Second Mayweather-McGregor Press Conference Thrills Target Audience
By: Sean Crose
Well…at least Conor’s fans were happy. Wednesday’s press conference for the Mayweather-McGregor novelty boxing match was loaded with screaming, swearing and the thunderous approval of thousands of live fans. I have to be honest, I found it tiring. People loved it, though, and the affair seems to have delivered in a big way. Word is that McGregor won clearly. Good for him if he did. Frankly, the whole thing gave me a headache. Was it harmful? No. Was it indicative of a society in decline? No. Did it help sell a fight? Absolutely. Make of it what you will.
Photo Credit: Esther Lin and Showtime
The truth is that these press conferences actually appear to be what Mayweather-McGregor is all about. In other words, these media and fan gatherings are more important than the fight itself to those who want to watch it. At least that’s I’m reading on Twitter from people who look to be willing to spend good money on this pay per view. For what it’s worth, McGregor came off as a nasty piece of work, swearing, making the kinds of statements that infuriate social justice warriors and exhilarating the crowd, which clearly adored him. I’ll let you in on a secret – I doubt he’s really that big of an ass. Don’t tell anyone.
Having said that, I thought Floyd held his own, but what do I know? Truth be told, this fight isn’t targeted towards people like me. As I’ve stated before, this is a boxing match for people who don’t like boxing. Sure, some boxing fans will buy it. But it’s not geared towards them. It’s geared towards those who don’t like boxing. In other words, most of the known universe. For the record, there were shenanigans with the Irish flag and a money bag Floyd had brought onto the stage (McGregor said there was only five grand inside). Honestly, I have a somewhat hard time believing either man is inside the others’ head, but again, what do I know? I’m a boxing writer and this whole thing is being marketed to those with other interests.
By the way, McGregor lashed out at some of us “boxing experts,” letting us know how clueless we all are. I didn’t take it seriously, though – and if you take any of this seriously, you might want to take a step back and try to view things objectively. Still, if this sort of thing is your cup of tea, it’s probably the best cup of tea you’ll ever have.