14. Attitude Era Veteran Explains Why Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor Is Bad For Boxing
During a recent appearance on the Primo Nutmeg podcast, WWF Attitude Era Veteran & UFC Hall of Famer Ken Shamrock discussed the upcoming mega fight between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor. Shamrock explained why this fight is bad for the world of Boxing and below is what he said:
“I think it’s good for the fight world. It’s given people a reason to complain or to be excited. As long as people are all talking, then you’ve got something. I think it’s good for Mayweather. He’s got a fight that I think that he can’t lose, as far as judge-wise, getting his hand raised. I think that he has a pretty good chance of winning and really not having to put too much effort into doing so.
I think it’s bad for boxing because it doesn’t do anything for them. You’re basically taking a guy like Conor McGregor, who’s never really been into boxing, and you’re gonna throw him in there with the world champion. Now, if Conor McGregor puts up a fight at all, then boxing is going to look bad. You have one of the best ever stepping into the ring and he should dominate McGregor. But that’s not Floyd Mayweather’s style. He doesn’t dominate guys. He basically beats them into submission by hitting them so many times that they don’t know where the next punch is coming from. It’s not like it’s going to knock him out or anything like that. It’s just going to frustrate him, it’s going to bruise him up. It’s going to get him angry, it’s going to get him confused. And he’s gonna make him look off-balance the whole time.
I think that it’s not good for boxing. I think it’s good for Mayweather. He’s gonna make a lot of money. He doesn’t need to put much effort into it. He’s gonna get a win in his column no matter what.
I think it’s great for Conor McGregor because he has nothing, nothing to lose, and everything to gain. And I think it’s good for the UFC because it’s drawing a much bigger spectator from boxing into the Ultimate Fighting Championship or the no-holds-barred or the MMA world. So it really doesn’t make sense to me why they would put the reputation of boxing on the line.”