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Hype in Sports

By Fred Wallace

Connor McGregor-Floyd Mayweather match being hyped for August 26th.


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Hi, this is Fred Wallace with " Off the Wire. "

Has a sporting contest ever gone to the extended lengths to publicize an upcoming encounter like the promoters of the Connor McGregor-Floyd Mayweather match ?

Maybe Bobby Riggs-Billie Jean King.
Maybe Muhammad Ali-Antonio Inoki.

But even those two novelty events seem pale in comparison to what's been happening in advance of the August 26th crossover bout between McGregor and Mayweather in Las Vegas.

Actually, it's McGregor who is making the crossover, utilizing just one discipline from his mixed martial arts background, boxing, to oppose Mayweather.

To hype the contest, the two have engaged in a spirited sequence of showdowns and posturing around the continent including Toronto last week.

Truthfully, the Hype Show could be the best part of this fight.

Mayweather is undefeated as a boxer.
Mayweather seldom gets hit by professional boxers, let alone someone like McGregor, who has a good punch but not a lifetime of throwing and dodging.
And Mayweather's sport is the sport that the two will oppose each, so....I don't like McGregor's chances whatsoever..

Still McGregor, through his profanity laced tirades on the promotional campaign, proclaims that he'll defeat Mayweather within 4 rounds.

It makes for a great spectacle, no question, and everyone in this day & age LOVES a spectacle.

But if McGregor can actually accomplish what he says he can do against Floyd Mayweather Jr., I'll be stunned.

I'm Fred Wallace



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