Money bet­ter spent else­where

Shepparton News - - SN VIEW POINT - CAMERON WHITE­LEY cameron.white­ley@shep­p­

The week­end show­down be­tween Floyd May­weather and Conor McGre­gor was one of the most an­tic­i­pated events in modern sports his­tory.

May­weather, the un­de­feated cham­pion Amer­i­can boxer, ver­sus Ir­ish­man McGre­gor, a star in the sport of UFC.

Clearly plenty of peo­ple cared, judg­ing by the crowd, and the mas­sive au­di­ence the fight com­manded on payper-view and so­cial me­dia.

But I was not even re­motely in­ter­ested in the fight, let alone the out­come.

Aside from the fact it just wasn’t my cup of tea, I find it dif­fi­cult to com­pre­hend the ab­surd amount of money on of­fer for both com­peti­tors.

It has been re­ported that May­weather, the win­ner, earned at least $100 mil­lion for the win and the de­feated McGre­gor still pock­eted about $30 mil­lion.

This amount re­port­edly does not in­clude cuts for each com­peti­tor from payper-view pur­chases from the fight, that is set to see these fig­ures swell.

I’ve got noth­ing against those who tuned in or who were in­ter­ested in the re­sult, but there was no way I was go­ing to pay to watch it.

Maybe it’s just me, but all I can think of with this sort of coin be­ing thrown around is what the money could buy for those who most need it.

How many starv­ing kids would that feed? How many meals for the home­less? How many loaves of bread, or litres of milk would that equate to?

Surely, no sportsper­son, re­gard­less of how good they are or what sport they com­pete in, de­serves such an ob­scene amount of money for lit­tle more than an hour’s ef­fort.

The re­ported pay­outs are ex­trav­a­gant and un­nec­es­sary.

Just imag­ine what good could be done with $130 mil­lion. ● Cameron White­ley is news edi­tor at The News.

Pic­ture: EPA/Sam Mor­ris/Las Ve­gas News Bureau

Over­paid: Floyd May­weather Jr (right) in ac­tion against Conor McGre­gor dur­ing their fight at the T-Mo­bile Arena in Las Ve­gas, Ne­vada, in the United States, on Saturday.

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