Burst­ing bub­ble?

May­weather-Mc­Gre­gor is a stale act al­ready

Cape Breton Post - - Sports - BY TIM DAHLBERG

There’s a rea­son tons of good seats re­main for what was sup­posed to be the year’s hottest ticket.

Ac­tu­ally, there are two rea­sons the hype bub­ble sur­round­ing the fight be­tween Floyd May­weather Jr. and Conor Mc­Gre­gor has been punc­tured, at least a bit.

In their quest to ex­tract ev­ery dol­lar pos­si­ble, pro­mot­ers wildly mis­cal­cu­lated their au­di­ence. This isn’t box­ing, with an es­tab­lished wealthy fan base will­ing to pay thou­sands of dol­lars as they did for May­weather’s 2015 fight with Manny Pac­quiao.

The 20-some­thing UFC fans that are driv­ing this pro­mo­tion for the most part don’t have 10 grand to blow on a pair of seats. They’ll have to be con­tent to sit in front of the tele­vi­sion with a few friends, cheer­ing on Mc­Gre­gor from the couch in­stead of inside the arena.

The other rea­son might be that the con job that is May­weather and Mc­Gre­gor has been ex­posed. And, in a re­veal­ing twist, it was done by the fight­ers them­selves.

The drama has al­ready played out, al­most be­fore it re­ally got started. The act is tired, as any­one who saw the me­dia tour or watched the first “All Ac­cess” episode on Show­time can at­test.

See Floyd play with his money. Watch Conor model fur coats and boast that his net worth will quadru­ple.

Lis­ten as they scream pro­fan­i­ties at each other, then try not to laugh at the inside joke they share as they face off for pho­tog­ra­phers.

It’s all a big tease, a fan­ta­sy­land built on dreams and hopes. It’s as phoney as the $100 mil­lion check that May­weather likes to wave around when the truth is he can’t even af­ford to pay his taxes with­out sell­ing some of his as­sets.

That’s enough to sell it to home view­ers at $99.95 apiece. It’s en­ter­tain­ment, much like Wrestle­ma­nia, and a good ex­cuse to get a few friends to­gether for a party.

But it’s a lit­tle tougher to jus­tify $15,000 (plus $1,292.81 in ser­vice fees) for two seats in Sec­tion 4, Row S of the T-Mo­bile arena that are so far from ring­side you’ll need to spend another $100 for a pair of binoc­u­lars to see the ac­tion.

AP PHOTO

This July 13 photo shows Floyd May­weather Jr., left, and Conor Mc­Gre­gor fac­ing each other for pho­tos dur­ing a news con­fer­ence at Bar­clays Cen­ter in New York.

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