Mak­ing cents, not much sense

May­weather-McGre­gor bout shap­ing up as one of most-watched of all time

Baltimore Sun - - SPORTS -

LAS VEGAS — Conor McGre­gor has been kept pretty much un­der wraps ever since his fight with Floyd May­weather Jr. was an­nounced, emerg­ing oc­ca­sion­ally to trash May­weather only to dis­ap­pear again be­hind the closed doors of the UFC train­ing cen­ter.

It’s not by ac­ci­dent. The big­gest sell­ing point of the spec­ta­cle that is tonight’s 154-pound fight is the un­known.

Is McGre­gor good enough to land a big punch on May­weather? Did he ac­quire enough box­ing skills in just a few short months to make what should be a lop­sided fight com­pet­i­tive?

In­quir­ing minds want to know, and there are enough of them to make this the most-watched fight in his­tory. Some 50 mil­lion peo­ple in the U.S. alone are ex­pected to gather with friends and fam­ily to see it all un­fold.

“I will be the king of both sports,” McGre­gor crowed. “I’m al­ready the king of fight­ing, I’ll soon be the king of box­ing.”

Not so fast, said May­weather, who comes from a box­ing fam­ily and fa­mously be­gan throw­ing punches be­fore he could walk.

“After 21 years I’ve been hit with ev­ery­thing and I’m still right here,” May­weather said. “If you give it you must be able to take it.”

It’s a fight that re­ally makes no sense other than mil­lions of peo­ple want to watch it. But the eco­nom­ics of the fight

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Cham­pion boxer Floyd May­weather Jr., left, is ex­pected to make $200 mil­lion tonight when he squares off against MMA cham­pion Conor McGre­gor, who is ex­pected to make $100 mil­lion. The fight will be held at the MGM Grand Ho­tel & Casino in Las Vegas.

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