Editorial By Robert Brizel, Head Real Combat Media Boxing Correspondent
Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr. has fought Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, Jake Paul, and Conor McGregor. Whether real or exhibition, especially during the COVID-19 chronological time period, money is an education in professional sports. The money talks, and the bull*#t walks. As bank robber, Willie Sutton so eloquently once said, “I wanted the money.”
Why on earth would aging exhibitionist Iron Mike Tyson want to fight Jake Paul or Logan Paul? Why would Canelo want to fight Jake Paul? Why would Tyson, Canelo and Oscar De La Hoya want to fight Conor McGregor? The answer is simple: for the money. Tyson himself has stated 100 million reasons. The dough. We are not talking one hundred thousand dollars here. Social media has made Jake Paul and Logan Paul and other social media icons a smash. People who need money will fight them for the cash, and the public will pay for pay-for-views to watch the order or slaughter.
Real or exhibition, like businessman’s boxing, it is not necessarily good boxing, but as David Haye, Lamar Odom, and Paulie Malignaggi proved recently, these strange boxing exhibitions featuring celebrities versus celebrities or aging retired boxers is lucrative, even if the matchups are sadistic and painful to watch. The public is feeding on it, and some boxing commissions are allowing it, Ripley’s Believe It or Not, even if it should not be allowed. The State of Florida allowed Evander Holyfield to do it, he got tortured in less than two minutes like a fool. The public acted to stop Riddick Bowe from fighting again, for better or for worse. What it all adds up to is creative boxing madness for quick cash. If the money’s good, and it sells, like Muhammad Ali versus Larry Holmes, why not do it?
Holyfield’s exhibition loss proved the dangers of the do. Eventually, somebody will get seriously hurt. Reality check. Mismatches can result in fatalities, exhibition or not.
Now training for Caleb Plant in San Diego for their Showtime unification super middleweight bout in Las Vegas, Canelo told fighthype.com We don’t know. We never say no. We don’t know. He can try and keep…fighting and learning. We’ll see in the future.” Of course, Canelo’s camp will never say no to a big-money pay-per-view megabucks bonanza, even against Jake Paul.
This past summer, Jake Paul told reporters if Avni Yidilrim and Billy Jo Saunders could fight Canelo, so eventually could he for the cash. “So, if those guys can go in there, and hang in there with Canelo, can Jake Paul [me do the same] in three years [tme] go 12 rounds and beat him? We’ll see. Don’t put it past [my camp and corner].” The Paul brothers have become the equivalent of a boxing circus carnival freak show. Want to see the freak show? Buy your pay-per-view ticket whenever the circus is televised, is what it amounts to in the present moment.
On Saturday, October 2, 2021, Mike Tyson, on his “Hellboxin” podcast, stated “Hell yeah, that would be a lot of money,” referring to a celebrity bout with Jake Paul or Logan Paul. Tysons stated he would prefer to fight Logan Paul, who fought an exhibition last summer with Floyd Mayweather Jr. “Well, that’s the money fight (fighting exhibitions with these guys]. Those are the fights that make the money. Those guys have 75 million people watching them. For a 100 million bucks, they’ll do anything,” noted Tyson.
The analogy is for the cash, these celebrity exhibitions or real bouts are an income smash. Truth be told, these mismatched exhibitions and bouts are something between the ridiculous, the bizarre and sadistic. The chances of somebody of advanced age or limited ability getting seriously hurt are very real. Evander Holyfield is lucky to be alive. The tragedy is real enough from time to time in professional sports.
What athletic commissions are doing is tempting the devil with potential tragedies in motion. The coronavirus pandemic has highlighted one major criticism: the emphasis on keeping the economy rolling over shutting down countries to protect human lives. For economic reasons, the Pandemic contradiction is emphasizing economic gains over human losses. Every human life is meaningful. For various reasons, over time in war and peace, people often miss this message. Sports sells, for viewing and gambling.