Mayweather vs McGregor: Rigged?
On August 26, Floyd Mayweather successfully improved his professional boxing record to a perfect 50-0 by stopping two-division UFC champion Conor McGregor in the tenth stanza of a scheduled twelve round fight at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
While most interested observers and paying customers seemed genuinely pleased with the entertainment value of the highly publicized event, one former world champion and current boxing promoter took great exception to the enormously successful undertaking, and challenged the integrity of the entire affair.
"The fight this past Saturday with Mayweather and McGregor was a scam and a fraud," stated Oscar De la Hoya on the August 28 episode of "The Dan Patrick Show". "What did you expect? Mayweather for the first four rounds didn't do anything...when has Mayweather not done anything within the first four rounds?"
"And ironically the fight gets stopped in the tenth round, when reports are that he bet on himself to win in the tenth round. People were suckered in, and I want to tell everyone that this is exactly what Mayweather is...and I'm tired of it."
Did Oscar just accuse Floyd Mayweather Jr. of fixing his own fight against Conor McGregor, even though he was slated to earn a guaranteed $300 million regardless of the event's outcome?
Upon further investigation, Floyd did indeed bet money on his own fight and won additional earnings as a result...but it's not nearly as bad as Oscar believes.
"I bet the under," stated Floyd Mayweather Jr. on ESPN, immediately following his TKO performance last Saturday night. "They didn't let me bet $400K. Earlier today I went to go bet $400 thousand, and the casino I went to didn't let me because I was the promoter. They thought I would set up the outcome of the fight. But I'm not going to set up a fight for $400K when I'm making $300 million."
"So I gave $400K to my friend who went to go bet the under for me, but they would only let him bet $87K."
If Mayweather had bet on a knock-out victory in the tenth round, he would have won big with 22 to 1 odds or (+2200). That would have been an astronomical payday for the average gambler at $1,914,000! Still chump-change compared to Floyd's estimated ring earnings of $300 million for almost 30 minutes of work...that equates to roughly $10 million for each minute in the squared circle! Wow!!
Instead, Floyd was forced to find solace with somewhat of a moral victory at the Sports Book by claiming the under, which only paid out a meager (+125) in comparison. Money May's "bold" wager earned him a whopping $108,750.00, with a net gain of approximately $21,750.00!!
Someone should ask the Golden Boy if he would risk having a guaranteed career-high payday of $300 million withheld for making a wager of $87K in the event of a fixed fight. Keep in mind, Floyd already made the decision to retire once again regardless of the outcome. What would be the point of fixing the outcome when he's making a guaranteed $300 million win or lose, and not returning to the professional ring ever again?
Furthermore, does Oscar realize how difficult it would be to actually fix a professional boxing match? Does he realize how many "moving parts" would have to be involved to guarantee the outcome?
That means, referee Robert Byrd would have been in on the fix...as well as Conor McGregor. Does De la Hoya truly believe that "rigging" the outcome of any prizefight is really that easy in the sport he so desperately loves?
Even back in the 40's and 50's, when the mob predominantly ran the sport of boxing on the east coast, the organized crime bosses realized that "rigging" fights was ultimately bad for business. Their logic was that if the paying customers realized the events were indeed "fixed", spectators would eventually lose interest in the sport. Just as it is at the gaming tables, every participant must believe that they do indeed possess a fighting chance to win big, or they will ultimately stop playing...very simple.
If it's not legit, the customer will quit.
Instead, the mob elected to monopolize the talent by signing all of the champions, forcing them to compete under their promotional banner or organization.
Sounds like the same tactics promoters in boxing and the UFC brass currently use, doesn't it?
Yes, there were cases in which the mob paid fighters to take a dive, or paid a ringside judge to score a bout in their fighter's favor, but those scenarios are very few and far in between. One could also find many examples of "outcome fixing" in every popular American pastime, including the NBA, NFL and the NCAA.
So Oscar, please focus on promoting your September 16 event between GGG and Canelo, and stop hating on Money May. Your words not only make you look extremely bitter, but also make the entire sport of boxing appear to be terribly shady.
So on behalf of the entire boxing community, please stop it!