Oscar De La Hoya is leading the brigade of boxing purists against Mayweather vs. McGregor, calling the fight “a joke” and "[something] our sport might not ever recover [from],” but he’s biased.
Mayweather vs. McGregor has cut into the anticipation of the megafight between Gennady “GGG” Golovkin and Saúl “Canelo” Álvarez that De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions will stage September 16 at T-Mobile Arena. Boxing fans had demanded the bout between the world’s two best middleweights for years before its official announcement in May.
Golden Boy’s contract with MGM Resorts International, which owns T-Mobile Arena, stipulated that it couldn’t host any other boxing matches within three weeks of the event. Mayweather vs. McGregor is scheduled exactly three weeks before Golovkin vs. Álvarez.
The 35-year-old Golovkin is undefeated and widely considered the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world. The 27-year-old Álvarez is the most popular current boxer, and his only career loss came against Mayweather.
No one from the boxing world is going to skip out on watching Golovkin vs. Álvarez because of Mayweather vs. McGregor, but casual fans seem unlikely to buy two pay-per-views within a three-week span.