The long-awaited fight between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao brought life and vitality to boxing again, if for only a moment. The biggest fight in recent memory, millions gathered around their television set to watch the highly anticipated bout.
It turned out to be a snoozer, but that’s beside the point.
The build up was the biggest in years.
That’s what makes the build-up to the fight between Mayweather and 155-pound UFC Champ Connor McGregor so incredible.
According to Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe, it’s bigger. Speaking with USA Today, Ellerbe commented on the cultural phenomenon that the fight has become.
“This is bigger,” Ellerbe said. “Everything about this feel is bigger. Everything about this feel. Again, me personally, I can’t go nowhere without everybody asking me the same damn thing, and it’s about, ‘Is Floyd going to fight Conor McGregor?’
For a time, it seemed as if the fight was never going to happen. It started with some verbal barbs, but wasn’t expected to proceed beyond that. Both McGregor and Mayweather wouldn’t let up on their posturing, though.
Eventually, public desire for the fight became so feverish, the only solution was to make it happen.
Most aren’t expecting the fight to be very competitive. But that isn’t causing any of the hype to die down. The two fighters will meet on August 26 in Las Vegas.