The Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor boxing match last year on 26th August has not had significant impact in the boxing front.
This match can only be described as a collision between two biggest stars in combat sports.
It was largely designed to see how much money these stars could generate with a frequently raunchy, occasionally racist, and always trash-talk-filled build-up.
A close recap shows the match didn’t have an impact upon society and it wasn’t a classic battle that will be remembered fondly by history.
The fighters saw possibilities and jumped first into the fray. Mayweather wound up making over $200 million, while McGregor forked in $85 million.
Their fight sold 4.4 million on pay-per-view, which was second all-time, and had a live gate of $55.4 million, also second all time.
It was, as predicted, a one-sided bout as Mayweather stopped McGregor in the 10th round. Always cautious, Mayweather carried McGregor in the first several rounds to get a feel for his speed and quickness, his power and his movements.
Once Mayweather was comfortable that he understood what he was up against, he opened up and dominated and won with little threat from his outmatched opponent.
These kinds of mega-fights have often in the past had enormous impacts socially, politically and/or within the sport itself.
Joe Louis knocked out Max Schmeling in the first round in 1938 as Adolf Hitler was proclaiming Aryan superiority and the world was on the brink of war.
That bout had great cultural significance that extended far beyond the events in the ring.
So, too, Jack Johnson’s successful defense of his heavyweight title over James J. Jeffries in 1910 that began to change the way blacks were treated in boxing.
Johnson had become the first black heavyweight champion in 1908, but it wasn’t until he faced the legendary Jeffries in 1910 that his greatness was widely appreciated.
In more modern times, Ronda Rousey’s first-round submission of Liz Carmouche at UFC 157 signaled a cultural shift in MMA.
It was the first time women fought on and headlined a UFC card and it opened the door to a women’s division that has had an enormous impact upon the sport as well as the UFC.
The Mayweather-McGregor bout was predictable in so many ways. McGregor had used the force of his personality to rocket to super stardom.
He was willing to fight anyone, at any time, anywhere and usually called his shot before he did it.
When he mused about fighting Mayweather after his win over Jose Aldo at UFC 194, it got the ball rolling and the fight eventually was made.
Mayweather was happily retired at the time, but recognized that a bout with McGregor would be an easy one for him in the ring that would not threaten his perfect record, and would promise yet another nine-figure payday.
He earned his first nine-figure check for beating Manny Pacquiao in 2015. He left the ring and walked toward a journalist at ringside that night and opened an envelope to reveal a $100 million check that served as his guarantee.
Given his pay-per-view proceeds from the Pacquiao fight, Mayweather earned nearly $280 million from that bout alone.
With his gross of over $200 million for beating up McGregor, Mayweather earned more than a half-billion dollars in those two fights, more than any boxer had ever earned in a career.