LOS ANGELES — Send out the clowns. Make way for the big cats.
People liked Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor. But people also like Weird Al Yankovic and Dippin’ Dots and formica.
Saturday night was faux-play. Sept. 16 is live action. Gennady Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez were at L..A. Live, Monday, discussing how they will determine the identity of the best middleweight in the world, maybe the best boxer in the world while they’re at it.
As someone told your teenage self when you swigged your first Pabst Blue Ribbon, wait till you try the real thing.
Mayweather’s 10th-round knockout of McGregor gave the illusion of drama to those who hadn’t seen boxing at its best, whose palms had never sweated in that churning moment between the referee’s instructions and the first bell.
Those who say McGregor proved a point are confusing activity with achievement. He was fighting a 40-year-old who hadn’t fought in two years, and who hadn’t stopped anybody since 2007 (Ricky Hatton) if you discount the night Mayweather sucker-punched Victor Ortiz. McGregor is a great athlete, but this didn’t even rise to the standard of Michael Jordan hitting .200 in Double-A.
“He is a fighter, not a boxer,” said Golovkin of McGregor. He waved his hand dismissively. On Saturday night he watched the Miguel Cotto card on HBO instead.
By now Golovkin is tired of other people’s fire.
Despite his accolades and his 37-0 record with 33 knockouts, Golovkin never has fought in Las Vegas….