WITH boxing it can be difficult at times to decide whether to cheer, laugh or cry and that’s how it appears right now. We have just enjoyed a master class from Terence Crawford when beating Jose Benavidez. The show reportedly drew the highest US viewing figures this year for any boxing show either broadcast or cable this. We have Tony Bellew lining up to fight Olek Usyk on November 10 with all four cruiserweight belts on the line. Saul Alvarez is moving up to fight Rocky Fielding for the secondary WBA super-middleweight title on December 15. We have a very competitive WBSS super-light tournament on the go and a bantamweight tournament that holds out the possibility of some very tasty fights, Vasyl Lomachenko will try to unify the WBA and WBO lightweight titles when he faces Jose Pedraza on December 8 and Mikey Garcia looks set to defend his WBC lightweight title against Richard Commey. If Garcia wins then a Lomachenko vs. Garcia fight will be an immediate topic of conversation. On December 22 Josh Warrington will put his IBF featherweight title on the line against Carl Frampton and of course there will be a huge WBC heavyweight title fight between Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury on December 1 with combined records of 67-0 and two very different styles and very different people. Plenty there for our pleasure.
The laugh or cry comes in with Floyd Mayweather Jnr having trouble not being the big superstar so announcing he is going to fight some UFC guy named Khabib Nurmagomedov on December 31. After that somehow he will fit in another fight with Conor McGregor – once was more than enough – and then Manny Pacquiao – once was more than enough – with Mayweather claiming that he estimates his purse for Nurmagomedov could be $110 to $200 million. Hell, I didn’t realise there were that many idiots in the world. This isn’t about boxing it’s about an ego that can’t stand not being the main man in the headlines. I am tempted to shout for Nurmagomedov.
Manny Pacquiao did not help my mood by saying he expected to fight Mayweather on May 5.