BN Investigates | Premium | Jan 18 2020

When Conor McGregor tried out boxing

Elliot Worsell looks back on the Floyd Mayweather vs Conor McGregor circus and ponders what damage the whole sorry spectacle caused to boxing
Conor McGregor
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“FOR everything to stay the same, everything must change.”

Used to set the scene for a tale about the decline of a family of Sicilian aristocrats in the 1800s, this line from Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa’s 1958 book The Leopard also summarises where boxing found itself a year on from Floyd Mayweather vs Conor McGregor.

Change. How we feared it. Twelve months ago, the concern was that Mayweather vs McGregor, this cheap shot of a fight, would disfigure the face of boxing beyond all recognition; that it would apply to a face already replete with black eyes further blemishes so severe, so ghastly, the damage would be irreparable. Such thoughts were unavoidable. Lunatics, we felt, had taken over the asylum.