Sugar Ray Leonard is the latest boxing legend to condemn Mayweather vs. McGregor…

Currently the hot topic, the boxing super fight between Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather has fans divided. Some believe the fight will bring much needed attention to boxing and MMA.

However, there are others who feel that it will be a disgrace to combat sports. Pundits and critics from both sports have made varying predictions, but only one thing is sure right now. This fight will happen, it’s just a matter of when.

McGregor and Mayweather are destined to clash, but a number of boxing legends have voiced their displeasure…


Why would this be bad for combat sports, or for either boxing or MMA? Well, some people are saying that yet another fight purely fuelled by money is not a positive thing. Also, McGregor hasn’t boxed semi-pro, yet alone professionally.

Going up against arguably the greatest boxer of our generation in his boxing debut, McGregor will certainly have his hands full.

Boxing legends Sugar Ray Leonard and Oscar De La Hoya threw some serious shade at the fight this weekend:

Sugar Ray Leonard is brutally honest about Conor McGregor vs. Floyd Mayweather…

Leonard Not Impressed

Speaking with Fight Hub TV, Leonard poked some holes in the MoneyMac fight:

“To boxing purists, it’s garbage,” Leonard said. “To fans in general, it’s the fight of a lifetime. There’s a mixture. If they box, who wins? Mayweather wins, if they ‘fight’ then McGregor wins.”

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And how about Oscar De La Hoya’s EPIC rant:

“To my fellow #boxing fans:

I write in the hopes that together we can protect the sport of boxing.

With each passing day, it looks more and more likely that the circus known as Floyd Mayweather Vs. Conor McGregor will be coming to town in the near future.

As undercard fights start to take form, athletic commissions give their blessings in exchange for millions of dollars and the fighters start counting even more cash, one group will eventually be left to make sure this farce doesn’t occur.

We, the fans, who are the lifeblood of our sport.

Boxing is starting to dig out of the hole that Floyd and Manny Pacquiao shoveled by waiting seven years to put on a fight that ended up being as dull as it was anti-climactic.

2017 has started off as a banner year for boxing. Joshua vs. Klitschko; Thurman vs. Garcia; Golovkin vs. Jacobs; Canelo vs. Chavez. All four of these fights – and many more — have brought the fight game back and reinvigorated interest from the ever-elusive casual fan.

Now, I know critics will say that I’m only writing this letter because my company is promoting what will be the culmination of an outstanding boxing year when Canelo Alvarez takes on Gennady “GGG” Golovkin in September, and I don’t want anything to distract attention away from that fight.

But my interest is in the health of boxing as a whole. It always has been. And if Floyd were to come out of retirement to take on someone like Keith “One–time” Thurman, Errol Spence or some other top welterweight, not only would I applaud the fight, I’d be the first one on line for a ticket.

That kind of fight is what the fans – and I am a fan first — deserve.

Which brings me back to the circus.

Floyd’s and Conor’s motivation is clear. It’s money. In fact, they don’t even pretend it’s not. But it’s also a lack of consequences for when the fight ends up being the disaster that is predicted. After this fight, neither of them will need us anymore. Floyd will go back to retirement — presumably for good this time with another nine-figure paycheck — and Conor will go back to the UFC.

It’s a win-win for them. It’s a lose-lose for us. We’ll be $100 lighter and we will have squandered another opportunity to bring boxing back to its rightful place as the sport of kings.

At this point, only we can shut the circus down by making it clear that we won’t pay to see a joke of a fight and telling our casual-fan friends that they shouldn’t either.



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  1. I hate to say it, Oscar, but Boxing has more than one foot in the grave right now. A fight between Mayweather and McGregor would help pull it out of the grave. One reason boxing isn’t doing well, is because MMA is doing well. MMA is more dimensional and exciting… and, unlike boxing, it isn’t totally run by criminals with numb scull participants. Many MMA fighters actually went to college. They are a fresh breed that today’s people can relate to. Boxing isn’t there. That’s why this fight would help the sport of boxing. It would bring some MMA fans back to the sport, at least for a short time.

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