The night of August 26 will be a busy one for boxing, what with the news that Floyd Mayweather will get win number 50 in a revenue generating exhibition against trash talk master MMAer Conor McGregor, taking part in his first pro match as a boxer.
Also on that night, Puerto Rican future Hall of Famer Miguel Cotto (40-5) will glove up again, taking on Japanese banger Yoshihiro Kamegai (27-3-2).
That one will unfold on HBO, from Carson, CA.
The #Maygregor circus, meant to lure in non fight fans and ultra casuals, will unfold in Las Vegas, and screen on Showtime pay per view. The goal will be to surpass the 4.6 buys for the 2015 Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao tango, which stands in memory as being more enthralling in the flirting stage than the consummation time.
Golden Boy, headed by Oscar De La Hoya, has signed Cotto after the PR super vet and Roc Nation parted ways.
Fight nation and in all corners of casuals the Mayweather v McGregor announcement was the topic of conversation Wednesday. One sub plot of note within the sweet science sphere centered on the Aug. 26 over-schedule situation.
GBP exec Eric Gomez was asked if they might shift the date of the Cotto-Kamegai fight.
“Nope,” Gomez replied. “Will not move.”
To reiterate: if you were planning to hit Stub Hub to see Cotto and Kamegai vie for the vacant WBO 154 crown, don’t change your planner. HBO and Showtime will on that evening be engaged in a corporate rumble, boxing fans will be DVRing and some who like to hit live events will be forced to choose.