Of all the stupid fucking bullshit that could call attention to boxing in the mainstream media, THIS is what’s responsible?
I mean it’s cool an’ all, the idea of the perpetually curmudgeonly and grandfatherly Larry Merchant talking back to one of this generations greatest fighters; but even so, I would hardly consider it worthy of being a “thing.”
While I’m on the topic, whoever started the meme that is the mainstream use of the word “meme,” is an asshole that will very likely have a place in future encyclopedia articles regarding “The Collapse of Western Civilization.”
As a lifelong fan, any news, no matter how trivial/stupid, of boxing making waves in the mainstream is good for the sport.
In a perfect world, news of good fights, or exceptional fighters would be sufficient to qualify as “news-worthy,” but sadly, in this day and age; we need to rely on stupid bullshit like Uncle Larry cussing out “Money” Mayweather to get any sort of publicity for boxing.
At many points in my life, I’ve found myself putting my head between my legs and muttering to myself:
“Why couldn’t I have grown up being a football fan? It would be so much easier…”
Boxing doesn’t have seasons or teams.
Thanks to the lucrative nature of pay-per-view and the alphabet soup of rankings and belt commissions, big fights are virtually impossible to see without paying out the nose.
And if you’re like me, and are from the Pacific Northwest, you don’t have any big name fighters to represent your city, state, or continental region.
Needless to say, where I’m from, “Did you see the fight last night?” is one of those phrases that just doesn’t compute with most people.
If this incident snags boxing a few more fans, that’s terrific.
Just don’t expect me to put up with you if you try to reach out and talk boxing with me and bring up Larry Merchant and Mayweather’s little tiff as you’re opening topic.
To that I’d probably say:
“Yeah that was kind of funny, you do realize there was a fight that night, right?”
That being said, while I’m happy boxing and my boy Larry Merchant are having their (mostly undesired) moment in the sun, I’ll be a lot happier when the buzz dies down and we can get back to business.