As reported Thursday, 5-division former world champ and undisputed boxing cash cow, Floyd “Money” Mayweather will be entering the ring once again on May 14 in an exhibition bout against retired 18-0-1 pro “Dangerous” Don Moore in Dubai.
Per press release:
“Legendary undefeated multi-weight champion known as ‘TBE – The Best Ever,’ Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather (50-0, 27 KOs), will return to the ring to face also undefeated “Dangerous” Don Moore (18-0-1, 12 KOs) in the headlining matchup of the inaugural edition of ‘The Global Titans Fight Series,’ a unique global-boxing event, staged ‘in the skies of Dubai’ and broadcast live, worldwide, via premium digital-streaming service LIVENow.
Presented by co-owners FrontRowTMT and ROQU Media, in association with Mayweather Promotions, the historic event, held incredibly, outdoors on the helipad of Dubai’s opulent Burj Al Arab Hotel, the UAE’s most iconic hotel and a global icon of Arabian luxury, will also showcase a fantastic undercard of world-famous combatants such as UFC legend Anderson Silva facing fellow Brazilian fighting star Bruno Machado in an exhibition bout, as well as an official fight between beloved former world champion Badou Jack (25-3-3, 15 KOs) and Hany ‘Egyptian Hurricane’ Atiyo (16-4, 12 KOs) from Dubai via Egypt.”
Okay. Some question here, from this side of the computer screen.
First, why Don Moore? The Gary, Indiana native hasn’t fought since 2016 and never got past the low-level prospect stage in his career, with only one eight-round fight on his ledger and long gaps between fights in a career that started in 1999. Maybe being an old sparring partner and pal of Mayweather’s was enough to get him the high-profile B-side slot?
Then we have to ask why Mayweather, as head of Mayweather Promotions, which will be putting on a PPV show headlined by Mayweather Promotions’ Gervonta “Tank” Davis and Rolando “Rolly” Romero on May 28, would be peddling a PPV just two weeks ahead of his company’s show.
It makes no sense from a business standpoint, unless Mayweather’s only real business concern is his own personal glory and enrichment, not that of the fighters he promotes or the promotional company he heads.
Another question is whether Mayweather’s legacy as a fighter will be affected as he engages in more and more fluffed up, frivolous exhibitions, obscuring the memories of his achievements as an active pro.
In 2017, Mayweather had a mega-money clash with UFC star Conor McGregor, which was actually a real, sanctioned fight, but came off as an exhibition in every way. The following year, Mayweather grasped at a reported $9 million payday to batter Japanese featherweight kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa in a one-sided exhibition blowout. Then, after endlessly teasing at comebacks and returns to the ring, he finally did come back. On June 6, 2021, the future first ballot Hall of Famer fought YouTube personality and novice 0-1 boxer Logan Paul in an exhibition that had neither a winner nor a loser, although it was clear that Mayweather carried the younger, bigger man for most of the eight-round limit.
Now we have this one on May 14…on a helipad…in “the skies of Dubai”…against someone even hardcore boxing fans would find impossible to pick out of a lineup.
One could ask “what’s the point,” but we all kind of know the point. Money for “Money.” But positioning this fluff PPV exhibition fight at a time when it could upstage a PPV bout between young fighters he’s supposed to be promoting? That’s weak.