Former pro boxer Paulie Malignaggi quit as sparring partner for Conor McGregor last week after photos were released of Malignaggi being knocked down in the ring. The ex-champ claims he was pushed and said preparations for McGregor's fight with Floyd Mayweather had become a "circus."
He's right. The Aug. 26 bout between UFC superstar McGregor and Mayweather, one of the greatest boxers ever, is a spectacle and a ripoff, evidence of P.T. Barnum's assertion that there's a sucker born every minute.
In this case, there could be five million. That's how many suckers might shell out the $89.95 required to view this fiasco on Pay Per View. Mayweather and McGregor could split a purse in the $300 million range -- with Mayweather rumored to be getting a 70 percent cut.
Never mind that McGregor will be boxing as a pro for the first time, or that Mayweather is 40. Fight fans with vivid imaginations will convince themselves McGregor has a chance. I wouldn't rule anything out, however shady, considering the riches that would be at stake in a rematch.
I'd sooner watch my dog stare down rabbits on her daily walk than spend a dime on this fraud. No need to count to 10, I'm out.