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Jerry Sullivan's Power Take: McGregor-Mayweather fight is fraud of the century

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.

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