After losing his epic boxing match against Floyd “Money” Mayweather, Conor McGregor bragged that he was able to turn Mayweather into a Mexican. McGregor has been known to be loose with his lips when it comes to race, but in this case he was paying a compliment to the proud history of Mexican boxers who are known in boxing circles as some of the toughest and most entertaining in the world. Mayweather is famous for NOT fighting in the ring and instead wins by frustrating his opponents with his elusive defensive skills. By calling him a Mexican, McGregor was essentially saying he forced Mayweather to “fight like a man” the way Mexicans do. It may have been the great Howard Cosell who first recognized the extraordinary stamina and heart that Mexican boxers exhibited in the ring. Nobody embodied this image more than Julio Cesar Chavez, but the list of world-class Mexican fighters is long. For what it is worth, I thought the McGregor/Mayweather fight was a sham. McGregor wouldn’t last a round with an elite boxer in his prime, but I am still grateful to his tip of the hat to the great tradition of Mexican boxers. #CaneloversusGGG
The NFL markets its brand as well as any enterprise in the world. I heard a comedian once say that the NFL is so popular, it has its own day. NFL football is huge. Each NFL franchise brings in approximately $400M a year in revenue; almost double the annual revenue of NBA teams and 2 ½ times as much as MLB clubs.