It is quite clear that not many are fans of the upcoming Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor superfight. Six-division world champion and Golden Boy Promotions chairman and CEO Oscar De La Hoya, for one, is questioning how the fight ended up being sanctioned by the Nevada State Athletic Commission.
Fellow promoter Lou DiBella, meanwhile, holds a contrarian view. In an interview with MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani ahead of Bellator 180, DiBella ripped on critics who have lambasted the making of the fight.
“I’m sick of watching the whining, ‘it’s bad for boxing,’” DiBella said. “No, it’s not bad for boxing, you stupid motherf--kers. Anything that’s making people watch your sport or bringing attention to it is good for boxing. If Floyd Mayweather does what I sort of anticipate he’s gonna do, which is slap (McGregor) around like he’s his daddy, I don’t think that’s bad for boxing.”
DiBella even directed his attention at De La Hoya, whom he criticized for making the Canelo Alvarez-Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. fight happen.
“Oscar made something bad for boxing when Chavez fought Canelo and won every second of every round in a boring ass, disgraceful, one-sided, sh-tty three-hour pay-per-view. That wasn’t good for boxing. But Oscar, holier-than-thou Oscar running around with manifestos about how this is bad for boxing. Shut the f—k up!”
Mayweather vs. McGregor is scheduled for August 26th at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.