Let me get this out of the way right here at the start. I did not watch the exhibition bout between Floyd Mayweather and Don Moore from Abu Dhabi on pay-per-view. The main reason is that I’ve got much better ways to spend my hard-earned(ish) money, but I also didn’t order it because I don’t hate myself. At least that’s what I thought for a day or two.
Now, some of you may read that statement and think I hate Floyd Mayweather. And that’s not the case, at least as a boxer anyway. Love him or hate him, there’s simply no denying that he’s one of the greatest pound-for-pound fighters in the sport’s history.
I mean, you don’t win 15 major world titles across five weight classes and go 50-0 if you’re not. And I enjoyed watching him throughout the majority of his career. No, that doesn’t include the Conor McGregor bout, which was a joke.
However, these exhibition fights he’s been engaging in recently are an absolute joke. But as long as “Money” is getting paid, you can bet he doesn’t care what anyone thinks, obviously including me. If you haven’t watched any of them, good for you, as I can tell you they’re an absolute travesty.
While I refuse to spend money on these Floyd “fights,” I am still a boxing fan and will skim through them after the fact. I can’t help it. I’ve loved the sport for decades and am so sad with where it is as a whole right now. And watching this most recent Mayweather debacle only made things worse.
Floyd Mayweather embarrassed his opponent, a ring girl, and himself in Abu Dhabi
As far as the fight itself goes, it was never going to be close, and it wasn’t. That’s not a knock on Moore, who was once Mayweather’s sparring partner and was undefeated in his own right during his career, going 18-0-1 with a dozen KOs in 19 fights, the last coming in 2016.
But he was never on Floyd’s level, and he was simply outclassed in this fight, at least as it related to boxing. Mayweather used his speed to punish Moore over eight two-minute rounds and dropped him with 30 seconds left in the fight. So while no victor was officially declared, it was clear who won.
And it wasn’t boxing fans.
Now, I know this was an exhibition fight. But Mayweather’s extracurricular activities during the fight were absurd. For one, he attempted to change the rules during the bout, asking to change the round duration midway through the bout from two minutes to three. He certainly could’ve been joking here, but who knows?
Then there was Floyd mixing it up with the commentary team. But this wasn’t in between rounds. This was during the fight.
But the most embarrassing moment of the night did come during the stoppage between the sixth and seventh rounds. Still attempting to entertain, Mayweather grabbed the “Round 7” card from the ring girl and walked around with it for a few seconds as she followed.
While that was harmless enough, although she didn’t look overly pleased, things got worse once he returned it. Moments later, he attempted to dance with her, and when she turned to walk away, he lightly grabbed her arm and turned her toward him as he continued. As you can see in the video, she clearly wasn’t into it and just stood there until Mayweather stopped.
Not a good look for a guy with a history of violence against women. Yes, there is a video of it out there. I just chose not to include it.
After the final bell, Floyd Mayweather announced he would return to the UAE for yet another pointless exhibition later this year. He even claims to already have an opponent lined up. Yippy.
Look, you can go ahead and call me the old, grumpy purist if you like. It really doesn’t bother me. Because I am that guy. I like watching real fights. And you don’t have to say it. I’m aware nobody forced me to watch this nonsense, even after the fact. So I deserve the punishment that my eyes had to endure watching this garbage.
I won’t make that mistake again.
Fight records courtesy of BoxRec