Written by DML
Last night, moments before the biggest pro fight in years, the scene in my living room was the definition of Murphy’s Law.
The law says that “anything that can go wrong will go wrong”.
I had reluctantly agreed to drop the $99 to see the Mayweather v. McGregor fight because I love boxing and this was promoted as a can’t miss event.
Like any big boxing event, this one made viewers endure the “previews” — aka undercard bouts that lasted a painful 3 hours. Because the fights took place in Las Vegas it was near midnight before the main bout took place.
At about 10 minutes before midnight, the 3rd fight ended but so did my connection. My TV actually went black. All there was to see was a message reading “Lost connection.”
My yelling started…
I asked my wife, “Mary, what did you do, did you hit a button on the remote?”
She replied: “NO!”
“Did you not pay the cable bill?”
She replied: “I paid the bill.”
I asked my son, “How do you work this stupid smart TV? Where did the fight go?”
He replied: “Nothing is wrong with the smart TV!”
I asked the TV directly: “Why are you doing this to me?”
The TV did not answer.
Turns out I was not alone. Most people watching on a TV experienced the same outage.
The demand to watch the fight was so huge that the cable lines overloaded.
We were watching it on the UFC APP made for smart TV. When it was clear that the APP was not going to recover, we tried switching over to the Showtime Pay Per View channel, but that wasn’t working either. The overload was too great.
I went on my phone to Twitter. Tweets were coming in by the droves. The demand was so great that the start of the fight was delayed while Showtime PPV consulted with various TV systems around the country and tried to resolve some transmission issues.
Eventually, I saw a Tweet that read “UFC APP remains down but Showtime fixed the issue. The fight is about to start.” But our Showtime PPV channel was still down. So, I ripped out my credit card and paid another $99 to watch it on my laptop via the Showtime App. I then had to hook my laptop to the TV. By the time everything was hooked together, the boxers were standing toe to toe before the first bell! I had made it in time.
The keystone cop routine in my house was well worth it. What a great fight.
McGregor, the Irishman with an ego the size of the Grand Canyon, had never fought in a boxing ring as a pro. He went up against Mayweather, arguably the most successful boxer in history at 49-0.
McGregor came out fighting a very impressed fight, landing punch after punch on Mayweather who looked tired and old.
But according to Mayweather, who won the fight in the 10th round after the referee stopped the bout due to concerns that McGregor was taking too harsh a beating, he started off slow intentionally.
McGregor had never been in a boxing match. The longest he had ever fought in an ultimate fighting bout was 25-minutes. Mayweather figured the best approach was to allow McGregor to come out swinging for a few rounds. The thought was he would eventually tire.
It turned out to be a great approach. McGregor, 29, could barely keep his arms up by the 10th round. Meanwhile, Mayweather, 40, went back to looking like a young man landing a combination of devastating blows to McGregor’s head.
Mayweather was guaranteed $100 million for his night’s work, and could make double that if the pay-per-view buys were as strong as expected. McGregor’s guarantee with the Nevada State Athletic Commission was $30 million, be he stood to make $75,000,000 based on PPV receipts.
Although McGregor lost, he took it like a man and congratulated Mayweather. But he wasn’t happy about the fight being stopped. In the post-fight interviews, McGregor said the referee should have let the fight continue. But truth is, Mayweather (50-0) would have knocked him out cold had the fight continued — it was the smart move.
Either way, the fight was excellent to watch, and it was well worth the $99. Or is it $198? I have no idea who has my money at this point. Mayweather and McGregor, I guess.
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