In his proposed upcoming spectacle, Wrestlemania XXIV, he's enticing the public with a PPV event where current lt. middleweight champion of the world, Floyd Mayweather Jr., will take on one of the more lugubrious entities within the WWE organization.
The name of the opponent in question is none other than Big Show. The name itself should tell you all you need to know about the proposed bout.
We've seen the efforts of Sly Stallone's Rocky portrayal where he took on Terry Bollea, aka Hulk Hogan, in one of the eponymous Rocky movies. That farce was one for the ages! As too was Ali's spectacle where he fought Japanese wrestler Antonio Inoue'.
Be it for money or not, it's been alleged that Mayweather will earn about $20 million for his efforts. Considering that he'll be outweighed by as much as 300 pounds and overshadowed by more than 17 inches, I'd say the money he'll be earning is well worth it.
Scripted or not, WWE shows tend to be nothing more than fun and games for the fans. And for the participants it's nothing more than a day at the office.
The event itself will take place March 30 at the Amway Arena in Orlando. Is Madison Square Garden or the MGM Grand in Vegas not worthy of this event? I guess the lowest common denominator has to be in play here. Give the fans what they want and they'll milk it for all it's worth.
The irony of this all is that there will be people all too willing to pay the outlay of $29.95 or more to watch this farce. This merely heightens the fact that the sport of boxing has hit on hard times. The fans are no longer ravenous for the sport as it has seen its popularity supplanted by the more entertaining genre of Mixed Martial Arts. Value for money? Probably more than many of the cards we've seen from within boxing as of late, including their undercards.
The WWE knows how to put on their spectacles and sell them to an ever-eager audience. At the end of the day, that’s all Vince McMahon wants out of this. The rest, as they say, is just business.
For Mayweather this might hurt his legacy, but what the hell does he care? For him it's become nothing more than money. It's not as if he's going to lose, is it? These shows are nothing more than scripted soap operas where there always has to be a hero and a villain.
It's pretty clear who will be the hero and who will be the villain. It's just a matter of who the fans want to see prevail.