Opinion

Money better spent elsewhere

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August 30, 2017

Floyd Mayweather Jr (right) in action against Conor McGregor during their fight at the T-Mobile Arenba in Las Vegas, Nevada, in the United States, on Saturday. Picture: EPA/Sam Morris/Las Vegas News Bureau

The weekend showdown between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor was one of the most anticipated events in modern sports history.

Mayweather, the undefeated champion American boxer, versus Irishman McGregor, a star in the sport of UFC.

Clearly plenty of people cared, judging by the crowd, and the massive audience the fight commanded on pay-per-view and social media.

But I was not even remotely interested in the fight, let alone the outcome.

Aside from the fact it just wasn’t my cup of tea, I find it difficult to comprehend the absurd amount of money on offer for both competitors.

It has been reported that Mayweather, the winner, earned at least $100million for the win and the defeated McGregor still pocketed about $30million.

This amount reportedly does not include cuts for each competitor from pay-per-view purchases from the fight, that is set to see these figures swell.

I’ve got nothing against those who tuned in or who were interested in the result, but there was no way I was going to pay to watch it.

Maybe it’s just me, but all I can think of with this sort of coin being thrown around is what the money could buy for those who most need it.

How many starving kids would that feed? How many meals for the homeless? How many loaves of bread, or litres of milk would that equate to?

Surely, no sportsperson, regardless of how good they are or what sport they compete in, deserves such an obscene amount of money for little more than an hour’s effort.

The reported payouts are extravagant and unnecessary.

Just imagine what good could be done with $130million.

Cameron Whiteley is news editor at The News.

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