Wrestlemania won't be remembered as a high point in Mayweather's career
Maybe Floyd Mayweather doesn't have 24 million reasons to meet The Big Show at Wrestlemania 24. But is it that rare to see a boxer suit up in tights and enter the squared circle?
Floyd Mayweather's recent plunge into the world of professional wrestling was not an immediate headline grabber, but when a news conference officially announced his March 30 appearance at Wrestlemania XXIV -- and, more specifically, his $20 million paycheck -- the latest boxer versus wrestler farce finally received some coverage.The payday is undoubtedly an exaggeration. WWE head Vince McMahon did not build an empire by offering people $20 million for a one-time appearance. (Although that could explain why Pete Rose kept coming back to get dropped on his head for several "manias" in a row.) In fact, some wrestling insiders guess Mayweather's take will be closer to $1 million. Still, various news outlets, including some reputable ones that should've known better, reported it as fact. Chalk one up for Floyd and Vince. Whether the paycheck is real or not, the story illustrates the surprising turnaround of Mayweather's career. Two years ago, he was literally weeping after beating Carlos Baldomir because he felt unappreciated; now, he's part of an annual pop culture event that attracts approximately a million viewers. The story also shows how far the wrestling business has come. Either wrestling has raised its profile, or the mainstream has lowered its standards because "sports entertainment" is no longer the nadir of showbiz. For Mayweather, Wrestlemania could mean that he has finally made it. But for some of us, there is only a sense of "Here we go again." Did we not learn anything in 1976 when Muhammad Ali met Japanese wrestler Antonio Inoki? Unable to agree on a plot line, Ali and Inoki were boring together.
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