Boxing takes a step into the unknown this weekend, or at least the junior middleweight division does, with the much-hyped Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor fight.
The Irish freestyle fighter against a classical US ringmaster, both seen as prime exponents of their craft, but crafts so different this is, say many, surely a mismatch.
McGregor certainly was having none of being thought of as second-best at the weigh-in.
He won the staredown and shouting contest by a knockout.
The novelty value alone has ensured huge curiosity for the fight, but the purists sniff and say it is like Ben Johnson running against a racehorse, a meaningless gimmick that can only tarnish Mayweather’s reputation whatever way it ends.
The promoters say ‘who cares?’ as do the fighters, as everyone is going to cash in bigtime in what may prove to be the richest bout in boxing history.