“FOR everything to stay the same, everything must change.”
Used to set the scene for a tale about the decline of a family of Sicilian aristocrats in the 1800s, this line from Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa’s 1958 book The Leopard also summarises where boxing found itself a year on from Floyd Mayweather vs Conor McGregor.
Change. How we feared it. Twelve months ago, the concern was that Mayweather vs McGregor, this cheap shot of a fight, would disfigure the face of boxing beyond all recognition; that it would apply to a face already replete with black eyes further blemishes so severe, so ghastly, the damage would be irreparable. Such thoughts were unavoidable. Lunatics, we felt, had taken over the asylum.