Lindsay McCormick is a television personality and reporter who covers sports broadcasting. She has recently covered the Pacquiao vs. Mayweather fight for Showtime. The Manny Pacquiao vs. Floyd Mayweather professional boxing match is also known as “The Fight of the Century,” or the “Battle for Greatness.” The match between the eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao and undefeated five-division world champion Floyd Mayweather was the highest earning boxing match of all time generating revenues of over $500 million; it is the first half-billion dollar event in ring history.
by Christina Kumar
Examiner: Have you learned of any health or fitness techniques from the Pacquiao and Mayweather fight preparation that you thought was something you can use or be interested in?
LM: Well, for starters, boxing is probably the best workout you can do to tone your core. I’ve never interviewed a boxer that didn’t at least have a six-pack. When I lived in New York, I would run to the boxing gym and workout for an hour there, and within a week or two my trouble spots had disappeared. It was magical.
One thing I learned from Mayweather during that fight week was how important rest is. He told me he made sure to have time to relax and watch movies. A lot of people think the more you workout, the better shape your body will be in; but if you don’t rest, you risk injuring yourself, and your body won’t have the proper time it needs to recover.
Examiner: What was the event like for you from beginning to end?
LM: It’s hard to exactly put into words the feeling in Vegas that week, but it was more of euphoric vibe that had come over the MGM Grand – as in everyone knew they were about to witness history. I got to work as a guest correspondent for Showtime for the Grand Arrivals, so I was in the thick of the action as Mayweather pulled up in his van with his massive marching band. Then to get to run around with a mic and talk to the biggest names in boxing and listen to them put into perspective just how big that week was, just added to the whole experience for me. My first day ended on the set of Showtime’s MayPac Daily, which was in the middle of a crazy crowd of fans in the MGM Grand.
But the one moment of that entire weekend that I know I’ll never forget was at the weigh-ins. I was standing in between Evander Holyfield and Sugar Shane Mosley and watching their reactions to it all. This was a moment in the boxing world that we would all remember and even the greats acknowledged that. This was the fight that fans wanted to see for the past decade, and it was finally happening. It was a powerful moment.
Another thing that I loved about that week was that every media outlet came together for one event. It was every outlet I had ever worked for, sports and entertainment-wise, under one media tent working side-by-side.
Examiner: How did you prepare for the coverage?
LM: I did it the same way I prepare for any broadcast or show. I kept up with the latest news on the boxers, watched all of the Showtime documentaries, and watched their old fights.
Examiner: Describe some of the highlights of “MayPac:”
LM: I would definitely say the Grand Arrivals were something unique. You usually don’t have thousands of people fill an arena for simply a Grand Arrival. And you usually don’t see a 50-man marching band come in with the boxer. It was larger than life. But then again, so is Floyd Mayweather.
LM: After hearing the rumors from TMZ on who Mayweather will fight next (while we wait for any confirmation from The Money Team), I honestly think he will end his career undefeated and fight someone like Andre Berto whose career is starting to go downhill. He’s too smart of a businessman and has too large of a legacy to risk it. We knew he wasn’t going to fight GGG – I don’t understand why people are still talking about that as if it were a possibility – but a part of me wishes he would fight Kell Brook. At least we will all more than likely get to see Amir Khan vs Brook at some point.”
Lindsay is from Houston, TX and will appear in the film, “The Bounce Back” (Bill Bellamy) to be released later this year. She has quoted, “No moment in my life will EVER compare to watching the #MayweatherVsPacquiao weigh-ins in between Evander Holyfield & Sugar Shane Mosley.” Her website can be seen here: http://lindsaymccormick.com