Floyd Mayweather has a great left jab. And a terrible fashion sense.

I have to begin this post off by first stating upfront that before this past Saturday night I wasn’t a fan of either Pay Per View events OR Buffalo Wild Wings. Pay Per View, because I think their events are always overpriced and over hyped. Buffalo Wild Wings because the two previous times I had their wings, they were bland and unappetizing – two things chicken wings should never ever be.

Saturday night was fight night. The night of the much anticipated and long awaited showdown between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor went down. A prize fight with the biggest prize in sports history for what, if we’re being completely honest with each other, was nothing more than a publicity stunt to make two athletes, one past his prime, and the other, at the top of his game, along with a bunch of already super rich mass media moguls – even richer.

The night started off with a 45 minute plus wait outside Buffalo Wild Wings in an unseemly chaotic line of MMA and Boxing Fans who came out in droves to see the fight. BWW gets an “F” for their efforts in orchestrating this madness. The whole process was a completely unnecessary exercise.

If you’re about to get your ass knocked out, raise your arms!

Instead of having people lined up outside the door, when they could have been quickly seated and spending money in their fine establishment, all BWW had to do was calculate how many people it could accommodate ahead of time, give everyone a number upon entering and then add the cost of the cover charge to their bill upon ordering their food and drink. Instead of the shenanigans that went on because no one took the time to figure out a better way to handle the event.

So, shame on you BWW for not seizing the opportunity to give your valued customers an unexpected experience that they would no doubt have gladly shared on social media depicting BWW as a company that gets it.

After all you nailed it with all other aspects of the evening. For those of you who didn’t see the fight at BWW, here’s what you missed out on. BWW actually redeemed themselves of the bad karma of the line situation with a brilliant idea for all who attended.

Unlike other PPV venues showing the fight, where you paid anywhere between $25-$30 to see the fight, BBW charged $30, but then handed you a $30 gift card for a future visit to the restaurant. Now THAT was brilliant. For those of you a little slow on the uptake, this effectively means that the fight was free.

I also have to add that this particular location had bad Yelp reviews, citing poor service as the reason. Well, nothing could have been further from the truth Saturday night. The service was excellent and the food and drink were delivered with amazing speed considering the crowd. And I never once had to ask for a refill of my Arnold Palmer. Our waitress was on time and on point the whole evening. The wings were juicy and succulent. And the restaurant was staffed with plenty of friendly help on hand.

As far as the fight was concerned, Mayweather and McGregor gave the fans what they wanted. After a card of fights in other weight classes, with fighters only the most hardcore of boxing fans would be able to pick out in a police lineup, with a couple of excellent bouts leading up to the main event, the main event actually managed to almost live up to all the hype.

Anybody in the mood for a little fisticuffs?

As per usual, Mayweather used the first few rounds of the fight to size his opponent up, and then made sure McGregor received his daily recommended dose of tasty face leather, culminating in a 10th round where he showed McGregor why he needs to stick to MMA, with a TKO. I personally think the ref jumped in too early. After all the shit McGregor talked, I wanted to see him laying on the mat prostate – only with his face upwards.

All in all it was a great night and fun seemed to be had by just about all. My final impression of BWW is that the food is pretty good and as for its appeal as a sports bar, there are a ton of TVs for as far as the eye can see, making every place in the joint a good vantage point to watch sports. As far as I can tell and as far as I’m concerned, having experienced BWW on a night like the one I just spent there, BWW might be the best place of any national chain to watch sporting events. I’ll definitely be turning out to watch NFL games this season. If for nothing else to spend the $30 gift card I got for my trouble on fight night.

 

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