‘Churches’ Nationwide Host Viewing Parties for Mayweather v. McGregor Fight

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A number of Christian-identifying churches nationwide hosted viewing parties late Saturday into the early hours of Sunday morning for those interested in watching the Mayweather v. McGregor fight as Floyd Mayweather, who has spent time in jail for domestic battery, and Conor McGregor, who once said he would “whoop Jesus’ [expletive]” in a fight, punched each other in hopes of a knock-out.

The fight, which had been hyped-up with much pomp and pride with both men using profane “smack talk” in boasting themselves as being better than the other, was held at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas with Corona beer serving as a sponsor. The company’s name was emblazoned across the boxing ring, and also on the tops of the scantily-clad women that at times took front and center, who had been described in reports as “sexy ring girls [that were] sure to have viewers’ jaws dropping.”

“What better city than Las Vegas than to take a chance? The city is built on gambling. I’m taking a gamble, but it’s worth it,” Mayweather said during a press conference on Wednesday.

“I certainly know I’m going to win,” McGregor also remarked at the event. “… You ever had a shin bone bounce off of your cheekbone? You ever come through that? That’s the game I come from. So, they can say what they want. I’ve come through a lot tougher than any of these have come through.”

In 2015, when asked how he would fair in a fight against Jesus in the octagon, McGregor replied with laughter, “There’s not a man alive that can beat me! But Jesus ain’t alive, is He? So I don’t [expletive] know. Maybe He can come back from the dead. I don’t know. I’d still whoop His [expletive].”

Both Mayweather and McGregor repeatedly used vulgar language, epithets and profanity in taunting each other in the days leading up to the event, which raised concerns among commentators, along with other aspects. Mike Bianci of the Orlando Sentinel called the event a fight between a “domestic abuser and a borderline racist.”

“Mayweather has been accused of violence against women too many times to chronicle here,” he wrote. “He has pleaded guilty twice in domestic-violence cases and another time was actually convicted only to have the charges erased years later. Six years ago, he served 90 days in prison for hitting his ex-girlfriend in front of two of their children.”

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“As if Mayweather’s despicable transgressions aren’t enough to make American sports fans cringe, McGregor’s racially charged comments leading up to the farce, er, fight were disgusting as well. The racist remarks are too insulting to repeat,” he said.

Nonetheless, a number of churches nationwide chose to host special viewing parties of the Mayweather v. McGregor match, either as a time of general fellowship and/or as an effort to tie the fight into Scripture, using the house of God to watch the men in their quest to knock out the other.

“New Hope Las Vegas will be hosting a special viewing of the BIG FIGHT between Floyd Mayweather & Connor McGregor directly after a SPECIAL message ‘Fighting the Good Fight of Faith’ from Pastor Vic Ortiz on Saturday,” New Hope Las Vegas posted to social media (caps in original). “Be sure to BRING a potluck dish. Join in community and fellowship with us for this special occasion. Bring your friends, family, and food. We’ll see you all there.”

“If you want to watch cable T.V., if you want to watch Conor McGregor [and] Floyd Mayweather fight, come on down here. We’re holding it for free [as] our gift to you,” a representative of Serve Church from Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania also said in an online video.

“CFTN TUCSON is hosting a live watch party of the Mayweather vs. McGregor fight. There will be food and drinks provided! Suggested donation is $5 and doors open at 5:30! Invite your family and friends to come out and enjoy a wonderful night of fights, food and fellowship!” Church for the Nations in Tuscon, Arizona similarly posted.

“Join Vertical Church Albuquerque at Pastor Jeremy’s house as we gather together to further get to know each other, eat snacks, socialize, and watch the Mayweather vs. McGregor fight,” Vertical Church Albuquerque in New Mexico also wrote on its website. “Don’t want to watch the fight? No problem! Just come to hang out and socialize to further grow our community.”

Christian News spoke with Jeremy Hickman about the event, but he did not wish to comment for this story.

Various professing Christians likewise posted about the match online, noting that they had either attended the viewing party at their church, or had watched the fight at home and thought God should give them credit for still making it to church hours later.

“Enjoying the fellowship as we wait for the main event. My pastor is the best!! Fight party at Little Rock Baptist Church! Yes, at church! I love these people!” wrote Latanya Blankney, who attends Little Rock Baptist Church in Camden, New Jersey.

“Stayed up until 3 a.m. post Mayweather/McGregor fight and still up at 8 a.m. for church. Jesus better love me,” joked Robert Shelby Bailey of Bentonville, Arkansas.

However, Ryan Denton of the Texas-based Christ in the Wild Ministries and former New Mexico pastor, told Christian News Network that he was grieved that such debauchery was being presented in the house of God.

“It’s tragic to think that some so-called churches are promoting a couple of young men filled with pride beating each other to a pulp for [riches],” he said. “In the [early Church], the Christians were the ones getting torn apart by lions inside the stadium because they refused to engage in the evils of the world. Today, professing Christians [have joined] the hooting and hollering in the stands.”

“In a day when so-called churches are ordaining women pastors and promoting homosexual marriage and abortion, it really doesn’t surprise me that some are celebrating violence and carnality on their big screens and calling it fellowship. But it does grieve me terribly,” Denton also remarked. “When did Christ become so puny and powerless that He had to be replaced with a couple hours of violence?”

“I have the greatest job in the world. I get loads of cash for beating the cr*p out of people. And I’m very good at it,” McGregor said in 2015.

Denton outlined that while some might say that it’s just a sport and for fun, the matter goes much deeper than that.

“The Church’s job has never been to entertain,” he said. “In fact, it could be said that, in part, the Church exists to help wean the flock off of entertainment as it grows greater and greater in the knowledge of God. Repentance is an act of turning from the world and entertainment and its sins, and turning toward Christ. These churches are stunting the flock’s growth in Christ, if indeed there are even any true sheep going to these events.”

Denton noted that while the world craves watching men beat each other for blood and bounty, Christians should be different as Scripture says that God hates violence.

“The Lord is in His holy temple; the Lord’s throne is in Heaven; His eyes behold, His eyelids test the sons of men. The Lord tests the righteous and the wicked, and the one who loves violence His soul hates,” Psalms 11:4-5 reads.

“I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; it shall not cleave to me,” Psalm 101:3 also states.

Denton further pointed to Colossians 3:1-2, which exhorts, “If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.”

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  • Charles Hadden

    Well, to be fair, Scripture says that ‘all things are permissible but not all things are profitable.’ Most churches today are just social clubs anyhow.

    • Paladin Roy

      They are apostate. Not of God. They’ve made themselves fools and the gatherings a mockery of Christ which they proclaim to serve, but are liars and deceivers.

      • Dan Jones

        Amen they are APOSTATES

  • Amos Moses – He>i

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    • Trilemma

      I’m sure that during the Bible study they used a good blow verse by blow verse commentary.

      • Amos Moses – He>i

        lol ………

  • Amos Moses – He>i

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    • Trilemma

      And charging the tickets to their credit cards!!!!!!!!!

    • Peter Leh

      Another one who does not meet the “Amos’ approval?

      WE would all be wise to run it by Amos… first.

      • Amos Moses – He>i

        not sure if i support DR or not …. have not listened to him …. well ever ….. but ….it was a SATIRE piece ….. so i guess that was lost on you ………

        • Peter Leh

          you have not listened…. ever….. and it was “lost” on me?

          • Amos Moses – He>i

            i am familiar with his line of talk …. but yes …. SATIRE as humor …. is LOST ON YOU ….. not everything is so serious …….

          • Peter Leh

            Am I am so serious? who is lost.. my gate-keeper friend?

          • Amos Moses – He>i

            here is some more SATIRE and HUMOR ….. and i am telling you ahead of time so you now ……..

            Conor McGregor Nursing Head Wound With Giant Stack Of Money
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          • Peter Leh

            doubtful it is lost on me… but it gives me hope on you.

            Although… gatekeepers rarely have a sense of humor. You still “keeping people in and out of the kingdom”?

          • Amos Moses – He>i

            ignored …………

  • Peter Austin

    Paul wrote to the Corinthian (1 Corinthians 9:24 NASB) Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win. 25 Everyone who competes in the games exercises self-control in all things. They then do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. 26 Therefore I run in such a way, as not without aim;
    I box in such a way, as not beating the air; 27 but I [l]discipline my body and make it my slave, so that, after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified.

    Boxing was a sport even in bibical times.

    • Paladin Roy

      You are deceived and deceiving !!! Those Scriptures say NOTHING of “boxing”, and the fight it speaks of is Spiritual !!!!

      1 Corinthians 9:24 ¶Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain.
      25 And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible.
      26 I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air:
      27 But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.

      • Peter Austin

        You’re just wanting to argue sir. Paul was using “run in a race” and fighting aka boxing as an example of what a person should do as one who preach the Gospel. Paul used examples just as Christ did to convey a message.Give 100%, prepare for the task, yes spiritual fight at hand. Thank you for sharing your thought. May God bless you.

      • Nicolas DeLeon

        When you promote that someone made in the image of God can get punched like if we are in a coliseum, just for fun… Something is really wrong…

  • Trilemma

    Why would a True Christian view violence as a form of entertainment? Should Christians be watching violent sports such as boxing, UFC, MMA, or ice hockey? Should Christians play violent video games or watch violet movies? When it comes to entertainment, Christians for the most part are not any different than non-Christians.

  • mr goody two shoes

    I would not want to be the same race of the fellow that talked about Jesus the way he did. As it would give good reason for such hate. I don’t follow sports so have no idea what the guy even looks like that said that. But no matter what ever race he was his same race should
    Tell him to shut his mouth as different Races / religions hate each other enough with out that.

  • Dan Jones

    Giving God’s money to the gods of the world… Lukewarmers are everywhere…

    • Peter Leh

      You mean giving “Dan’s” money? Cuz… you aint god so you dont speak for him?

      • Amos Moses – He>i

        all money is Gods money …. He owns it all ……….. it is all His ….. He just does not need it ……….

      • Dan Jones

        All that a Christian has is God’s… What a sorry attempt at a come back, and yes Christians DO speak for God…

        • Peter Leh

          Thanks dan… you just made your self god. What does the bible say about those who make themselves God?

          Naw.. god can speak for himself.

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  • Amos Moses – He>i

    i used to punch a clock …. and it always seemed to punch back …………

  • RWH

    I fail to see the connection between churches who allow members to view sports events as part of a social gathering and apostasy. The worst thing that can happen here is that people are staying up past their bedtime. If you’re not going to watch something because people have done horrible things, be prepared to crawl up in your room and turn off the lights.

    • deb waite

      That is too bad, sounds like you have been blinded.

      • RWH

        Well, if I have been blinded, you’re going to have to show me exactly where. I have seen churches do this, especially on Super Bowl Sunday, and I don’t see the harm.

  • Reason2012

    James 4:4-10 “Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.
    Do ye think that the scripture saith in vain, The spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy? But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble. Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.”

  • Jack-b-Quicker

    The mega churches in my area have mosh pits I am told. The others have bingo and carnivals. Not sure if there is an actual church anywhere.