Mayweather vs. Pacquiao: Boxing’s Last Big Bout?

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Is this how boxing ends—not with a whimper but a bang?

The May 2 bout between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao has been six years in the making. In that time, there’s been a flirtation with retirement and a brush with the law for Mayweather, and political office and album-making for Pacquiao, while their teams hashed out the details of the purse split, drug testing and the fight location.

But an agreement was made in February. Boxing’s biggest stars will finally fight, and Mayweather vs. Pacquiao is predicted to be professional boxing’s largest-grossing match.

But will it also be the last fight anyone cares about?

“Anyone” doesn’t include the die-hards, the fans who love boxing for boxing’s sake and will hunger for the “sweet science” long after this historic encounter. “Anyone” means casual fight fans, the American public, which used to gobble up boxing with the fervor reserved for professional football and baseball.

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