The Most Lucrative Fight Ever-The Greatest?
The fight on May 2 between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao is one that boxing fans and writers have sought more than any other in recent years, even though both fighters have passed their respective peaks.
But no matter the occasion remains massive, what with Mayweather’s status as the highest earning athlete in sport, the fact he is only two fights away from matching Rocky Marciano’s 49-fight unbeaten record, and the veneration accorded Pacquiao as a national hero in the Philippines.
Then there is the bad blood that exists between Pacquiao’s trainer, the widely respected Freddie Roach, and Mayweather’s father, Floyd Mayweather Snr., who will be in his son’s corner.
Some of the hype surrounding the fight has gone as far as laying claim to it being the biggest in the history of boxing.
While, yes, the projected $300 million the fight will generate undoubtedly qualifies it as the most lucrative fight there’s ever been in boxing, in terms of its wider significance and impact, it pales in comparison to some of the classic fights of the past.
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