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Floyd Mayweather, Jr. vs. Manny Pacquiao, arguably the greatest event in the sport of boxing, is among us. A fight that initially seemed like the impossible went from rumor to speculation to official agreement, to now counting down the months, weeks, days, hours and minutes until the first bell sounds.
My parents’ generation had the “Thrilla in Manilla,” I have Mayweather-Pacquiao. The first bout between Joe Frazier and Muhammad Ali was then called the fight of the century. Well, we’re 15 years into a new century and Mayweather-Pacquiao is shaping up to be not only the greatest fight of the 21st century, but in the history of boxing.
This is a huge moment for boxing fanatics, and for Mayweather and Pacquiao. After the word “legendary,” the word “legacy” comes to mind. Mayweather has spoken many times about leaving his legacy, and surely Pacquiao has thought of the same. The stakes of the fight go without saying as two of boxing’s most celebrated fighters battle it out to leave their mark in the sport.