Mayweather vs. Pacquiao: After ‘Fight of the Century,’ is it All Downhill?


By Euan McKirdy

(CNN) —

This is the mega-fight. Possibly the biggest fight of our lifetimes, a blue-moon opportunity to see two of the world’s greatest fighters go toe to toe. It’s Ali-Frazier for the modern era, with media coverage dwarfing even that most famous of fights.

It’s rare that boxing, that most mercurial of sports, has the opportunity to unify the belts. The victor on Saturday in the much-anticipated bout between Filipino legend Manny Pacquiao and Floyd “Money” Mayweather will be the undisputed world champion, and stand to walk away with more than just a share of the reported $300 million purse.

No wonder boxing great Evander Holyfield told CNN’s Don Riddell that he’s “excited” for the bout, while other luminaries of the sport are predicting great things from Saturday.

“We should see a classic fight on a classic night,” predicts former light heavyweight champion Antonio Tarver. “It should…

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