They used to call the heavyweight championship of the world the richest prize in sport. Then along came Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Hype, hype hooray! That billion dollar bunfight in Las Vegas is over so now Sin City - and boxing - can get on with the real fight.
Fix, farce, fraud, fake, fiasco. There is a whole lexicon of F-words that could be added to the original four letter expletive employed so liberally by the combatants during the build-up to this weekend’s fistic vaudeville in Las Vegas.
Wembley hosted two fistic events last weekend. One was a genuine contest between Chris Eubank Jnr and German veteran Arthur Abraham, albeit for a tinpot title (the IBO super-middleweight belt) and the other - well, I’m not quite sure what it was.
Earlier this week, a debate between British politicians at Westminster Hall provoked headlines and general outrage. The coverage primarily focused on Labour politician Diane Abbott who had outlined the abhorrent abuse she receives on social media on a daily basis.
Should the forthcoming hybrid encounter between Floyd Mayweather and Ultimate Fighting Championship superstar Conor McGregor in Las Vegas on August 26 turns out to be more farce than fight, as most anticipate, then the consolation for the fans - and combatants – is that exactly 41 years ago last week, there was a precedent involving an even more celebrated fistic figure than the Money Man.
Plans to include top professionals in the Olympic boxing tournament at Rio 2016 have received a massive boost after Manny Pacquiao, the sport's first and only eight-division world champion, has claimed he would like to take part.
Anyone wishing Amir Khan a Happy New Year is risking a right-hander from the normally amiable boxer from Bolton who won a nation’s heart in Athens back in 2004 when, as a 17-year-old, he fought a solo battle for Britain in the Olympics, losing only to the Cuban Mario Kindelan, then the world's finest amateur, in the final.
Eight-weight world champion Manny Pacquiao is set to attend the 2015 AIBA World Boxing Championships as a special guest, the International Boxing Association (AIBA) President C K Wu has announced.
"THE REAL LAS VEGAS FIGHT WEEK HAS STARTED #vegasworlds2015", tweeted Jesse Campos, a former San Francisco State University wrestler, on Monday (September 7) as he sat among the crowd watching the opening day’s action here at the Wrestling World Championships.
Boxing has been getting short shrift in the public prints of late. Are sports editors giving it the elbow?
Agents are the bane of sport.
There are more of them around now than the KGB, MI5 and CIA have amassed in all the years they have been in existence. And they are taking over.
There was a mad idea at insidethegames at the weekend to set our alarms for 4am and find somewhere to watch the Floyd Mayweather Jnr-Manny Pacquiao fight before travelling on to the office for a day of work. Considering a distinct lack of sleep the night before, I’m not sure how this would have ended and, with the plan eventually abandoned due to a total lack of places in the area showing the fight, I don’t feel I missed too much.
More words have been spilled about the coming confrontation between Floyd Mayweather Jnr and Manny Pacquiao that any previous episode of unarmed combat in history.