Why Mayweather-Pacquiao was bad for boxing

By Kevin Iole, Yahoo! Sports

LAS VEGAS – On Feb. 20, boxing journalists around the world celebrated. That was the day Floyd Mayweather Jr. signed a contract to face Manny Pacquiao in a welterweight title fight.

More importantly from the journalists’ standpoint, it meant an end to six years of being asked if the fight would ever happen.

Everyone celebrated when it was made and veteran, hard-boiled reporters were almost giddy. They’d have the opportunity to cover the modern-day Ali-Frazier or Louis-Schmeling, a historic event that attracted worldwide attention.

With the bout four months past, it hardly seems like a historic event now, and the competition in the ring didn’t come close to justifying the enormous hype that preceded it.

Mayweather is days away from what he says is the final fight of his career when he meets Andre Berto on Saturday in a welterweight title fight at the MGM, and it seems the sport would be far better off had the Mayweather-Pacquiao bout not occurred.

Oh, you can bet Mayweather and Pacquiao are happy it occurred. Combined, they took home around $350 million for their one night of work.

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