Is the era of boxing megabouts over?

Floyd Mayweather Jr. (left) and Canelo Alvarez hold the WBC super welterweight championship belt...

Floyd Mayweather Jr. (left) and Canelo Alvarez hold the WBC super welterweight championship belt for which they will fight Saturday in Las Vegas. (Ethan Miller/Getty Images/AFP)

STEVE SIMMONS, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:40 PM ET

TORONTO - It is not the fight of the century, or even any kind of moratorium on the rather moribund state of boxing. Just the kind of financial windfall for a pugilist who lives up to his nickname.

Floyd (Money) Mayweather, eight-time world champion in three different weight classes. Has there ever been a more appropriate moniker for any fighter?

Money. He is the highest- paid athlete in the world in a sport that many consider dying or dead. Boxing was once mainstream, a part of regular conversation, a staple in the sports sections. But like horse racing and other one-time mainstream pursuits, it has become niche, event driven.

The big fight between Mayweather and Saul (Canelo) Alvarez on Saturday night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas is huge in the same kind of way that the big boxing events are always huge. Only this time, it seems to stand alone.


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