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Last weekend looked like one of the biggest in a while in sports. With Mayweather/Canelo, the Manning Bowl, Manziel/Alabama, AND Seahawks/49ers on tap, people everywhere were prepping their livers and thumbs for lots of beer and remote control work Saturday and Sunday.

I was no exception.

Everything else seemed like an appetizer or distant second to #TheOne: Floyd Mayweather’s return to the ring against Saul Alverez.

I learned my lesson after Ricky Hatton.

After watching HBO’s 24/7 series leading up to the Floyd Mayweather versus Hatton fight, I was convinced this was the guy to put the “1” in Floyd’s loss column. Of course, Hatton was destroyed, and I swore never to bet against Mayweather again.

The buildup to this weekend’s fight was great. There was a hashtag, a nationwide tour, and an interesting opponent. There was even a report Mayweather couldn’t handle his sparring opponent. Could this be the up-and-comer to make Mayweather eat his words?

No.

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Mayweather was the better fighter for nine to 11 rounds (depending on who you ask). Ultimately, ringside judge CJ Ross was the biggest threat to Mayweather Saturday. Floyd’s dominance has become anticlimactic. He’s the best fighter alive and cockier than a WWE heel. But how do you beat someone who’s faster, more technical, and patient enough to wait for you to give him an opening? Apparently, you don’t.

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Canelo will have his turn on top of the sport, but it’ll be after Mayweather retires atop his throne of money and women.

That leads to much more pressing questions for the sport: what now?

There are no immediate challengers to the sport’s biggest draw. We’ll be content to talk about this fight for another couple days, then boxing will fade back into oblivion until next May when Mayweather gives another challenger his biggest payday.

That’s how we know boxing is on its last legs in America.

Despite cries from anyone remotely connected to the sport, boxing is effectively dead.

Mayweather_2672725b Sure, this fight will be the highest grossing pay-per-view event in history. But that doesn’t mean the sport is any more viable. First, “highest grossing” is a poor metric for a fight’s viability. The HD broadcast of the fight cost $75 (lol), more than just about every PPV event in history. Less purchases could actually yield more money in this case. No reports suggest this fight will touch the record for PPV buys which, to me, reinforces boxing’s decline.

Second, this fight was basically the Super Bowl for boxing. The biggest match of the year between two opponents at the top of the sport. Does anyone doubt the Super Bowl will be a huge television draw? Of course not! But what keeps the NFL relevant is the money made outside of its championship game. There are the multiple, billion dollar television deals for its regular season games, there’s a slavish devotion to offseason events like the draft (a three-day television event) and training camp (covered nationally by ESPN and the NFL network, and locally nationwide), and millions of people that play fantasy football year after year.

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I know more place kickers in football than active boxers. That’s a problem.

For an entity like boxing, death does not mean there is $0 left to be made. I mean, VHS tapes are still being sold for God’s sake. Sales actually went up in 2010. VHS is not dead!

Exactly.

Props to Mayweather for making a fortune in a dying sport. Just remember that he and a handful of others are the only ones doing so in 2013.

What do you think? Are you a boxing defender? Who else is out there we should give a crap about? Make us care about this sport again!