THE observant among you will have noticed the absence on our front cover of the countdown clock we have featured for a number of weeks. After 10 weeks or six years – depending on whether we start from when the match was agreed or the time it was first discussed – the Fight of the Century is here.
A surprisingly low-key build-up perhaps says it all: Floyd Mayweather’s Saturday showdown with Manny Pacquiao sells itself. It will be the most financially successful fight in boxing history, regardless of hype, controversy or salesmanship.
That fact is a relief also for this publication. Relieved of any perceived responsibility to market this match to the masses, we can focus on what we have traditionally done best: anticipating and documenting the biggest events in boxing history.