We have a superb feature on Floyd Mayweather’s legacy in this week’s Boxing News.
IF ever a fighter personified what Don DeLillo once wrote about stardom – Fame requires every kind of excess – it was Floyd Mayweather. When Mayweather outpointed Andre Berto on September 12 in Las Vegas, Nevada, in a lacklustre farewell, he put an ellipsis (not an exclamation point) on one of the most polarising careers in boxing history. With the exception of Oscar De La Hoya (who peaked before the social media revolution) and Manny Pacquiao, who is, after all, Filipino, no fighter in America has earned mainstream coverage like Mayweather has in the last decade. What makes his lurid/lucrative run over the last few years truly extraordinary is the fact that it began in the midst of The Great Recession, when disposable income had flatlined from coast to coast, along with the Dow Jones, the GDP, and the housing market.