You may have heard already, but there’s a fight tonight. A really, really big fight.
Unless you’ve been camping in the remote wilderness for the last half year, you know by know that Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather will be sparring in the ring. You also probably know this fight will be expensive to watch on pay-per-view ($99), but don’t even think about that tonight.
Go to a sports bar, find a friend hosting a watch party or at least find an illegal feed online showing the fight (did I say that?). Just make sure you watch it.
Why do you need to see this? Because you will never another sporting like this for a long, long time — possibly ever
.Let’s break it down into steps, starting with the matchup — a rivalry that’s as close to good vs. evil sports has to offer.
In one corner, you have Floyd Mayweather. You know, the Floyd Mayweather that’s beaten women for the better part of the last decade. That Floyd Mayweather.
For whatever reason people will still be out in troves to root for him. I mean, I’m not into boxers throwing left hooks at women, but I’m not everyone.
Anyway, heinous convictions aside, you have one end of the spectrum of human decency.
Let’s travel to the other corner to see Manny Pacquiao. He doesn’t beat defenseless people, so he seems like a decent person just on that alone. Heck, I’m willing to bet if you go to the Philippines you’ll here the word “hero” thrown around like a frisbee.
If the good ol good vs. bad storyline doesn’t do it for you yet, stick with me here.How about great boxer vs. great boxer? Undefeated Mayweather vs. tested Pacquiao. A final bout to decide the best living pound-for-pound boxer.
Or, how about how long it took for this to happen? Could you imagine waiting five years between every Super Bowl? Or being told the Tigers were going to face the Cubs in the World Series, but having to wait a half decade for it?
I know I haven’t been alive for a sporting event with the anticipation level of 20 Christmases, and I don’t think it’ll happen ever again.
Even if, somehow, there’s a rematch of this fight, it won’t have five years of people begging for it to happen behind it.
Do you know who else doesn’t think a sports showdown like this will happen again? The people shelling out $3,000 for the cheapest — yes, least expensive — ticket into the fight.
Heck, if I wanted to be in the last row in MGM’s arena I would have to sell my car. And forget catching a flight over there, I would have to walk.
Anyway, money talks, and the suitcases of Ben Franklins changing hands for tickets is screaming about how unique tonight will be.
At the very least, watch it for the cultural purpose.
At the most, watch this fight tonight knowing you’ll probably never see another event with the combination of a polarizing storyline, a battle between all-time greats and years of buildup.
Enjoy this dream day of sports, friends.