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Mayweather Jr.-Pacquiao fight packs a wallop with hype, excitement
Mayweather Jr.-Pacquiao fight packs a wallop with hype, excitement

Women in white fringed bikinis danced onstage, swaying to the drumbeat of a marching band. There were flashing lights and thousands of cheering fans. If Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s arrival at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas this week seemed a bit extreme — the undefeated welterweight champion pounding his chest and flashing victory signs — it suited the moment. Mayweather's bout against Manny Pacquiao on Saturday night has become something more than a sporting event. "When you get women and nonfans talking this much about a boxing match, then you know you've got something," said Mike Silver, an author who has written extensively about boxing. "It becomes...

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