Floyd Mayweather’s win over Manny Pacquiao last Saturday may not have lived up to expectations, but it certainly put boxing back in the spotlight.
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The star duo were unable to produce the fight that many had hoped to see, but the excitement in the lead up to the bout and the attention and figures that it received from around the world ensured that the general public were talking about boxing again.
As a result, it will be key for the sport to now build on that momentum and continue to deliver fights that keep the casual fans interested while also ensuring that the ‘hardcore’ fans get the fights that they want to see.
Naturally, opinions will differ in different countries as to what the biggest fights in the world are currently, but here are five that would undoubtedly make a big impression if they were to be made.
Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez vs Miguel Cotto
After his defeat to Floyd Mayweather, the buzz around ‘Canelo’ arguably died down a little, but this Mexican-Puerto Rican rivalry would undoubtedly still be a huge hit as well as a box-office smash.
Both men have upcoming fights to take care of first with Alvarez facing James Kirkland and Cotto taking on Daniel Geale, but it is expected that they will meet later in the year after their initial bout for May 2 was shelved, as reported by the Latin Post.
Given their styles of boxing this is one fight that won’t disappoint when it happens, and although it will be difficult for any bout to rival the popularity and money involved in Mayweather vs Pacquiao, this is the one that will make an impression.