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A year later, minus Floyd Mayweather Jr., boxing on smaller stage

Believe it or not, there was a time not long ago when boxing was buzzing in the mainstream media. A long-awaited showdown was billed as a megafight, it was bet like a Super Bowl at Las Vegas sports books, and Floyd Mayweather Jr. was the favorite and the villain.

Late bettors flocked toward Mayweather

The biggest betting event in boxing history never came close to matching the hype. But for Las Vegas bookmakers and those who bet on Floyd Mayweather Jr. — and the sharp money was on the favorite — it might as well be remembered as a classic.

Public banking on Pacquiao, so books need Mayweather

Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao finally trade punches tonight at the MGM Grand Garden. The wagering handle in Nevada is expected to approach $75 million, a heavyweight figure that is an educated and realistic estimate.

Pacquiao winning popularity contest at books

It could be a 12-round slugfest, with Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao trading staggering shots to whip the crowd into a frenzy. It could be one of the most memorable battles in boxing history.

Floyd-Manny fight would be worth the wait

Several hours passed Thursday with nothing coming from Floyd Mayweather Jr. This is the routine for those who cover boxing. Everyone waits on Floyd, and Floyd will talk when Floyd is ready. He’s got the money and the power, so he can make everyone wait.

Mayweather-Alvarez fight tops big gambling weekend

Too frequently, when Floyd Mayweather Jr. takes center stage, fans overpay to see something resembling a dance competition and a pillow fight.

When judges err, bettors search for someone to blame

It was not a fixed fight, so forget the fun conspiracy theories. Manny Pacquiao lost a decision he deserved to win Saturday night because boxing’s scoring system is broken, and when something is left in the hands of judges, we can end up with a mess on our hands.