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Why I cannot bring myself to watch boxing’s fight of the century

Boxing’s biggest star is a real villain and the sport has failed by not acting over Floyd Mayweather’s consistent record of abuse against women
• Why Floyd Mayweather v Manny Pacquiao should be boxing’s saviour

I won’t be watching Mayweather-Pacquiao on Saturday night. It wasn’t the easiest decision because I really do love boxing. The individualism, the genuine pageantry, even the sheer danger of it – all bring an intrigue that no other sport can match. And because mega-fights are so hyped, the personalities so intensely dissected, the emotional charge that comes from picking a side and rooting like hell against the opponent can be euphoric.

In almost every way the “Fight of the Century” befits a classic good verses evil narrative. In one corner you have Manny Pacquiao, who while not exactly Mother Teresa, overcame a poverty-stricken childhood to become a world-class athlete, a high-ranking political official in the Philippines and a well-known philanthropist. In the other corner you have a serial abuser of women so enwrapped in hedonism that at this point he’s more famous for publicly flaunting his bottomless pit of a bank account than his undefeated professional record.

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Why I cannot bring myself to watch boxing’s fight of the century

Boxing’s biggest star is a real villain and the sport has failed by not acting over Floyd Mayweather’s consistent record of abuse against women
• Why Floyd Mayweather v Manny Pacquiao should be boxing’s saviour

I won’t be watching Mayweather-Pacquiao on Saturday night. It wasn’t the easiest decision because I really do love boxing. The individualism, the genuine pageantry, even the sheer danger of it – all bring an intrigue that no other sport can match. And because mega-fights are so hyped, the personalities so intensely dissected, the emotional charge that comes from picking a side and rooting like hell against the opponent can be euphoric.

In almost every way the “Fight of the Century” befits a classic good verses evil narrative. In one corner you have Manny Pacquiao, who while not exactly Mother Teresa, overcame a poverty-stricken childhood to become a world-class athlete, a high-ranking political official in the Philippines and a well-known philanthropist. In the other corner you have a serial abuser of women so enwrapped in hedonism that at this point he’s more famous for publicly flaunting his bottomless pit of a bank account than his undefeated professional record.

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