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- Floyd-Manny megafight won't halt sport's decline
The superfight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao is expected to be the highest grossing bout in history but will do nothing to resuscitate a sport that has been in perpetual decline for years, according to experts. Boxing will enjoy more exposure than it has seen in decades during the buildup to the May 2 fight but will quickly reclaim a back seat to other sports after the last crushing blow is landed at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. "It's going to be massive, but it's also going to be a massive one-off," Bob Dorfman, executive creative director of Baker Street Advertising in San Francisco, told Reuters. "It would've had more impact overall on the boxing world if it happened five years ago when it could've been the beginning of an ongoing series of fights between these guys that would've maybe built in momentum." Mayweather and Pacquiao will be 38 and 36, respectively, on fight night and their failure to agree to meet earlier in their illustrious careers robbed the boxing world of what could have been one of the sport's all-time great rivalries.