Floyd Mayweather Jr.

Boxers Manny Pacquiao (R) from the Philippines and Floyd Mayweather from the US face each other during a press conference on March 11, 2015 in Los Angeles, California, to launch the countdown to their May 2, 2015 super-fight in Las Vegas. AFP PHOTO/ FREDERIC J. BROWN (credit: FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)

Keidel: Mind Games Have Begun For Mayweather-Pacquiao Bout

First it was Floyd Mayweather, Jr. poaching all potential sparring partners from Manny Pacquiao.

03/27/2015

Boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

Keidel: Boxing Trumps Team Sports

The Mayweather-Pacquiao fight is so naturally radiant that the two participants eschewed the obligatory, cross-country, promotional tour.

03/20/2015

LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 11: Floyd Mayweather (L) and Manny Pacquiao pose together at the end of their Press Conference promoting their upcoming fight on March 11, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Keidel: Is Mayweather-Pacquiao Bout Five Years Too Late?

Experts have wondered if this fight, in a strict boxing sense, was announced five years too late. Maybe. But it doesn’t matter.

03/13/2015

Philippine boxing hero Manny Pacquiao (R) takes part in a practice session in Manila on February 26, 2015. (Photo credit should read JOSEPH AGCAOILI/AFP/Getty Images)

Keidel: Boxing Needs Mayweather-Pacquiao Bout

Let’s discard the nonsense that this is just another fight, or that it doesn’t feed a starving sport.

02/27/2015

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 15: Boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. attends the 2015 NBA All-Star Game at Madison Square Garden on February 15, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Keidel: The Money And Mouth Of Mayweather

In the endless nuance, childish pride, and politics of the most-publicly and endlessly negotiated sporting event in human history, semantics matter. More than the money, more than the fight, more than legacy.

02/20/2015

MIAMI, FL - JANUARY 27: Boxers, Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather on January 27, 2015 at American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida. Copyright 2015 NBAE (Photo by Issac Baldizon/NBAE via Getty Images)

Keidel: Perfect Confluence Of Timing, Talent, History For Mayweather

Floyd, you’re great. While I can’t concede the greatest, and I wince when you compare yourself favorably to The Greatest (Muhammad Ali), I’ll give it that you’re the best of your time.

01/30/2015

MACAU - NOVEMBER 23: Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines punches Chris Algieri of the United States during the WBO world welterweight title at The Venetian on November 23, 2014 in Macau, Macau. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

Keidel: Will Mayweather Accept Terms For Pacquiao Bout?

By every account, Manny Pacquiao has agreed to every nuance of Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s demands, including rampant PED testing, a smaller share of the epic purse, and a lower perch on the glittering marquee.

01/16/2015

LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 13: Floyd Mayweather Jr. looks on while taking on Marcos Maidana during their WBC/WBA welterweight title fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 13, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Keidel: Manny And Mayweather In May?

With more dueling monologues than a presidential campaign, it’s sounding more and more like Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao will fight next year.

12/19/2014

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - NOVEMBER 23: Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers runs off the field at the end of the first half against the Minnesota Vikings on November 23, 2014 at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images)

Keidel: Giving Thanks For Sports

Since we are upon our great day of gratitude, a pretext for gorging on poultry and then taking our swollen torsos to the nearest television for some football, let’s look to sports for reasons to give thanks.

11/26/2014

Boxers Canelo Alvarez (L) and Erislandy Lara face off onstage prior to the press conference for Canelo Alvarez v Erislandy Lara (credit: Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)

Keidel: From Cuba To Canelo, Erislandy Lara 12 Rounds From ‘American Dream’

If boxing is to save its vitality, it needs vital boxers to fight each other. Seems simple enough, an athletic algorithm that serves the sport and its fans.

07/11/2014

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