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In boxing's defense

Mayweather transcends his sport but still needs a competitive bout

Updated: September 14, 2013, 12:06 AM ET
By Tim Keown | ESPN.com

LAS VEGAS – It's a fight that sold itself: one of the most famous and polarizing athletes in the world against a craftily marketed, slightly mysterious young guy from the most boxing-mad country on earth. The contrast couldn't be any easier to define. They're both undefeated, too, and one of them happens to be among the richest and most ostentatious men on the planet.

The promotion was easy – from a narrative standpoint, anyway – and it was done the old-fashioned ...

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