Saturday night was a bit sobering for boxing junkies who've been binging on the welterweight division since Keith Thurman's epic unanimous-decision win over Shawn Porter last June. For the first time in a year, fans are faced with the possibility that the once-seemingly limitless well of scintillating matchups has gone dry. Yes, Errol Spence Jr.'s 11th-round knockout of now-former IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook exceeded lofty expectations.
The looming clash between Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Gennady “GGG” Golovkin is being billed as boxing’s next mega-fight. But promoters find themselves sparring with a formidable opponent: the ghost of Mayweather-Pacquiao. That much-hyped 2015 showdown between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao—the sport’s two biggest names—was a box-office smash, with a record 4.6 million pay-per-view purchases. But Mayweather’s...