To truly appreciate where we are, this HBO epic starts right at the very beginning, on an island on the other side of the world, were we see the streets a boy would once sat for hours, peddling whatever he could find for spare change, desperate to find a way out. This was the case at least until he discovered a better way, a way that would eventually take him straight to the top, turning a man into a miracle through the sport of boxing.
In Mayweather’s case, he too came from streets with little promise but were the craft was a family business, a comfort for conflict was embedded in his blood. Fame and fortune in view at much closer range, but from these contrasting origins in the early years of the 21st century, twin superstars were born, propelled by a belief in very different deities, guided by sages of very different dispositions, they circled each other as fighters tend to do, both tantalising but testing our patience until at last boxings latest miracle arrived.
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