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Opening Arguments

The fix is in

Why wasn't God in Balimore, or perhaps Nepal? Maybe he was too busy fixing a fight:

Filipino boxing hero Manny Pacquiao is confident he can beat American arch-rival Floyd Mayweather in Las Vegas on Saturday with the power of God, after abandoning a life he said was packed with sin condemning him to hell.

Yeah, I know, lame. But reams have been written about both sides in a war believing God was on their side, and football players, for Pete's sake, thanking God for touchdowns. The idea that he might pick a side in a boxing match is just too absurd. (And I'll grant that Pacquiao may have meant merely that believing in God's power might make him a better person, perhaps even a better fighter, not that he really thinks God gives a rip about who wins the bout.)

Boxing is one of those things I never pay attention to, but I was at the barber shop a couple of weeks ago and the Pacquiao-Merriweather fight was all they were talking about, so I thought I should find out about it:

In an interview with AFP last month before heading to the United States to train for this weekend's Mayweather megafight -- predicted to pull in around $400 million as the two best boxers of a generation finally go head-to-head after years of protracted on-off negotiations -- Pacquiao again reflected on his earlier life.

$400 million. Wow.  If you've been thinking about going, better mortgage the house:

There is no shortage of tickets available for the Mayweather vs. Pacquiao fight, but get-in prices for the worst seats have eclipsed $3,500 and the best views cost upwards of $350,000 per ticket .

Secondary ticket provider StubHub has more than 950 tickets available for purchase on its Mayweather vs. Pacquiao dedicated webpage.  At 1:00 p.m. ET on April 28, the lowest listed price on that page was $3,837 with the most expensive ticket listed at $351,005. 

Man, that had better be the best fight in the history of the world.

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