The big Floyd Mayweather Cinco de Mayo holiday weekend pay-per-view is now behind us, and earlier this afternoon, Manny Pacquiao vs. Brandon Rios was announced for next November 23 in China. Mayweather has stated that he intends to return in the autumn to fight on Mexican Independence Day Weekend in September, with his opponent yet to be determined.
But the sport will hardly be going into recess as we await the return of its two biggest attractions. Just as boxing has managed to thrive recently without the mythical Money-Pacman showdown ever taking place, the health of the sport will be fine as fans wait for them to return.
Through the rest of May and June, boxing fans will be presented with a number of compelling fights that will have implications that echo through the sport for the next couple of years. The next eight weeks will feature matchups that have significance to the junior welterweight, welterweight, middleweight and super middleweight divisions.
These won't be the same sort of gala events as a Mayweather or Pacquiao card. But they will be hearty meat-and-potato affairs that will keep boxing fans' bellies full into the summer.