Marquee sporting events are all about the matchups. If you want to see a great baseball game you're going to go with the Boston Red Sox playing the New York Yankees over the Baltimore Orioles versus the Seattle Mariners every time.
Boxing is no different. There is a reason Muhammad Ali versus Joe Frazier means a whole lot more, even today, than a matchup of Manny Pacquiao and Joshua Clottey or Floyd Mayweather and Zab Judah. Clottey and Judah are both fine fighters in their own respects but they aren't in the same class as the most elite fighters.
One big name in a fight might be enough to make some money and generate interest among devoted fans, but you need two headliners facing off to really make a splash with the casual spectator. It is the casual observer that boxing has lost because fighters like Pacquiao and Mayweather refuse to fight each other.
When I think about the ridiculous dance those two great boxers have run around each other it makes me yearn for a better time in the sport. For that reason, I give you the five greatest dream fights of all time.
This is not an exhaustive list of the best fights ever but I believe these selections exemplify the things we all love the most about boxing.