In spite of being past his prime, Oscar De La Hoya is still boxing's biggest name right now. The other big names of recent past have either retired, or in the cases of Roy Jones and Evander Holyfield, fallen so far in the eyes of the public that they just don't generate nearly as much interest as they used to.
Floyd Mayweather may be at the top of everyone's P4P list, but that hasn't turned him into a PPV star, for many reasons. He may be boxing's 'best' right now, but he's not close to being boxing's 'biggest'.
And most likely, nothing but a devastating KO of De La Hoya will do anything to change that. Even if Floyd does KO Oscar in convincing fashion, I don't think it will lift him into the Tyson\Holyfield\Oscar PPV stratosphere, because detractors will point out Oscar's age, and the fact that he's already lost that air of invincibility he once had.
So after this fight, where is the next big money PPV? If Floyd wins, he's not enough of a draw on his own to generate huge PPV buys, and there's no other opponent out there that will carry him to PPV buys like De La Hoya.
And if Oscar wins, he's just beaten the P4P best fighter, so who's left for him to fight? Oscar would sell PPV's if he fought a pile of dirty laundry, but if he beats Floyd there's no other opponent out there that would create the 'Mega Fight' hype.
One of boxing's biggest faults over the past several years has been it's inability to create new stars. Once Oscar goes, there's no more boxers out there that transcend boxing and make non boxing fans talk about the sport. No more Oscar, no more Tyson, no more Big George, no more Lennox, and for all intents and purposes, no more Holyfield or Jones.
Sure, Manny Pac might be exciting and a star among hardcore boxing fans, but a small, non english speaking fighter isn't gonna be the next big thing. Floyd has already proven he doesn't transcend boxing. There's no heavyweight out there that has captured the public's interest, and none on the horizen.
When you take an honest look at things, there are no big stars outside of Oscar in boxing anymore, and there are none that are up and coming to fill the void once Oscar is gone.
So enjoy Oscar\Floyd on Saturday, because it could very well be the last 'Mega-Fight' Boxing sees for a long, long time.