If you can afford the pay-per-view or can find a sports bar showing the fight you just might see a world record Saturday night, when 46-year-old Bernard Hopkins challenges Montreal's Jean Pascal for the WBC world light-heavyweight title.
A win would make Hopkins the oldest man ever to win a world boxing title, outpacing even George Foreman, who was 45 when he knocked out Michael Moorer to win the heavyweight title in 1994.
If the world record attempt eluded your attention, you're forgiven.
Between Jose Bautista's unprecedented hot streak, Jorge Posada's drama in New York and heated playoff series in both the NHL and NBA, it's easy for sports fan to overlook a title fight -- even a historically significant one.
Heck, Saturday's fight -- rematch of a December draw most observers felt Pascal lost -- isn't even the chief reason Hopkins has been making headlines lately.
Early last week Hopkins played Muhammad Ali to Donovan McNabb's Joe Frazier, calling the former Eagles' quarterback's manhood and blackness into question.
The existence of intra-racial tension in the African-American community shouldn't surprise anyone. After all, does it shock you to learn that all white people don't agree on all issues?
The surprise here is the intense interest with which mainstream media -- and its audience -- now follow esoteric issues of African-American identity. I have a theory but exploring it too deeply would take this blog entry into area that would get my knuckles rapped by the people who pay me.
But I'll tell you this: Hopkins' anti-McNabb rant gained traction because it appealed to all kinds of latent yet widely embraced "isms":
Race. Voyeur. Fetish.
But again, this blog is about the fight game and this entry concerns the upcoming bout between Hopkins and Pascal. And like the bitter verbal fights that have popped into the headlines since March, this bout also revolves around an ism.
As in, Hopkins is 46 and people don't believe a fighter that old can perform at that high a level without using steroids.
And by people I mean Pascal, who since the rematch was signed has engaged in a one-man crusade to force Hopkins to drug testing more stringent than the Quebec Athletic Commission requires.
In a way, it makes sense. People feel burned by a long line of athletes who shattered records only to be revealed later as performance enhancing drug users.
Fans, journalists and competitors are wary and it's tough to blame them.
Each home run for Bautista draws a few more sideways glances, thanks to basbeall's steroid-era sluggers.
Every blazing 100-meter dash time laid down by Carmelita Jeter echoes the steroid-fuelled success of Marion Jones.
And as Manny Pacquiao racks up wins, questions mount from Floyd Mayweather's camp about whether he's cheating to achieve them.
But Pascal is different.
Before their first fight Pascal didn't voice a single suspicion about Hopkins and steroids. But the older man batters him for the latter half of their bout last December and suddenly he's Tony Mandarich.
Pascal hope his steroid accusations would raise suspicions about Hopkins among boxing fans, but instead they only confirm that the Executioner is in his head.
If Pascal weren't so distracted he'd realize that an elite fighter at 28 should beat the world's best 46-year-old, steroids or not. Fact is, Pascal struggles whenever an opponent stalks him and fires first, and laboured mightily in December because he couldn't figure out how to avoid Hopkins' soul-sapping left hooks to the body.
Those are problems you solve through coaching, game planning and execution, not a drug test.
Chad Dawson exposed Pascal's flaws in the final rounds of their fight last August, and if Hopkins didn't exploit them in December, Dawson would have in the rematch.
Yet Pascal continues to rant about drug testing, Hopkins' fighting style and Antonio Tarver's scorecard.
In pre-fight interviews Pascal continues to portray confidence, and offers a litany of accomplishments to an ESPN reporter as evidence that he's a the superior boxer.
Hopkins, meanwhile, stated the more compelling case in the ring in December, beating Pascal into retreat mode over that fight's final rounds.
Does that performance guarantee a win on Saturday?
Not at all.
Hopkins has defied age for more than a decade, but at a certain point 46 is 46.
But betting against him isn't easy. He doesn't take a fight unless he's sure he can win, and December's fight gave him a close-up view of glaring flaws that Pascal may not have corrected since then.
There's a chance Pascal has used this training camp for a Rocky III-style reprogramming, but there's an equal chance that the glitches in his style are deeply too deeply ingrained to change in six months.
And if Hopkins can still pull the trigger quickly enough to exploit them we might see a new world record Saturday night.