In a sport where the verbal joust has become bigger box office than the punch landed, it was refreshing to see two men let their sport do the talking. And the world heavyweight boxing this weekend wasn't bad either.
While those lower down the table found any reason to be aggrieved – the refereeing, the fixture list, the opponent, the weather – the Premier League's top two bosses continued to play out perhaps the nicest and most mutually respectful title battle in the history of the Premier League.
Football has become accustomed to its heavyweight bosses talking the talk as well as walking the walk. In a large part that is borne out of the Sir Alex Ferguson years: an era of combative relations between the leading manager and the media, where Muhammad Ali-style tough talk was the order of the day.
Because Sir Alex was the greatest in his time, just like Ali, a whole generation saw fit to emulate him: if not on the pitch, or in the ring, then in front of the cameras. It has become de rigeur, over the two-and-a-half decades of the Premier League's existence, to expect managers to be as combative for the tripod-mounted camera and the notebook as their teams are for the ticket-holding and subs-paying public.
In boxing, of course, we have seen an almost revolutionary, and quite welcome change to that: in the quiet, respectful build-up to Anthony Joshua v Wladimir Klitschko, and the fight-of-the-century (so far) standards displayed on the canvas over 11 rounds.
Why sell a fight with tough talk and flying tables, when the progression of three-minute masterpieces can do it far better? And we are seeing something quite similar in the Premier League right now.
Both Antonio Conte and Mauricio Pochettino are calm, measured souls when it comes to the press conference. When it comes to the boss of champions elect Chelsea, Conte seems impossible to dislike. Truly, the only reason to take offence at his press conferences is the interminable, journey-home-disrupting delays, which usually precede them.
At Everton, where Chelsea ultimately maintained their four-point lead over Pochettino's Tottenham into the last four fixtures of the season, Conte even managed to dampen the heckles in this area.
He was repeatedly asked to comment on Chelsea's one-hand-on-the-trophy status, and repeatedly dodged the question with aplomb. Possibly the most heated he got was in addressing one correspondent's surprise at Pedro's superlative season – pointing out the winger had demonstrated he was quite good before arriving at Chelsea, in winning a fair few things at Barcelona.
Read the full article on eurosport.co.uk: Why Conte and Pochettino's title joust has been a breath of fresh air