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    Tale of the tape: President Trump vs. Joe Biden

    Former vice president Joe Biden.
    Former vice president Joe Biden.

    It would be the most anticipated fight since Floyd Mayweather took on Conor McGregor in the ring, if not in the history of pay-per-view television itself: former vice president Joe Biden versus President Trump.

    The verbal sparring between Biden and Trump intensified this week as the two septuagenarians publicly traded barbs that included threats of physical violence.

    During an anti-sexual-assault rally called “It’s On Us” at the University of Miami on Tuesday, Biden said if he attended high school with Trump, he’d take him out back to teach him a lesson about respecting women.


    ‘‘A guy who ended up becoming our national leader said, ‘I can grab a woman anywhere and she likes it,’ ’’ Biden said, referencing the 2005 “Access Hollywood” tape, in which Trump was recorded bragging about sexually assaulting women. ‘‘If we were in high school, I’d take him behind the gym and beat the hell out of him.”

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    It was the second time in as many years that Biden referenced fighting Trump in a schoolyard brawl.

    Not one to back down from an opportunity to trash his opponents, Trump turned to Twitter Thursday morning to share his vision of what would happen if the two met, fist to fist.

    “Crazy Joe Biden is trying to act like a tough guy. Actually, he is weak, both mentally and physically, and yet he threatens me, for the second time, with physical assault,” Trump said. “He doesn’t know me, but he would go down fast and hard, crying all the way. Don’t threaten people Joe!”

    Has it really come to this? Yes. Yes, it has.


    So, what would it be like if Trump and Biden were to meet on the White House lawn, near the flagpole, after West Wing staffers had gone home for the day?

    There’s a lot to consider when weighing such a (hypothetical) match, one that The Lowell Spinners have already — cheekily? — offered to host in August.

    Here’s how the competitors match up.

    Steve Annear can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @steveannear. Information from the Associated Press was used in this report. Rob DeCola of the Globe staff contributed to this report.