The first episode of Cotto vs Margarito 24/7 debuts on Saturday night at 10 p.m. EST on HBO. It will be a short, two-part series leading up to their pay-per-view rematch on December 3, live from Madison Square Garden.
Here's the trailer for the series:
It's a well-done trailer, but two things:
- It's for a junior middleweight title, not a welterweight title.
- I don't understand this idea that Margarito can be somehow "redeemed."
I mean, maybe, there's redemption in his own heart or mind or something, but that would be the admission that he needs to be redeemed, and he denies any wrongdoing. As for fans of boxing, if you think he was framed or wrongfully "convicted" or something, you don't feel he needs redemption, or can at least likely understand that it's unattainable.
If you are of the belief that he shouldn't even be allowed in a professional boxing ring, and certainly shouldn't be glorified with these HBO pay-per-view main events, then what could ever possibly change your mind? I'm pretty sure it isn't a win over Miguel Cotto. Or a win over anyone.
Actually, I don't think the redemption storyline fits much at all. Margarito is never going to live down and truly put behind him the hand wraps scandal, and Miguel Cotto is taking this fight for money. I think it's going to be a good fight and I'm looking forward to the entire card, which is loaded with likely great action, but this isn't about a redemption storyline to me. Maybe it is for others, but it doesn't compute with me.