With the rematch between Miguel Cotto and Antonio Margarito just seven days away, it's time to kick the coverage into high gear, which will really get revving on Monday. For now, let's look back at the HBO Greatest Hits for both men, and we'll start with Margarito.
It's an interesting compilation. Overall in these featured fights, Margarito went just 3-3, and took a pair of horrific beatings in the last two fights (which were sandwiched by a win in Mexico over also-ran Roberto Garcia). And one of the wins featured is over Golden Johnson, which was nothing more than a "get well" fight for Margarito on the Cotto vs Mosley undercard, back when the power promoters just looooved giving us one-name mismatches so they could say, "This is a significant fight. It has Margarito!" (or whomever)
So for wins you have Golden Johnson, the Cintron rematch (whatever), and the Cotto epic. For losses, you start with Paul Williams, and then watch Margarito get decimated by Shane Mosley on Wraps Night, and then getting his face beaten in by Manny Pacquiao.
Realistically, this is a pay-per-view main event next Saturday with a guy who hasn't won a fight that meant anything since July 2008, and was beaten pillar to post his last two real times in the ring.
So, uh...well, I mean, we know why people will buy, and what the appeal is, but this is way more story than matchup at this point, isn't it? Not as a fight (it's still a good matchup just as a fight, or better than many, anyway), but as a big-time pay-per-view.