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  • Countdown to Cotto vs. Margarito With or Without HBO

    By Jake Donovan - Two months, to the date. July 26 is when boxing gets its next highly-anticipated event, when top welterweights Miguel Cotto and Antonio Margarito throw down in Las Vegas.

    Some are referring to the battle as the right to fight Floyd Mayweather Jr. Others claim it to be a fight taking place thanks to Floyd's reluctance (or disinterest, if you ask his camp) to face either fighter in the ring.

    But given what lies ahead between now and then, perhaps one word best sums it up relief. Whether or not HBO decides to run a "Countdown To" special (at last notice, they now say "Yea"), fans have already begun counting down the days.

    It already seems like a full year has passed by since we were blessed with boxing's version of March Madness, a month that produced no fewer than four legitimate Fight of the Year candidates, along with title changes and upsets galore. It's been a sprinkle here and there ever since, but nothing that's going to bring boxing to mainstream status anytime soon.

    Part of the problem over the past two months and quite frankly, extending through June is that can't miss fights were replaced with "what's this" showcase fights. Some of the sport's most notable names came out to play in April and May, but hardly a memorable moment among them.

    Standing out from the pack was Antonio Margarito's repeat beatdown of an allegedly improved version of Kermit Cintron rumors that swirled in the same circles that suggested Margarito was entering the twilight of his career. It took Margarito exactly 2 minutes, 45 seconds longer to dispatch Kermit than was the case three years prior, but still managed to put him way with just as much emphasis, a vicious reminder that a loss (or five) does not a career ruin. [details]

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    From his division arrival in December 2006 through, and including, his forthcoming fight with Margarito, no fighter has faced more Top 10 welterweights than Cotto.

    Still, the closest many came to taking notice was the one time his level of competition dropped, which happened to be this past April, when he battered overmatched Alfonso Gomez over five rounds. Prior to that, all he did was knock off four straight worldwide ranked weltwerweights (Carlos Quintana, Oktay Urka;, Zab Judah and Shane Mosley).

    Nor will there be a high-profile preview for next month's Diaz-Pacquiao card: just a reminder or two during HBO's next couple of telecasts. Cotto-Margarito was once destined for the same fate. But thanks to the public outcry, jumpstarted by Maxboxing.com's Steve Kim deliveirng the bad news in a columb early last week, the network has reconsidered its terrible decision to let this go without the extra push to which boxing fans have grown accustomed.

    Some fights worth sinking our proverbial teeth into somehouw surfacing between now and then will surely help cure the summer doldrums that await us. Until then, all we can do is count down the days untill Cotto and Margarito state across the ring at one another, in anticipation of the next= though hopefully not final - can't miss event of 2008.
    i love reading posts from certain individuals who happen to be fans of a certain poster claiming the exact opposite of everything bolded in red. it really confirms how credible this opinion is right here.

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    • #3
      Gomez's people did a really good job with there version of 24/7.....even if it was only Gomez's side it was still a quality production. So I have to ask, if Gomez's people can do that then the cost can't be that much for a countdown. Just do it.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Left2body View Post
        Gomez's people did a really good job with there version of 24/7.....even if it was only Gomez's side it was still a quality production. So I have to ask, if Gomez's people can do that then the cost can't be that much for a countdown. Just do it.
        they have a budget they have to manage so they want to spend the majority of their budget to sucker new people into the Mayweather/DLH II hype.

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        • #5
          It was a awful decision not to do one from the start there is no good business reason not to do one. Although maybe they were playing hardball with Arum to get him to pay part of the bill.

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          • #6
            The future looks bleak.

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            • #7
              This fight will be great no matter what!!! Floyd will beat dlh anyway!!!

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              • #8
                People can worry about Floyd vs the winner if/when it happens. Cotto v Tony will be a much better fight than Floyd against either, or Floyd v DLH, or Floyd v Hatton, or anything involving Floyd. As long as we have a real fight to look forward to everyone should forget about whatever the hell it is Floyd is or isn't doin.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by mangler View Post
                  People can worry about Floyd vs the winner if/when it happens. Cotto v Tony will be a much better fight than Floyd against either, or Floyd v DLH, or Floyd v Hatton, or anything involving Floyd. As long as we have a real fight to look forward to everyone should forget about whatever the hell it is Floyd is or isn't doin.
                  Not so fast my friend! This fight is only taking place to get a piece of floyd. TR is at the mercy of team mayweather wether we like it or not. PBF holds the key to everyones future at or near 147. What's the big deal? Oscar wore that crown for years now its PBF's turn. I still think both of these guys are extremely overrated.

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                  • #10
                    Regardless of his record, his real skill, and the hype around fighting him, Mayweather said himself that he is done with boxing and changed his name to "Money" and made some silly appearances on WWE.

                    His fight with DLH is just a pay day for them both and DLH shouldn't be considered a boxer anymore since he owns Golden Boy Promotions and any of his fights tied to that should be seen as a conflict of interest.

                    At the end of the day, Floyd doesn't fight ranked welterweights and should be considered irrelevant to boxing until he does so.

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