A Great Fight, But A Bad Outcome For Boxing
Although the Cotto/Margarito fight was definitely worth whatever you paid for it, it didn't exactly have the conclusion that I think a lot of people were hoping for.
Margarito wound up pummeling Cotto late and it was Cotto's own corner that threw in the towel for him in the 11th round after he'd been knocked to the canvas twice. And, frankly, it was the right decision. Cotto was about as out of it as I've seen a guy in while. He could barley stand on his feet.
The problem is that while this was a great fight, had Cotto won, and remained undefeated, he would have beaten every welterweight with the exception of Floyd Mayweather - who's, of course, "retired."
The thought was, if Cotto won, someone would find enough money to get Mayweather out of retirement to face Cotto for all the marbles.
Now, that seems about as likely as Mayweather refusing to make it rain at clubs.
In my mind, boxing needed a Cotto/Mayweather fight to stir up interest in the sport once more. The stoic, businesslike Cotto, versus the brash (read: jackass) Mayweather would have been quiet a storyline and made for one compelling fight.
Now, however, I fear boxing may just keep getting swept under the rug by MMA.