|Say what you will, Cotto keeps it interesting|
Call me crazy, but I don't think the idea of a Miguel Cotto - Juan Manuel Marquez match is all that bad. Yeah, they're both past their heydays, but the fact remains these are two extremely talented fighters - perhaps greats - who are finally getting it on. And unlike Mayweather-Pacquiao, people will be under no illusions.
Should both men have found a way to have met earlier on in their esteemed careers? Maybe. But, let's face it, with all the competition around at the time, it isn't the worst thing in the world to have missed this one. There was just too much other good stuff happening. It's like Duran not meeting Pryor or Tyson not meeting Bowe - it would have been nice, but it's not a big deal in the end that it didn't happen.
And that's the selling point here - the fact that it would be nice to see these two guys get it on while there's still something in the tank. Both are going to the Hall of Fame, so there's really nothing to lose here. Indeed, there really won' t be much at stake at all. Two fighters past their primes can indeed make relevant fights - like Leonard-Hearns II - but a Cotto-Marquez fight probably wouldn't even be relevant. It would just be an interesting, fun matchup.
The problem, of course, is that people will see Pay Per View dollars in this. And that's where things may go south - unless, of course, the cost to watch the fight was extremely affordable. Even then, though, I don't see people coughing up a lot of green to see it. Just imagine how great it would be if this throwdown were to occur on regular HBO. Amazing!
Sadly, I tend to think that just ain't gonna happen.