21,000 people sold out Madison Square Garden on Saturday to watch Miguel Cotto give Antonio Margarito his comeuppance, and there would be no other acceptable outcome.
A Margarito victory would have been catastrophic, as would have a run-of-the-mill boxing debacle akin to Bernard HopkinsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ aborted match against Chad Dawson a few weeks back. As such, with the exception of the first Mets game at Shea Stadium after 9/11, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m not sure IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve attended a sporting event where the outcome seemed quite so crucial.
As I sat in the MCI Center and watched LeBron James in the 2003 Jordan Capital Classic, his final game as a high schooler, I fantasized that the next time IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d watch him play live would be at Madison Square Garden.
And heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d be wearing Knicks blue and orange.
The Knicks, of course, did not win the 2003 Draft lottery — they only had a 1.5 percent shot at the No. 1 pick. I held out some hope for the magical Summer of 2010, but LeBron infamously decided that heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s not about saving franchises.
So though it wasnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t quite the way I imagined it, after eight years, I decided it was finally time to go see LeBron at the Garden.
When you see Paulie Malignaggi heading towards a microphone, you donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t know whether to prepare to laugh or to cringe. In reality, usually it turns out to be a little of both.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“When he goes off,Ã¢â‚¬Â his promoter, Lou DiBella, told me with a shrug, Ã¢â‚¬Å“I mean, I sometimesÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ like, I tremor! He goes off and IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m sitting there shaking my headÃ¢â‚¬Â¦Ã¢â‚¬Â
But itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s mostly endearing, right?
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Oh yeah! ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s definitely mostly endearing, but he says certain things, and then people hold me accountable for things that Paulie says. I canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t control PaulieÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s month. I mean, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve given up a long time ago censoring Paulie Malignaggi.Ã¢â‚¬Â