Combat sports interviews don't come much better than Freddie Roach. Savvy enough to give the interviewer material to chew on, erudite enough to educate the viewer or reader, experienced in the business enough to have authority on his opinions and inside enough to give esoteric details.
As for the substance of Roach's arguments, even if "attempted murder" is a layman's exaggeration, the criticism still honors the spirit of Margarito's grotesque crime. I've been championing this fight in this digital space more than anyone on staff, but it occupies the space of being underhandedly opportunistic while still being high end and at least somewhat meaningful. It's certainly consequential.
There's no denying this entire affair is a replacement for what is supposed to be the biggest fight of our generation, but Pacquiao is a character that's hard to ignore. Mexican fans loyal to Margarito might care about his redemptive storyline, but most sports fans just want to see Pacquiao do what he does.
It's not the perfect fight or even the best fight. What underwrites it is real ugliness in fight sport. But it's more interesting than UFC 122 by a mile. I can't wait for Saturday. I want to see Pacquiao be Pacquiao again.