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Under McGirt, the brawler is more of a boxer

Just four years ago, Arturo Gatti's career was on the scrap heap. But teaming up with trainer Buddy McGirt has led to a surprising career revival.

Updated: June 23, 2005, 12:14 PM ET
By Dan Rafael | ESPN.com

Arturo Gatti stands ready to defend his junior welterweight title in one of the year's biggest fights against Floyd Mayweather. But the sheer fact that Gatti has a title to defend, that he is considered among the best in the business – that he is even still fighting – is nothing short of amazing.

When Gatti (39-6, 30 KOs) meets Mayweather (33-0, 22 KOs) Saturday night (HBO PPV, 9 p.m. ET) at sold-out Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J., he will be at the pinnacle of the sport ...

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