Blog 27

Updated: July 24, 2008, 6:15 PM ET
By Kieran Mulvaney

Thursday, 5:25 p.m. ET -- More from Ray Leonard

I asked Ray Leonard what he thought Miguel Cotto and Antonio Margarito were going through and thinking, just two days away from the biggest fights of their careers.

"You know, it's really strange," he answered. "It's a process, an evolution. You sign the fight, you talk trash. You may not mean it as condescending when you say it, but you mean it because you're confident. Then when it comes to training camp and you're not in tip-top shape and your sparring partners pretty much get the best of you sometimes. Then over the course of the four weeks, five weeks, everything starts to come together, and you become confident. Then all of a sudden, there's about a week before the fight, you can't wait. You want to fight tomorrow. You're peaking at that point, and you know you're ready. You've put those hours in, those rounds in, those miles in … It's an incredible transformation from Day 1 to where they are now. Right now, they don't want to talk, they don't want to socialize, they just want to think about the fight." -- Kieran Mulvaney