Margarito should turn his attention toward Williams

Updated: September 5, 2008, 8:12 AM ET
By Dan Rafael
Your weekly random thoughts …

• Why is it that some folks believe that it is OK for Antonio Margarito to keep calling out and belittling Oscar De La Hoya to complain that by fighting Manny Pacquiao on Dec. 6, he is not facing the biggest challenge in front of him (which would be Margarito) when Margarito himself is not taking the biggest challenge in front of him, which is a rematch against Paul Williams? I'd call that hypocritical.

At least De La Hoya is not out there proclaiming to be the best welterweight in the world, blah, blah, blah. He's just trying to make a big fight, which Pacquiao is. For me to buy Margarito's recent rhetoric, he's going to have to fight Williams again. Margarito can't complain that Williams, who beat Margarito in a close and entertaining fight in the summer of '07, doesn't bring a lot of money to the table either since last time I checked, Williams' promoter, Dan Goossen, offered Margarito and promoter Bob Arum a $4 million guarantee against a 50 percent share of the revenue. That would be, by far, Margarito's career-best payday. He didn't make near $4 million to fight Miguel Cotto in July, even with what he might have earned on his pay-per-view upside. I have no problem with Margarito going for a unification/rematch with Joshua Clottey on Nov. 1, the fight that is being finalized, but for him to rag on De La Hoya for ducking him is like the pot calling the kettle black as long as Margarito is ignoring a rematch with Williams.