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Why can't we embrace Rigondeaux?

Cuba's slick but solemn craftsman lacks that 'something extra' to be a star

Updated: December 5, 2013, 4:04 PM ET
By Nigel Collins | ESPN.com

The longer you hang around boxing, the more you realize how complicated it is. At first it seems as straightforward as a punch in the nose. But it turns out to be a multifaceted ritual that says as much about the spectators as it does the participants. They mirror one another, reflecting the best and worst of the human condition in an ever-shifting cultural mosaic.

For example, Wladimir and Vitali Klitschko's immense popularity in Eastern Europe baffles American fans, while the ...

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