How this pays off in their fight is anybody's guess. Will De La Hoya, animated by his latent animosity, go toe-to-toe? Does Vargas throw his bolt in impetuous impatience? De La Hoya is sure that Vargas, his chin exposed when he was knocked down five times in his TKO loss to Trinidad, will be easily solved, may even be shot. (He has not looked sharp since that 2000 fight.) Vargas, meanwhile, thinks De La Hoya has moved up too far in weight to meet "a man with man's strength." Indeed, De La Hoya's power has been conspicuously absent since he's climbed to 154 pounds.
But how it ends is predictable, which is to say, not with a hug. And for some people that may be refreshing—or honest, anyway. "You see these guys hugging and kissing today," says Aragon, the original Golden Boy, "I hate them all." After all, this is boxing! They're hitting each other in the face! Pretty hard!
You'd be mad, too.