HBO Boxing airs its 1,000th fight on Saturday, June 27. To commemorate the occasion, HBO Boxing Insiders selected their favorite fights from the HBO catalog and wrote about them.
April 7, 2001
Naseem Hamed vs. Marco Antonio Barrera
by Nat Gottlieb
"The Mexican beat Hamed that night, winning a unanimous decision and exposing the Prince's flaws to a public that once thought he was superhuman. "
February 3, 1996
Marco Antonio Barrera vs. Kennedy McKinney
by Kieran Mulvaney
"...the first HBO fight I vividly remember watching, the first to have me leaping to my feet and making the kind of excited noises that must have had my neighbors concerned..."
May 18, 2002
Micky Ward vs. Arturo Gatti I
by Eric Raskin
"The combined heart and guts displayed by Ward and Gatti is perhaps equaled elsewhere but certainly not surpassed by any other fight in history."
December 3, 2011
Miguel Cotto vs. Antonio Margarito II
by Frank Della Femina
"While a Cotto victory was hardly a surprise, I don't think anyone could have predicted the level of savage brutality he delivered over the course of nine full rounds."
May 2, 2009
Manny Pacquiao vs. Ricky Hatton
by Oliver Goldstein
"For a fight that is so much a part of this generation’s psyche, that May 2nd night looks curiously out-of-focus today, near and yet far, like an overexposed photograph."