Ten years from now, Israel Vazquez will slowly pull himself out of a chair, wince, and think of Rafael Marquez.
In 15 years, Marquez will roll over in bed, feel a pain, and remember Vazquez.
They won't be the same men. They'll carry with them for the rest of their lives the reminders of their epic battles: A sore this, a painful that.
They won't be the same men on Saturday, when they meet for a fourth time in their epic series at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, as they were the night in 2007 when they first stood across the ring from each other.
Then, they were young fighters eager to please, anxious to pummel someone as much for glory and honor as for the ability to secure their futures. Now, they're grizzled, wizened veterans, keenly aware of the toll the sport exacts on some of its greatest warriors.
They're no less proud and no less competitive, though, and so Saturday's Showtime-televised bout likely won't be significantly different from the first three.
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