From the wreckage comes a revival.
If the past two weeks in boxing have been dominated by negotiations that may or may not have taken place, for a fight that may or may not ever happen, then this weekend provides an opportunity for a pivot and a more positive focus.
Few things wash away the foul taste of the boxing business better than the purity of the sport itself, and once the lights go down and the bell rings in the Mandalay Bay Events Center, recent bitterness and disappointment will be lost in the shadows cast by two fighters going about the sport's real business.
Or, more accurately, eight fighters.
Saturday's pay-per-view card is something of a throwback, each of the televised fights promising exciting action and offering intriguing back stories.
The seemingly irresistible rise of Jorge Linares was rudely interrupted last October by a man who hadn't read the script: Juan Salgado of Mexico, who knocked him out inside a round. To return to the top, Linares must first climb over Rocky Juarez, a veteran whose career has been spent peering over the wall and into the Promised Land, without ever being able to complete the journey. Juarez is 0-5-1 in world title shots; any lingering hope of a seventh tilt at a belt will evaporate with another defeat.
Unlike Juarez, Joel Casamayor has seen the view from the summit, but the former junior lightweight and lightweight champion is pushing 40. Hoping to help him on his way Saturday is another former champ, Robert Guerrero, whose career interruptions have been caused not by in-ring setbacks but by the need to spend time attending to his wife, Casey, as she battles leukemia.