Topic: Boxing

July 10, 2012

"Vince Carter technically can play basketball better than Michael Jordan. He’s a better outside shooter than Michael Jordan, he could pretty much do anything Michael Jordan could do. The difference was Jordan was fucking insane."

July 2, 2012

Losing a boxing match is not at all like discovering that another person is better than you at a particular skill. Remember that Boxing is basically fighting. If someone outfights you then you have to come to grips with all that entails. Being outfought, or worse knocked out, means you have been emasculated and are subsequently less of a man than your opponent. In other words, if the world consisted of just you and him, he would get what he wanted and you wouldn’t.

June 21, 2012

After he won gold in Montreal in 1976, American promoters offered Cuban heavyweight Teófilo Stevenson five million dollars to turn pro and challenge Muhummad Ali. He refused.

He said of the offer, "What is one million dollars compared to the love of eight million Cubans?"

May 28, 2012

Johnny Tapia, a five-time champion of the world, is dead at 45. What do his crazy life and early death say about boxing and the hard lives of even the greatest boxers?

May 23, 2012

The author's Uncle Gene joined the service after 9/11. A night of boxing at West Point made the author realized that he belonged there. 

May 18, 2012

Manny Pacquiao does not want to murder gay people, but what Manny Pacquiao wants, says, and does matter much less than the financial implications of what people think Manny Pacquiao wants, says, and does. 

May 14, 2012

In New Jersey, and elsewhere, Arturo Gatti became a boxing legend for his capacity, willingness, and seeming eagerness to absorb punishment in the ring. Outside the ring, things weren't much easier.

May 4, 2012

A wrestling heel seems to be where Floyd gets most of the inspiration for his persona. His moves are calculated to offend, more in the vein of the Million Dollar Man than Muhammad Ali.

April 27, 2012

If Chad Dawson is a fighter who will do just enough to win and no more, Bernard Hopkins is the type of fighter who will do whatever it takes to win, and nothing less. With Hopkins, it's always personal. 

February 4, 2012

A farewell to an acting legend, with a delightfully weird video featuring two sports greats.