This week’s quote (taken from the book Floyd Patterson: The Fighting Life of Boxing’s Invisible Champion, by W.K. Stratton), comes to us courtesy of International Boxing Hall of Fame journalist Jimmy Cannon, as he attempted to make light of the inordinate number of times (9) that Patterson went down in his three fights with Ingemar Johansson.
“At first, I thought he (Patterson) would be the first heavyweight champion with a cauliflower tail.”
In a recent Showtime telecast featuring Art Hovhannisyan and Miguel Acosta, commentator Barry Tompkins, speaking on the tendency of fighters to tire more quickly as a result of missing punches versus landing them, said “It’s not the punches landed that wear you out, it’s the misses.” To which Steve Farhood, (seizing the opportunity to exploit the double meaning present between misses and missus) replied, “I know mine does.”
Fightin’ Words: Quote of the Week
During ESPN’s June 8th telecast between Kelly Pavlik and Scott Sigmon, commentator Teddy Atlas, speaking on the likelihood of an abbreviated ending, remarked, “Don’t go to your refrigerator; and if you do-walk backwards.”
Fightin’ Words: Quote of the Week
With Floyd Mayweather Jr. due to begin his 90-day stint at the Clark County Detention Center in Las Vegas today, this week’s quote (appropriate in terms of time sensitivity) was excerpted from David Greisman’s article “Ready to Grumble,” which first appeared in the April 2012 edition of Ring Magazine.
“If (Floyd) had served his jail time in the first few months of 2012 (instead of delaying it until mid-year), he could’ve had the chance to make the very license plates that will end up all the new cars he buys this year.”
In honor of President’s Day (February 20), this week’s quote comes to us courtesy of our nation’s 26th president, the quintessential Rough Rider himself, Theodore Roosevelt. Aside from advocating the use of “big sticks” as a source of conflict resolution, President Roosevelt, an avid boxing fan and star of such films as Night at the Museum and Night at the Museum II, also recognized the role that boxing played in developing character, courage, and accountability. He also respected and appreciated anyone with the willingness to climb between the ropes and subject themselves to the potential violence contained therein, and the following quote wonderfully captures that sentiment of admiration.
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”
In light of the excessive amount of political commentary making headlines these days, this week’s quote was chosen for its apt relevance with regards to the state of contemporary political discourse.
Responding to allegations that he was a Nazi sympathizer after having dined with Adolph Hitler, former German heavyweight champion Max Schmeling replied,
“I once went to dinner with Franklin Roosevelt; that did not make me a Democrat.”
This week’s quote comes to us courtesy of the incomparable (incorrigible?) heavyweight champion Mike Tyson, after he accepted an honorary doctorate degree from Ohio’s Central State University in 1989, and the quote itself was recently featured in the February 2012 edition of Ring Magazine in an article entitled The Good Fight, written by the esteemed Thomas Hauser. The guest commencement speaker, and then heavyweight champion, was reported to have remarked,
“I don’t know what kind of doctor I am; but watching all these beautiful sisters here, I’m debating whether I should be a gynecologist.”
A lot has been made about Antonio Margarito’s recent statement regarding his willingness to “die in the ring” if need be against Miguel Cotto, as well as Miguel Cotto’s rebuttal, in which he expressly made no such declarations. On the subject of making the ultimate sacrifice in the ring, this week’s quote comes from the always colorful former heavyweight champion Max Baer, and it concerns his sensible reasoning for yielding to Joe Louis in the 4th round of their 1935 bout.
“When I get executed, people are going to have to pay more than twenty-five dollars to watch it.”
Speaking on the subject of why he gave all five of his sons the same unimaginative “George” moniker, the two time heavyweight champion George Foreman replied,
“You let Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier, Kenny Norton, and Ron Lyle, hit you on the head, and see how many names your gonna remember.”
During a recent Friday Night Fight telecast featuring junior middleweights Yudel Jhonson and Jose Miguel Torres, Joe Tesitore, commenting on Torres’ decision to don a celebratory sombrero despite a rather apathetic performance, stated,
“Jose Miguel Torres just did not put forth enough here tonight. Completely outclassed. Wearing that hat was perhaps the most aggressive decision he made all night.”