This weekend is another big weekend in the world of boxing. Well, big for today’s world. I am old enough to remember when boxing was an actual big deal. I miss heavyweight championship boxing. I never got to see any of the big fights, but I couldn’t wait to see SportsCenter after it was over to see who won. Floyd Mayweather vs. Marcos Maidana. How badly do I want Maidana to win? Real bad.
I was in 5th grade when Buster Douglas knocked out Mike Tyson. I remember that like it was yesterday. The next Monday in class, it was all my teacher wanted to talk to us about. I have a box of childhood memories in the garage. The sports page from that fight is in there. Last summer, my air conditioner went out. It was awesome. (Insert sarcasm here.) However, my wife took our daughters to her grandmothers house for the day and what was on TV? Tyson’s greatest fights. He really was the baddest man on the planet. I could watch those old fights over and over again. Even though they only ever lasted 1-2 rounds.
My dad and I went to Reno in 2001 for Lennox Lewis vs. Hasim Rahman. We watched the first couple rounds, but Rahman was such an underdog, and I was… 22ish, I didn’t want to spend the time watching a completely worthless title fight. When I went back to find out in which round Lewis knocked out Rahman, I was shocked. Rahman pulled the upset. And good for him. Lewis was a garbage champion and the start of the downfall of the heavyweight division for me. I hate Lennox Lewis. I don’t know if I’ve ever been happier in a fight. He never actually fought anyone! He would dance around the ring and then through one punch in 12 rounds! Yes, I know it worked out for him, but he wasso afraid to actually fight.
Maybe the only fighter I hate more is Floyd Mayweather. He is such a gutless coward. He will fight anyone! Anyone not named Manny Pacquiao. At least, not when Pacquiao would have kicked his teeth in. And he would have. Pretty easily in my opinion. I think he knows it to. That’s why he ducked him for so long.
I know MMA has taken over as the premier fighting sport in this country. And I get it. When it’s good it’s great. I’ve gone to a few bars to see fights. When it’s slow, I really don’t understand it. But I can see why people say the same thing about boxing. I won’t be watching again this weekend. But I will be rooting HARD against Mayweather. I hope Maidana gives him the ass kicking his deserves. But Mayweather probably wins. Somehow he always does. Chicken shit.