Arch Ward had a simple idea. Help kids and promote amateur boxing. Take fighting off the streets and into a ring. Turn dreams into reality. The same notion exists today, much as it did in Chicago in 1923. The same hope lies within those who continue to champion Golden Gloves boxing.
A confession: I don’t want to see it as badly as I do Manny Pacquiao pummel Adrien Broner, but time will pass, and September will arrive, and if that is indeed when Floyd Mayweather Jr. continues his six-fight contract with Showtime, the only opponent worth a pay-per-view receipt again is Marcos Maidana.
Oscar De La Hoya strikes me as a man who doesn’t buy the idea that recognizing power in another doesn’t diminish his own.
TBE, Floyd Mayweather’s latest acronym to describe his place in boxing history — The Best Ever — falls short on the reality side of the ledger. He never has been. He never will be.