-- Requiem for a Welterweight
- Brin Jonathan-Butler, SBNation
, Nov. 20, 2013
""Time is a vandal," Jimmy Cannon once wrote. Joe Louis was Cannon's hero and he watched Rocky Marciano beat his hero into retirement. Louis was Ali's hero and, in 1980, Ali's hero was pushed in his wheelchair to Caesar's Palace to watch Ali's former sparring partner, Larry Holmes, brutalize him until Ali's trainer, Angelo Dundee, mercifully stopped the fight. Eight years later, in 1988, when Tyson fought an aging Holmes, Tyson's childhood hero, Ali, was there to whisper in Tyson's ear, "Get him for me." And Tyson did, knocking him out in four rounds. Seventeen years later, on June 11, 2005, at age 39, Tyson, two years after filing for bankruptcy, was fighting the unknown journeyman Kevin McBride. He quit on his stool in the seventh round and retired from the sport."
-- The Beatdown That Heals
- Rafe Bartholomew, Grantland
, Nov. 25, 2013
"And now this: Pacquiao’s vow to rise again from what will likely be remembered as one of the most devastating knockouts in boxing history, along with his vow to dedicate the fight to the typhoon victims after their homes were leveled and lives shattered by Haiyan’s storm surge, made the Rios match the most important symbolic moment of his career. New York had the Yankees’ return to the Bronx after 9/11. New Orleans had the Saints’ Super Bowl XLIV win in 2010, as the city continued to rebuild after Hurricane Katrina. It’s not a stretch to compare those moments to Pacquiao’s win over Rios and its meaning to the Philippines. One could sense it in Macau before the fight, when the Filipino majority among the crowd of 13,200 belted out the last two lines of their national anthem. One could sense it in the hugs exchanged among Filipino broadcasters and reporters after the decision, even though the outcome was never in question. The country needed this one."
-- Shadow Boxing
- Wright Thompson, ESPN - Outside the Lines, Dec. 2009
"Long after we're gone, the details of our existence will remain part of the public record; in time, they will be all that's known about us, a skeleton of facts, the human whys long decayed. That's what made Sweet Jimmy's disappearance strange. It's hard to disappear. Search engines record everything: our arrests, the amount we paid for our house, the times we've defaulted on a credit card or paid our taxes late. No piece of our past is truly private. The love of a wedding day is public record, as is the hatred of divorce. Public records allow me, in less than two minutes, to learn that Muhammad Ali has a home or office at 8105 Kephart Lane and that his wife has owned a Lexus, license plate LA1, with an AM/FM cassette player and a standard tilt steering wheel. The invasiveness can be scary, but also strangely reassuring. Someday, through these strings of ones and zeroes, people will know we were here. It's impossible not to leave a trail. Finding Jimmy, I was sure, would take a day. Two, tops."
-- Out Route
- Seth Wickersham, ESPN, Feb. 12, 2014
"THE COPING CYCLE begins again. He manufactures hope by thinking about teams that rallied from poor Septembers to reach the Super Bowl. By Monday night against the Jets, he has tenuously rebounded. He shakes off double-teams to catch 10 passes for 97 yards. But Atlanta falls to 1-4 on a last-second field goal."