QUOTE (Cheesey1 @ Jan 6 2012, 03:04 PM)
"Life of an Opponent" was a very good article. Refreshing piece, that I think is definitely worth a read. Nice one Mr. Kassell and all the best to Mr. Sparkman.
After giving it a bit more thought, the obvious conclusion from this, as said by many others, is that boxing needs a boxers association to handle things like health care and pensions.
The title should obviously say " ...- Great Article"
boxing is just like anything else in life....the more u put into it...the more u get out of it. i remember when i was a kid and my pops would tell me all the time...
"u have to do ur homework! i'm not in school, but i still do homework! it's how we get ahead!"
and i didn't totally understand that until i was a bit older. same holds true for boxing. u can't walk into this and expect to come out on top just because u showed up. the more u can think ahead, and plan out every step....the more u understand what it is u are gettin into and know what to expect, the better u can prepare....the better u can expect ur outcome to be. it's scientific...but it's not rocket science. i can't feel sorry for the dude because he took a half assed approach to his career. if he wanted to make more money, he should have put forth more effort. it's that simple. if one would spend some time and get to know these guys that are at the top of the sport...they would realize that they aren't there by chance. it took a lot of serious thought, planning and preparation to get where they are. floyd is an intelligent dude. so is pacquaio. add their willingness to work harder than anyone else to what they do and u'll understand that they really did their homework. they really put in the work.
there are plenty of fighters who came from shitty small towns who realized they weren't going to get what they needed from where they were so they relocated. in this day and age...i don't know that it's necessary to do that, especially with the internet available to everyone. this guy could have been better. he chose not to.