"I watched the Leonard/Hagler fight before all of my fights because that was the ultimate fight for my favorite fighter, Sugar Ray Leonard, and he handled the pressure of that fight with ease. The look on his face displayed fearlessness yet confidence. Leonard showed art in its purest form that night. You could see all of the strategic moves he made look instinctive, but was really premeditated. So that fight reminded me that this sport is for intellectuals," stated former lightweight contender Calvin Davis, who talked about Floyd Mayweather, Manny Pacquiao, and the sport of boxing. Check it out!
PC: We left off with you talking about Floyd Mayweather and the lack of appreciation for him. I have to ask, if a Pacquiao/Mayweather fight were to happen, who do you favor and why?
CD: I like Mayweather in this fight based upon his ability to pay attention to detail; the flaws and strengths of his opponents. Mayweather is great at exposing a fighter's weaknesses and using his strengths against himself. Mayweather has shown how he could make an adjustment throughout the round and throughout a fight better than Pacquiao. Mayweather's arrogance is one of his greatest strengths. It drives him to be great, but he's humble enough to win ugly on his own terms.
PC: Although you said you haven't been able to follow boxing as well as you would like to while in prison, one thing you told me when we spoke awhile back is that you do have access to ESPN and you're not a Skip Bayless fan to say the least. It really bothers you when you see him say a fighter is scared of another one.
CD: What bothers me about Skip Bayless insulting fighters is his lack of knowledge about the sport. He says fighters are scared to fight each other, which isn't true at all. Most fighters have had an extensive amateur career where they don't have no time to prepare for fights or fighters like they do as a professional. Therefore, those amateur fights are much harder and fearful, but that fear is what drives every fighter.
PC: And not just fighters, Calvin. You have a hard time dealing with the fact that he's become famous for bashing athletes; the guy has over 800,000 Twitter followers and it's based on this hate for athletes and what they do personally.
CD: Those are astonishing numbers; 800,000 that Skip has following him on Twitter. And the sad thing is it's all based on hate. But it's America, so I'm not surprised actually. I say that because I understand that most American people view the news on TV and the papers to follow someone else's grief as opposed to their triumphs in life. Skip wants to be a modern day Howard Cosell, intellectual charisma, so he tries to defame athletes for his own immediate gratification, which is his grandiosity. Skip knows nothing about that kind of fear, that drive, that challenge to accomplish something more meaningful in life in such a barbaric way.
PC: We have something somewhat in common. The first fight I ever watched as a kid was Leonard/Hagler and you told me that's the fight you watched before every one of your fights. Why that fight my man?
CD: I watched the Leonard/Hagler fight before all of my fights because that was the ultimate fight for my favorite fighter, Sugar Ray Leonard, and he handled the pressure of that fight with ease. The look on his face displayed fearlessness yet confidence. Leonard showed art in its purest form that night. You could see all of the strategic moves he made look instinctive, but was really premeditated. So that fight reminded me that this sport is for intellectuals.
PC: Sugar Ray Leonard is your favorite fighter of all time. What is it about Ray that did it for you?
CD: Leonard was an intellectual fighter. He seen things in his opponents with intuition and made it look instinctive. Leonard was graceful; an artist. Sugar Ray Leonard was greatness at its best!
PC: What is the timetable on you getting out and how long have you currently served?
CD: I no longer count years now; only weeks and months. I have been in prison for 10 1/2 years now and it's only a couple months before it comes to a closing end.
PC: Would you like to train fighters upon your release or have some involvement in the sport of boxing?
CD: I don't have any interest in training fighters. I've seen too many trainers die broke financially and of broken hearts. That's the tragic side of the coin in this sport that no one wants to talk about, however, I would consider certain fighters if the opportunity is there. But nevertheless, I'm going to be involved in boxing in some kind of way. But upon my release, I'm going into the personal training field. I want to help athletes and everyday Americans get in world-class shape mentally and physically so that they can live a remarkably richer life.
PC: Thanks again for your time and I wish you the best of luck. Is there anything you want to say in closing?
CD: This is for all of your readers...I want them to know that I have always used boxing as a journey for self-discovery, as a vehicle to push myself and the closest to me to achieve their full potential, and as an avenue to answer the larger and more important questions in life. Boxing for me has been a platform to make meaningful connections with others and to maximize the resources from those relationships. I chose boxing as a sport for the end results. I did it for the process to challenge how life would unfold for me.