Sunday 25 September 2016

Sweet science proves it can go the distance

Donny Mahoney

Published 06/05/2015 | 02:30

"On last Friday night's Off the Ball, we spoke to legendary boxing writer and 'Newark Star-Ledger' columnist Jerry Izenberg about Mayweather-Pacquiao and whether this was boxing's last big night" (Getty Images)

On last Friday night's Off the Ball, we spoke to legendary boxing writer and 'Newark Star-Ledger' columnist Jerry Izenberg about Mayweather-Pacquiao and whether this was boxing's last big night.

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"No," said Izenberg firmly. His feeling is that boxing would not only endure but inspire because, as a spectacle, it remained so simple. Three men in the ring together. Two with gloves on, squaring off. The other officiating. The rules were self-evident.

"Even a Martian could understand it," Izenberg said.

Maybe there is cause to share his optimism. Whatever about the actual fight that took place Saturday night in Vegas, boxing proved again that it can generate hype and turn mere sport into a morality play like nothing else.

And Izenberg should know. He was in born in 1930. His father made him listen to Louis-Schmeling II at Yankee Stadium on the radio when he was eight and he's actually seen everything that's happened in boxing since.

"My problem is I know too much," he said.

Irish Independent

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