If you’ve been within 100 yards of a television or radio this past week, then you’ve undoubtedly heard about the various news headlines concerning the boxing community. From controversial fights to unfortunate losses, it has been an emotional week for boxing.
Everyone has a story of where they were when they heard about the passing of JFK, John Lennon or Marting Luther King, Jr. For the boxing community, the story will be about Wednesday, February 1, 2012. On this day, the world’s greatest boxing trainer, Angelo Dundee, passed away at 90 years old. It was an emotional day for us here at Boxing Tours, as I’m sure it was for you, when the news broke over the internet. The famed corner man for Muhammad Ali, Angelo Dundee had a knowledge of the sport that not many could understand, except perhaps for the thirteen World Champions that trained under his watchful eye.
“If Angelo hadn’t been in my corner, I wouldn’t be where I am today” stated Muhammad Ali in 1981. Coming from The People’s Champ, those words carry a lot of weight, and I’m sure he wouldn’t say that about many other people who touched his career.
As most of the boxing world mourns the loss of Angelo Dundee, a certain undefeated, trash-talking light-middleweight fight has other things on his mind, a one Miguel A. Cotto. It was released this week that the most anticipated fight of this decade (Mayweather Jr. vs Paquiao) will officially not happen on the originally anticipated date, May 5th. Yes, Mayweather will be wrapping his hands and running his mouth while the rest of the country sits back with a corona and sombrero, but Manny Pacquiao will be nowhere near by. Instead, Puerto Rican boxer Miguel A. Cotto will be sitting opposite Mayweather on the famed Mexican “fiesta” day.
Countless fans are disappointed, as are we, that Pacquiao v. Mayweather is not happening (yet) but as they say, sometimes the best things in life are worth waiting for.