As boxing debates go, you could do worse than trying to determine which is more remarkable: 46-year-old Bernard "The Executioner" Hopkins trying to become the oldest holder of a widely recognized world championship or Manny Pacquiao, 32, winning belts in eight weight divisions.
MANNY PACQUIAO is the most important figure in boxing, so it can be argued that any bout in which he is involved is a big deal. It therefore doesn't seem much of a stretch when the television ads for Pacquiao's pay-per-view bout with Shane Mosley hype the Saturday matchup of future Hall of Famers as the "biggest fight of the year." It may turn out to be just that.
ONE OF THE THINGS that binds us to sports is our fascination with the statistics they generate. Joe DiMaggio's 56-game hitting streak. Cal Ripken Jr.'s 2,632 consecutive games played. Wilt Chamberlain's monster 100-point and 55-rebound games. Jerry Rice's 197 touchdown receptions. Archie Moore's 131 knockout victories. Those numbers are as familiar to fans as the dates of loved ones' birthdays.
ALL THESE YEARS later, it turns out Brother Charles Klein was right. Klein was my high school chemistry teacher. Once, after he chided me for my seeming lack of interest in his course, I told him that it was not my intention to become a chemist and that upon obtaining a passing grade, I no doubt would quickly forget the at
FORMER WBO heavyweight champion Tommy "The Duke" Morrison wants to resume his boxing career at 42, which on the face of it isn't as ridiculous as it might seem. George Foreman ended a 10-year retirement in 1987 and on Nov. 5, 1994, at the improb
FORMER HEAVYWEIGHT champions Larry Holmes and Lennox Lewis, members of one of boxing's more exclusive fraternities, will be at ringside tomorrow night to support four-time former heavyweight titlist Evander Holyfield in his latest attempt to thwart Father Time, that most daunting of opponents for fighters on the shadowy side of 40.
IN 2009's "The Ultimate Book of Sports Movies," co-authors Ray Didinger and Glen Macnow make the case for boxing's being the best sport for Hollywood to bring to the silver screen. Thirteen boxing-themed flicks make their top 100 list, and a few worthy contenders just missed making the cut.
Bernard Fernandez is a native of New Orleans who was bitten by the journalism bug when he won a citywide Catholic schools essay contest for eighth graders. His first newspaper job was as a copyboy for the Times-Picayune in New Orleans in the summer of 1964. He has also been a sports writer at the Houma Courier (La.), Miami Herald, Jackson Daily News (Miss.) and Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Bernard has been at the Philadelphia Daily News for 23 years. His primary beats are boxing, which he has covered for nearly 20 years, and Penn State football. During his career, he has served as four-term president of the Boxing Writers Association of America; received the Nat Fleischer Award from the BWAA in April 1999 for lifetime achievement; been inducted into the Pennsylvania Boxing Hall of Fame (2005), and received 63 local, state, regional and national writing and public-service awards, including two firsts and a second in the APSE (Associated Press Sports Editors) writing contest.