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Monday, March 22, 2010

Pacquiao-Mayweather fever sweeps the Golden Gloves; hardcore boxing fans chime in

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Filipino Sports Examiner | Dennis "dSource" Guillermo

Every sport has it's grassroots development level. Here in the US, basketball has the AAU and your high school basketball leagues; baseball, the Little League aside from all the school program for various sports.

Boxing on the other hand isn't the typical Phys. Ed. activity you can just pick up in school like other sports such as wrestling, track etc.

That's where the US Golden Gloves comes in.

This is where young boxing talents are molded and develop their skills in the sport of boxing.

Since 1923, The Golden Gloves have produced countless of champions and ring legends.

As written on it's mission statement: It is the mission of the Golden Gloves of America, Inc. to provide an activity and safe environment that promotes and enhances the physical and emotional well-being and social development of young athletes; develops individual athletic skills, work ethic, discipline, sportsmanship, self-respect and pride; and provides entertainment to citizens of the community. In seeking to fulfill its mission, the Golden Gloves of America, Inc. has thirty franchises which sponsor hundreds of programs competing in local and regional tournaments throughout the United States and in a National Tournament of Champions each year.

As a true fan of the sport, I try to go out to see the Golden Gloves as much as I can. I'm telling you, a lot of these kids can teach Joshua Clottey a thing or two about what it takes to be a champion. Some of the best fights I've seen live were from my Golden Gloves experiences.

So this week, while watching some of the action, I couldn't help but overhear a couple of old school boxing fans behind me talking passionately about the potential superfight between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. This was surprising to me because this was The Golden Gloves. Usually, fans of the GGs are somewhat oblivious to what goes on in the professional circles.

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