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Thursday, April 8, 2010

Floyd, Shane and the "suite" science

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Dallas Boxing Examiner | Matt Stolow

Earlier today, Floyd Mayweather, Sr. and Jack Mosley, the fathers of the May 1st participants Floyd Mayweather, Jr. and Shane Mosley held a teleconference.

OK, good enough. Both are well-known if not respected boxing men and the fight might sell out and need to go to auxiliary seating.

Next week, the two fighter's sister's will debate, followed by a bonus round of their current and past mothers - in - law.

Is this a coincidence, or have we really just run out of ideas to promote prize fights?

Irving Rudd, the late, great press agent (who hated the term "publicist") who shilled for many but most famously for Bob Arum, would often tell the story of an heroic deed performed by the champion in training camp.

"There were two staples of press agentry in the early '30s. One was the maiden drowning in the lake, the other was the photo of the champion chopping down a tree.

"You see," said Rudd, "Our boxing hero was doing his road work early one morning when he heard this cry for help. The maiden was drowning in a lake and the heroic fighter would stop his running long enough to effect a rescue."

Rudd used to wonder what the maiden was doing around the lake at 6:00 AM in the freezing cold of winter.

Rudd once asked the late, great trainer Ray Arcel about the intelligence of having the champion chopping wood with an axe due to the great danger and risk apparent.

Arcel looked at Rudd as if he were punchy.

The axe-wielding boxer was wearing fancy pressed slacks and polished oxford street shoes.

Irving has been gone many years so It's safe to say I have a framed letter from him hanging in my office that he wrote to me in the final days of the Sugar Ray Leonard training camp in Hilton Head, South Carolina getting ready to head to Las Vegas for the April 1987 fight with unbeatable Marvelous Marvin Hagler.

"Prediction? As a Top Rank man I never make them. But as a betting man able to wager $1,000 or more, the odds against Leonard look real juicy. I like what I see here."

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