I had the privilege of covering the Yuri Foreman-Miguel Cotto fight for my day job this past Saturday, which I enjoyed a great deal. I hadnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t been ringside for a fight since Floyd Mayweather and DeMarcus Corley way back in 2004, and it was good to be back. It almost made up for all the times IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve had to work until long after the sun has risen. Almost.
Here are some of my favorite images from the first boxing match at Yankee Stadium in nearly 34 years.
Yuri Foreman shuffled around the ring in the seventh round on Saturday night, attempting to fight with a badly injured right knee, while most observers lamented what a bad break had befallen the first Israeli world champion.
But ForemanÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s injury took his title defense against Miguel Cotto from a surprisingly good match to unforgettable. And in the process, he showed us just what kind of person he is, and established a legacy that extends far past the ring.
Not a bad silver lining, if you ask me.
Thought IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d share some of my favorite pictures from the run-up to Yuri Foreman vs. Miguel Cotto at Yankee Stadium tonight. Feel free to use any of them for whatever youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d like, but please credit SportsAngle.com.
I havenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t been around here as much IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d like to be lately, though that will change Ã¢â‚¬â€œ my day job has taken up a slight bit more of my time given that IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve been covering the events leading up to tonightÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Yuri Foreman-Miguel Cotto fight at Yankee Stadium, which has been great.
Floyd MayweatherÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s systematic destruction of Shane Mosley on Saturday night wasnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t the most exciting fight, as per usual. But it was a rare chance to see an athlete at the absolute top of his craft, and one who knows perfectly how to market himself at the same time.
When you see Paulie Malignaggi heading towards a microphone, you donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t know whether to prepare to laugh or to cringe. In reality, usually it turns out to be a little of both.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“When he goes off,Ã¢â‚¬Â his promoter, Lou DiBella, told me with a shrug, Ã¢â‚¬Å“I mean, I sometimesÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ like, I tremor! He goes off and IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m sitting there shaking my headÃ¢â‚¬Â¦Ã¢â‚¬Â
But itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s mostly endearing, right?
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Oh yeah! ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s definitely mostly endearing, but he says certain things, and then people hold me accountable for things that Paulie says. I canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t control PaulieÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s month. I mean, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve given up a long time ago censoring Paulie Malignaggi.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Full transcripts Ã¢â‚¬â€œ I thought they were too entertaining not to post in their entirety.
The fight may have been a fairly big letdown for something called Ã¢â‚¬Å“The Event.Ã¢â‚¬Â Joshua Clottey provided not much more resistance than the heavy bag in my apartment. And a decent undercard turned out pretty lousy.
But last nightÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s fight further reiterated the star power Ã¢â‚¬â€œ and drawing power Ã¢â‚¬â€œ that Manny Pacquiao possesses. And as it somewhat numbs the bad feelings of the disintegrated holy grail fight of Pacquiao vs. Floyd Mayweather that was supposed to take place last night, it whets our appetite for that matchup when it finally happens.
Because it will happen, and the power of Pacquiao is the biggest reason. For a fight against a guy virtually nobody in the general public knows, and who essentially refused to throw punches, he drew over 50,000 people to a football stadium. For a boxing match. In 2010.
If there was any question before that Pacquiao is the face of the sport, that should clear it up.
Floyd Mayweather messed with Manny Pacquiao for so long that he completely played himself.