posted on May, 23 2004 @ 01:26 PM
TSN (The Sports Network), our version of ESPN, just showed "The Thrilla in Manilla" uncut. I haven't seen this bout in almost 30 years. Forgot what
real heavyweights were. Ali and Frazier were throwing bombs in the FOURTEENTH round. They were fighting at about 220 pounds. Today this division is
much heavier, and less entertaining. After the first 6 rounds these huge men are playing boxings lottery. Tired, they're clutching, hoping to land
that one big punch. Damn, that's boring. Is it that they're too big and tire out too easy, or were those fighters in the 70's just so much better? If
the former is true, why not have a super heavyweight division, starting at 226 pounds? Not a joke like Butterbean, but a real division, and get some
entertainment back in the heavyweight division?