Manny Pacquiao started his pro career here.
The trailer for “The Fighter” was released today and the Los Angeles Times has already started with the Oscar buzz. The movie, about “Irish” Mickey Ward, comes out in December and stars Mark Wahlberg (Ward) and Christian Bale. Both guys have spent time at Freddie Roach’s Wild Card in Hollywood. (Same place Pacquiao trains when he is in the United States.)
Football practice: a photograph from Ansel Adams’s images from the Japanese-American internment camp at Manzanar. Source: The Library of Congress.
My latest article in The Atlantic: “How Boxing Became a Niche Sport.”
Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s racist rant against pound-for-pound champion Manny Pacquiao was caught on tape and became another strange and disturbing chapter in the non-fight of the century. Mayweather eventually apologized saying he was just “having fun.” As Pacquiao said, “I don’t need him, he needs me. Compare my achievements in boxing to his achievements.” As for the video, Pacquiao took his typically classy approach to the video, in which Mayweather called him a “Filipino midget” and a “yellow chump.” Said Pacquiao: “Because of his attack on my dignity and by exposing his ignorance, people have given more notice to my fight.” Pacquiao will be fighting Antonio Margarito on November 13.
The (Champaign, Illinois) News-Gazette asked me to write a small article on Red Grange’s extraordinary performance against Michigan in 1924. (The piece ran in Sunday’s paper and can be found on-line, too.) The game helped change the course of American sports history. And in other Galloping Ghost news: Larger Than Life: The Red Grange Story, a documentary about Grange, has received an Emmy nomination. It was fun to be a part of it. (The photo of Grange’s uniform was taken at the Wheaton College Archives & Special Collections. Wheaton was an essential and valuable resource in the writing of my book, The Galloping Ghost.)