and me: Six degrees of separation
Jan. 29, 6:54 a.m.
All of the Floyd “Money” Mayweather and Manny “Pacman”
talk that floods the major media networks, from ESPN to your
local news affiliates, has me thinking about my own professional
After epic talks
failed to set up the megafight between the two kingpins, Pacman and
his promoter, Bob Arum, settled for Joshua Clottey, a bout scheduled
March 13 at none other than Cowboys Stadium in Dallas(home of my
favorite NFL team of all time -- I bleed blue).
got me to thinking. My friends all know I'm a boxer, but for some
reason it just doesn’t ever click with them that I am a
professional boxer -- the same as Mayweather, Pacman, even
Tyson. My friends figure that since they always see those guys in
the media, and all over TV, they must be something different than
me. Well, besides the millions of dollars they all have, I am
licensed and registered as a professional boxer just like they are.
I am a professional athlete -- just not an elite one, lol.
So, I was looking
over my boxing record, sigh, and I actually fought a guy who fought
Josh Clottey. I fought Shamone Alvarez at the famed Madison Square
Garden. He fought and lost a very close 12-round decision to Clottey.
This may not be a big thing to anybody else, but it is the closest I
can I came to sharing the ring with a great legend like Pacquiao. It
may be farfetched and reaching, but, for me, it is fun to think
about. How many can say they came that close?
Now, a message for
Bob Arum: Make Pacquiao take that drug test and fight Mayweather.
Please make this fight for the boxing world and the general public.
Right now, as it stands, De la Hoya vs. Mayweather was the highest
grossing fight to date. Pacquiao is a blockbuster Pay-Per-View
attration and the recognized pound-for-pound king. Mayweather held
that title before he retired and was only stripped because he
retired -- not because another man beat him. So, in my opinion he is
still “The Man” to beat. Settle all the bullcrap talk and put them
together in that squared circle. Give boxing fans a reason to get
Previous blogs by Travis Hartman
'Better to try and fail than never try
'At fight time, you're on your own'
'Pull a Buster Douglas on them'
Training (but, regrettably, not
partying) with Arturo
Ready to do battle for the
Love what you do, and do what you love
Living a dream in a rough, tough business
Another step, and a big fight in my
This fight's not over -- and it's no longer
A dream gig is suspended
by the incompetence & arrogance
Never be afraid to dream
Raging in York & dreaming of
Why I'm facing an unbeaten
foe on short notice (again!)
Advice from a legend spurs
this boxer on
The truth about the boxing game: 'Boxers don't play'
Early mornings, freezing
weather, miles of roadwork ...
After a superb amateur
career, the fighter evaluates why his pro experience has been so very different
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