Continuing the thread of a previous post, December's essay for the Norman Einsteins takes a look at the dymanics between a boxer and his/her corner during a fight.
Something notable from the Manny Pacquiao victory over Miguel Cotto was how Cotto's trainer, Joe Santiago, was raked over the coals from insiders, fans and media for his lack of strategy during the fight.
An analyst on ESPNews (whose name, sadly, I cannot recall) said that fans tend to believe that once a pugilist gets in the ring, everything said by his/her corner is rendered useless. As a former boxer, he said that the corner is just as important on fight night as those members are during training camp.
I reached out to Ashley "Treasure" Theophane, a rising young welterweight out of London, to give me some insight on the dialogue that goes on between figther and trainer. Boxers of all ilks pay attention to each other's movements, especially those who straddle the same weight class.
Just as the last essay for the NE, the deleted scenes will be posted tomorrow in hopes of giving you greater context of our interview. In the meanwhile, not only do I encourage you to read my previous submissions, but observe the rest of the excellent work.
Say What?!?!: Apparently, what will become the biggest fight in boxing history has a date. Venue TBD, but it seems as if Top Rank (Pacquiao) and Golden Boy Promotions (Floyd Mayweather, Jr. via Mayweather Promotions) are really considering leaving Las Vegas for either the Lousiana Superdome or Cowboys Stadium. More on this later.