Originally Posted by Mr. Bungle
I have heard people speak negatively of fighters who they feel don’t retire “when they should” but when is that? If I’m a fighter with a true passion for the sport and a drive to compete I’m not going out until my competition can put me out…and when do you decide that? After one loss? Two? Three? Only a fighter knows when it’s his/her time to hang up the gloves...us spectators might view it as sad or a shame that they keep fighting after their prime but we should remember that this is also their job. This is what puts food on their families table and if they want to keep going I say go ahead if there is interest in their fights.
Don’t you also think it’s incredibly noble and shows great sportsmanship and class for a fighter nearing the end of his career to give the up and comer a shot at a legend? Do you really respect a fighter who goes out on top? I used to be a huge boxing fan and I know how most of us feel about Lennox Lewis retiring in his prime without giving deserving fighters a chance. Most think he’s a coward punkassmotherfcuker…he’ll never go down in history with the great champions like Ali, Frazer, Foreman, Leonard etc.
I have nothing but respect for the guys who have to be dragged out of the sport kicking and screaming.
hum, bring food on the table? we arent in 1993 anymore, legends and champions get paid enough to fight only once or twice a year, and thats without counting endorsements. GSP was already close to a millionaire before his rematch with hughes, and thats from his agent.
Dont get the money argument in to justify them continuing to fight. Its not their job anymore after such a long carreer, its something they like to do. For the examples i mentionned(Royce and Ken), Royce is living well off his seminars only, he didnt need to money, he just wanted it, theres a big difference. As for Ken, i personally think hes just plain too stupid to realise hes done. He didnt need the money, hes had a long carreer already, and his latest paychecks werent that huge either.
Of course no1 can predict the "right" time to end ur career, but any1 knows when its "about" the right time. U bring up Lennox Lewis... how old was that guy when he retired? Not to mention how long and how great he was a champ if u compare to Ali, Foreman etc. Of course hes never going to be with them, but its not only cuz he retired "early".
Chuck doesnt need money, his Xcience commercials is already enough. If he keeps fights, its because he still wants to be the best and he still enjoys doing so.