Boxers need forgiveness

By Boxing News - 07/22/2013 - Comments

By Robert “Big Moe” Elmore: One day I sat down and you tubed several boxing documentaries. Each one that I watched from Sugar Ray Leonard to Floyd Mayweather, each of these men had some sort of past that was not squeaky clean.

I saw fighters womanizing, abusing their wives and sometimes their children, fling money around like it grew on trees, have crowds of people at all times, and spitting on opponents before fights and the list goes on. Immediately; I rushed to my sword (keyboard) to type something that would probably hurt the credibility of these fighters or would be down right out disrespectful. I couldn’t do it. I took a good hard look at myself and the Heavenly Father showed me areas in my life that need straightening. I even went and looked at some of my old work and the “true” motives for writing them. Some of them I wish I never wrote because of my motives for writing them.

It’s easy to let emotions get the best of you especially when you are trying to come to the “aid” of your favorite fighter. I make no bones about it. Floyd Mayweather is one of my favorite fighters. It bothers me a little when I read people attack his personal life because they can’t find flaws in his boxing skills. There are things that Floyd does that I do not agree with, but who am I to pass judgment on him? What I found myself doing was cover up the fact that I don’t agree with some of the things Floyd does in his personal life, but going wanting to go after others personal lives. I never wrote an article of such though. It never made past my thoughts. What purpose would it serve me to attack someone’s personal life?

But I asked myself; why don’t I feel the same way about other boxers when they are attacked? I admit when I saw, The Bright Lights and Dark Shadows of a Champion: Ray Robinson, Roberto Duran’s, Evander Holyfield Oscar De La Hoya’s Beyond the Glory, and Evander Holyfield’s Sportscentury; I found myself watching with great judgment (70%) and interest (30%) in my heart. There were things that blew my mind that I saw about their personal lives. I found myself looking more at the “dirt” in their lives rather seeing the overall person.

However, when I took to the keyboard to destroy these men, I couldn’t do it. I realized that these men need forgiveness and mercy just like we do. I’m pretty sure that if search our favorite fighters lives, there is some good in them. We are never going to get the perfect fighter. No fighter has come into the game with the perfect record. Even the ones that the media tries to present as “flawless” it will never work. If there is one perfect fighter, from past to present, name them. I’ll wait patiently.

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