The welterweight and middleweight who may have never received the accolades as one of the best, passed away Tuesday at the age of 75 in New York City. The Big Apple was home, where many could still see Emile Griffith greeting fans at ringside or at other events.
Griffith kept to himself, always signed an autograph, but that third fight for the welterweight title against Benny “Kid” Paret that will be his legacy, all because he was called a name that did not sit well with him.
That has been the story over the years, as Paret would take a pounding in the ring, later fell into a coma and lost his life. Griffith would later comes to terms at the outcome and sought closure by meeting the son of Paret to offer his apologies, all that was documented on an HBO film.
Unfortunate that Griffith will be remembered for that fight, or that he lived a double-life as a gay man which he would later admit to years later. He was old school and had a heart of gold.
What many did not know, Griffith played a role with charitable organizations and put plenty of volunteer time in the boxing gym helping aspiring fighters. And he never asked for anything in return, just the respect to be recognized as one of the best who put the gloves on and gave the fans a show.
Rest in Peace champ.
Golden Boy has the edge over Top Rank but how long?
New York: The new Fox Sorts 1 Network and Golden Boy Promotions announced a Monday night series of network boxing that begins August 17th. Top Rank and Bob Arum still have Manny Pacquiao, oh and Miguel Cotto is once again working with Arum. Yes, this is the latest boxing scenario that took place Tuesday. Bernard Hopkins, holder of the IBF light heavyweight title held court at a Planet Hollywood press conference in New York City to announce the Fox and Golden Boy deal. He has a future with the company, speaking more lately than Oscar De La Hoya and CEO Richard Schaefer.
Apparently, Schaefer and De La Hoya are busy working behind the scenes to do everything they can in attempts to overtake Arum and Top Rank as the major boxing company in the industry. That appears to be the plan, but here comes Cotto, who is back with Arum. A Cotto co-promotion with Top Rank was also announced Monday. Two-time title challenger Delvin Rodriguez and Cotto will fight 12-round super welterweight bout at the Amway Center in Orlando Florida.
Yes, it is getting interesting, though Cotto on his last legs does not have a future with Golden Boy and Showtime after just two appearances. In all honesty, Cotto was content doing business with his longtime friend, that being Arum. From all accounts, Cotto believed doing business with Arum was the proper thing to do. With a bulk of Floyd Mayweather Jr. money tied in with Showtime and Golden Boy, and with Cotto learning more about the promotional business, what better way to wind down his career than reunite with Arum?
It made logical sense for Cotto to continue where he began, and that was with Arum where he made millions for himself and Arum out of pay-per-view revenue. Cotto, also wants to conclude his career at Madison Square Garden in New York, a venue he has sold more than 100,000 tickets. In addition, it has been learned that Arum has been targeting the New York market again with an urgent attempt at booking the Garden in the late fall or early winter, this to establish Top Rank as the main promoter of fights at the “Mecca” of boxing.
So don’t rule out Cotto and one final fight at the Garden, also keeping in mind that Cotto has expressed a willingness to help Arum revive his company in New York. Of course, the promotional war continues here because Golden Boy has some sort of deal at the new Barclays Center in the borough of Brooklyn. Cotto is smart, so is Arum. Both have been around. They can sell out the Garden, as Schaefer continues to tout that Barclays continues to do well for them.
Golden Boy has been gearing more to making the venue a Brooklyn showcase, as most of the undercard fighters in the first year of their deal are Brooklyn born and bred. That includes the recent title fight of Brooklyn’s own Paulie Malignaggi and his exploits with the champion Adrien Broner as well as fellow Brooklynite Zab Judah in his title fight against Danny Garcia not long ago.
Yes, this is getting more interesting. And Arum, as much as Schaefer calls him, “A disrespectful old man” may not have the fighters now, but he still has HBO willing to televise their events and show Arum support. And, Cotto once again is doing business with Arum. Golden Boy is doing now with their Fox Network deal and first show at the best Buy Theatre in midtown. Arum still has the Garden, and everyone knows that’s where boxing champions have been made…
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