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Sunday, May 07, 2006

How the real men do it

From CNN/SI:

The fighters didn't touch gloves beforehand, but the beaten Mayorga was humble.

"You are a great champion," Mayorga said to De La Hoya. "You are a great fighter. I apologize for everything I said to you."

"I forgive you," De La Hoya replied.

Don't be afraid to speak your piece as long as you are prepared to back it up. And in the event you are proven completely wrong, have the grace to admit it and apologize.

I liked the Golden Boy when he was an undefeated and cocky fighting machine. I think I like him even better now, as a champion who has been tested, beaten and forced to prove himself again. Grace in victory as well as defeat is to be admired.

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