In the realm of fistic oration there are boxers and trainers that stand head and shoulders above the rest of the pack—from the overly loquacious, the inherent liars and the braggadocios to the outright excuse makers.
One thing the aforementioned have in common is that they more or less love to hear the sound of their own voices, which per se isn’t necessarily a bad thing.
It does, however, become a tad bit laborious and sometimes all we want is a smidgen of peace and quiet, in essence we would rather they shut the hell up.
Here’s a look at some of boxing's affiliates who just need to shut up.
Freddie Roach is the boxing trainer of WBO welterweight champion and pound-for-pound great Manny Pacquiao as well as former world titlist Amir Khan.
WBC middleweight champion Julio César Chávez, Jr and light welterweight prospect José Benavidez also represent the Roach camp.
Roach is a world class trainer and that can never be disputed, though what can, is his vocality with regards to game plans.
He had a game plan for Pacquiao to methodically upend Juan Manuel Márquez—that failed to come to fruition.
His game plan against Lamont Peterson obviously failed as Khan lost his titles (controversial decision notwithstanding).
Still, Roach seems to have the perfect game plan to unseat Floyd “Money” Mayweather and end his 0.
“I will bring in a whole new crew of sparring partners, guys that can imitate Floyd well. There isn't a lot of guys in the world that are like Floyd, so it would be tough to find them,” Roach said. “We would prepare for his counter punching ability, and his speed, which is maybe equal to Manny's, if not better.”
“I like challenges, and this would be the biggest challenge I've faced as a trainer. I will come up with a game plan to beat this guy. I hope the fight happens soon.” Roach said.
In future a good suggest would be to keep his game plans to himself, and at present, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to put a sock in it as well.
The father of WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather has got a sewer for a mouth and isn’t one to hold his tongue no matter what the case might be.
Even a shot to his leg by “Money’s” maternal uncle failed to do the job (shut him up that is).
Be that as it may, Floyd Mayweather Sr. has had spats with most people associated with boxing—from Freddie Roach, Oscar De La Hoya and even his own son Money May.
"Gatti should be in the Hall of Fame for getting his ass tore up. Getting got the **** whooped out of him, that's what he should be in the Hall of Fame for. He don't have no business being in there for nothing damn else. He should be ashamed to show his damn face. Everybody whooped this mother****er half to death.” […]
"He thanks everyone but his daddy. He thanks Leonard Ellerbe, a homosexual, I know he's a homosexual and everyone else knows it. You can print that because I said it, I can tell you nothing else but how gay he is." Floyd Sr. said.
A muzzle is absolutely required for this loud mouth.
If there was ever a case of a “birds of the same feather flock together” syndrome, then that case should be made for Robert Garcia and his charge Antonio Margarito.
The former IBF super featherweight champion and trainer of the latter is adamant that Margarito isn’t culpable for the Plaster of Paris incident.
To some degree that’s fair enough, as he wasn’t his trainer at the time.
Nevertheless, to blatantly deny that Margarito’s and Brandon Rios’ YouTube clip which apparently showed said fighters mocking Freddie Roach in regards to his Parkinson’s disease is another thing altogether.
"We already talked about it and this has nothing to do with the disease Freddie Roach has," Garcia said. "I would never allow that in my gym. This is something personal between Team Pacquiao and Team Margarito." Garcia said.
Garcia is requested to shut up.
Bernard “The Executioner” Hopkins, at age 46, became the oldest pugilist champion when he relieved Jean Pascal of the WBC light heavyweight title on May 21, 2011.
In a sport where trash talking can sometimes be the norm, “B-Hop” stands alone on the precipice as the oldest trashing talking ex-con in boxing today.
Yes, B-Hop served almost five years at Graterford penitentiary after being convicted on nine felony counts.
The problem with his being an ex-con is that he tends to bring it up at almost every pre-fight junket.
It’s as if to say “I’ve been to prison, so therefore you better be afraid of me or you’d better watch your back.”
Once or twice OK, but to continuously deluge the public with his prison exploits it’s enough to say “Hey B-Hop! For God’s sake close your trap.
The former WBC welterweight has been crying over spilt milk ever since Floyd Mayweather landed a left-right salvo to relieve him of said title back in September of 2011.
His gripe after the fight was that he felt that Mayweather had unfairly knocked him out.
This coming from the same guy who flagrantly head butted the aforementioned before proceeding to play happy families via incessant hugging.
He was lucky he wasn’t disqualified, yet he wants a rematch, the temerity of the guy.
Seriously, Ortiz needs to keep it shut.
The saga of the “Plaster of Paris” hand wrap will forever stay with Antonio Margarito—like a monkey on his back.
Back in 2008, Margarito snatched the WBA welterweight title from Miguel Cotto’s grasp in brutal fashion (Cotto returned the favor in similar fashion).
Six months later prior to his bout with Shane Mosley Margarito was caught red handed with the illegal hand wrap.
Needless to say, he went on to his lose the title to Mosley via ninth round TKO.
That said, ever since the media and especially Cotto got wind of the Plaster of Paris wraps, he’s been labeled a cheat.
And for as long as he steps foot into the squared ring and beyond, the term cheat will be synonymous to a millstone hung around his neck.
Still, there’s room for absolution, but that can only be achieved through confession or penance, none of which Margarito has yet to offer.
So far, all he’s done has been to refute the accusations every step of the way.
If Margarito isn’t willing to acknowledge his guilt then a word to the wise is sufficient (assuming his is judicious): Shush.
“Make hay while the sun shines” is what David “The Hayemaker” Haye has been doing ever since he returned from the Sydney Olympics with a silver medal in tow.
The former WBA world heavyweight champion’s record speaks for itself—25-2, with 23 coming by way of knockout, so yes the Haymaker can definitely back up what he says.
Until…he threw leather with Wladimir Klitschko in a unification bout, well, he strove to, but for some reason kept hitting the deck voluntarily.
Prior to his fight with Klitschko, he harangued the Ukrainian boxing champ at every given opportunity—Haye went on and on and on about how he was going to do this and he was going to that and…pause for breath.
He didn’t do diddly squat, what he did do though, was implode live on pay-per-view television.
At present, his supposed retirement plans have been put on hold as he intends to vie for Vitali’s WBC title.
If the fight ever comes to fruition, then this time around, a good dose of muteness would be just what the doctor ordered.
The 25-year-old former WBA super and IBF light welterweight champion has come on leaps and bounds since his 54 second decimation at the hands of brawling Breidis Prescott back in September of 2008.
In a nutshell, Amir “King” Khan has exceeded even his own expectations.
The problem is he now thinks he’s the finished article, and has taken to calling out Floyd Mayweather whilst alluding to his stable mate Manny Pacquiao that he should think of retiring following his dismal display against Juan Manuel Marquez in their trilogy battle back in November of 2011.
Now if that’s not the height of liberty talking, I don’t know what is?
Still, the best advice anyone could give the young Bolton prize fighter is to zip it shut for now.
Fortunately, Lamont Peterson had first refusal and he didn’t disappoint—capturing Khan’s titles via split decision in the process.
Audley “A Force” Harrison burst on to the British boxing scene after capturing Olympic gold at the 2000 Sydney games in Australia.
And that’s where his triumphant story would grind to a halt.
Here are a couple of his quotes that need to be seen to be believed.
“There is no more grooming to become Heavyweight Champion, my time is now and I'm ready to take over the heavyweight division.”
“I’m the future champion of the world. I think the Americans want to see me in a test but what they don't realize is, when I get in there with these guys that people want to see me fight, I'm going to deal with them as I have my first 19 opponents. Hopefully that will satisfy them, and if it doesn't I'll have the belts around my waist to satisfy them. My mission will not be finished until I have the belts wrapped around my waist. I'm here to stay!” Harrison said.
If there was ever a boxer who talked the talk and failed to walk the walk, then “A Farce” (just one of several deserved monikers attached to his name) is your man.
“Fraudley” talked a really good game—when I say he was boxing's greatest underachiever, I kid you not.
“Audinary” got sent to sleep by Michael Sprott, lost a unanimous decision to a former cab (taxi) driver in the mould of Irish heavyweight Martin Rogan and was decimated in his last fight by David Haye.
Still, Harrison harbours hopes of one day lifting aloft boxing's greatest prize, and thus will verbalize it to whomsoever lends him their ear.
You have to give him kudos for believing in himself, but he’s a dreamer and unlike President Barack Obama—no he can’t, so he really needs to do us all a favor and shut the **** up.
Roy Jones Jr aka “Superman”, “RJ” and “Captain Hook” has done it all—a four-division world champion who has his placed firmly cemented in boxings Hall of Fame.
At the height of his powers, the height of his fame and glory and at a time when his skill set was nonpareil, he reigned supreme over the mere mortals that boxing had to offer.
Fast forward to May 15, 2004 and the enigma and myth that was Jones Jr. imploded before our actual eyes.
The TKO loss he suffered at the hands of Antonio “Magic Man” Tarver orchestrated his fall from grace.
That first stoppage defeat, and at the time only his second loss to date would culminate in a downward spiral—from fistic immortality to mere mortal punching bag.
A sad sight if there ever was one.
Since his first fight with Magic Man which he won via majority decision (a fight no less that some ringside observers had Tarver winning) his record reads an embarrassing 6-7.
With four of those losses coming by way of comatose-esque knockouts—Magic Man, Glen “The Road Warrior” Johnson, Danny “The Green Machine” Green (who the hell is he? Just kidding) and Denis “The White Swan” Lebedev.
Still, Jones continues to soldier on, still he believes he’s got what it takes to hang with boxings elite.
The truth be told, Jones (55-8-1) can’t even hang with the low to mid-tier fighters anymore let alone the upper-echelon fighters.
Nevertheless, he can still talk up a good fight, but anyone who knows their boxing knows for a fact that Jones for some time now has evolved into nothing more than a journeyman—a gatekeeper for the next batch of would be champions.
In his latest fight, he took home a unanimous points victory against a cipher fighter in the mould of Max Alexander (14-16-1).
And what did he have to say after the win?
“I’m feeling wonderful. I want a cruiserweight title, the world title,” said Jones, who weighed in at 189 pounds. “This is just a start. I’m not through yet.”
For the sake of his health, for the sake of the integrity of boxing and his fans, Roy Jones Jr is required to shut the **** up.