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Old 11-13-2012, 02:46 AM   #14
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Default Re: Sonny Liston 'I Will Manage Floyd Patterson as Light-Heavyweight'

Originally Posted by Lord Tywin View Post
That being said its laughable that the illiterate, non too bright Liston would have been able to manage or promote anyone much less Patterson successfully. He was a fighter, not a business man.

Its one thing to throw out names of people you would match Floyd with. Its another to navigate the mine field of contract negotiations, matchmaking, and every other facet that would being Floyd's manager/promoter would entail. Liston for all his natural fighting ability was simply not up to the task.
Liston was rated as highly intelligent by people who knew him well.
He had his flaws, and simply hadn't the schooling to read and write well, but was apparently a very shrewd and clever man.

Some of the greatest promoters and managers have been of similar background.
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