Originally Posted by Bill1234
when he was the benefactor of close, questionable, decisions like the Norton fight that's fine with Holmes,when he loses one like the Spinks fight he says he was robbed.But probably the Marciano remark did it for me.Joe Louis never said Dempsey couldn't carry his jockstrap,Hank Aaron never said that of Ruth.It is just the arrogant attitude of athletes like Holmes,Barry Bonds,Pete Rose that grate against me.
He only said the Marciano comment because of Marciano's family (mainly Peter), and the press egging him on. Think about it, if you just got your first defeat, lost the title, and almost everyone was egging you on, even after the fight in the ring you were very modest. He took everyone's crap for years as the heavyweight champion. He was mainly trying to be excepted (an impossible feat in Ali's shaddow). Once you get to know how Larry is in person, he's just a fun loving, funny, guy. He loves to joke around and all. He has a temper though, and the press always like to set it off, and Larry almost always gave a good reaction. Larry appologized countless times for the Marciano comment, and has Marciano's picture on the wall of his gym among the elite (the ones in special frames) with Dempsey, Ali, Frazier, Foreman, Sullivan, Corbett, Tunney, Walcott, Johnson, and many more.