It is never strange to see former world champions, actors and other celebrities at a mega fight like the one this past Saturday between Floyd Mayweather and Marcos Maidana. Looking around the press room after the fight, fans noticed a superstar in his sport, but rarely seen at a boxing match. The superstar was baseball great Frank Robinson. The only MVP in both the National League and the American League. One of only 3 triple crown winners in the past 48 years and a first ballot Hall of Famer. “I am not a real boxing fan, but I am a Mayweather fan. I said I would never come to another fight since I attended the Tyson vs. Holyfield fight when Tyson bit Holyfields ear off”, said Robinson. When told that Maidana bit Mayweather, Robinson joked, “Maybe it’s me”.
Robinson, the first Black manager in the major leagues and the Washington Nationals manager when the team moved from Montreal to DC. The only manager to have the team 25 games over .500, including this years first place team. “I still follow the Nationals every day. They have what it takes to win it all. They have pitching, hitting, power hitting and I like the way they play the game”, Robinson claims. Star shortstop, Ian Desmond wears Frank’s old number 20 as a tribute the great outfielder. “I really like what Desmond has turned into. When I first saw him, he was a raw player that fielded everything….he couldn’t hit though. He is a very nice guy and has turned into a great player and a clutch hitter”, recalls Robinson. Robinson, a great Baltimore Oriole, said, “We could have a park way world series”. Considering the Orioles are running away with their division, too.
Mayweather was told that Frank Robinson was in the room and asked how he has maintained his greatness, as Robinson did all those years. “I used to read every thing that was written about me. When I saw my picture on a magazine, I would read every word. Now, I don’t read anything about me, which allows me to focus on my opponent for each fight. I think all athletes need that focus to maintain greatness each time out.” If Mayweather sticks to his plan, he will fight again in May of 2015, opponent to be determined. Please subscribe.