Tuesday, 23rd April 2019

Retro Reviews: The Fighter

Posted on 05. Jul, 2018 by FSM Staff in Boxing, General Sports

Retro Reviews: The Fighter

Based on the life of boxing favorite “Irish” Mickey Ward, The Fighter fails to deliver the knockout blow which could have made it an instant classic with moviegoers this holiday season. Much like Ward’s professional career, The Fighter flirts with greatness but falls just a hair short when all is said and done.

The timeline and some of the events presented in this tale are inaccurate but nothing that is too atypical for a movie “based on a true story.” Overall, The Fighter gets the point across and the viewer leaves the theater with a good Cliff’s Notes version of the Mickey Ward story.

For a movie about a fast paced sport like boxing, this film trudges along at a snail’s pace. The fighting scenes are spectacularly exhilarating though they are few and far between and when they do pop up, they are short lived. The bulk of this film is a series of surreal interactions between Mickey Ward, his family, and of course the obligatory love interest.

This is definitely not the first boxing movie that is not about boxing. The original Rocky film did an excellent job of telling a love story using the darker side of the sport as a backdrop. The Fighter attempts to employ the same strategy but there is simply too much going on in the movie. Is this film about a dysfunctional family? A drug addict brother? A man who has lost the belief in himself? By trying to go in so many different directions, the movie spreads itself thin and ends up lacking in substance.

In terms of acting, there are a few strong performances, most notably Christian Bale as Dickie Ekland, the half-brother of Mickey Ward who is battling crack addiction. Melissa Leo (of Homicide: Life on the Street fame) also delivers as Ward’s mother who is both loveable and annoying to the viewer, often times simultaneously. And Mark Wahlberg is his typical, average, muscular self. He does well during the tough guy scenes and fails miserably when trying to invoke that sense of drama which really would have made this flick reach the next level.

Despite all the hype and Golden Globe nominations (it seems like the only prerequisite these days to get nominated is that a film is released in December), The Fighter is a movie you can wait to see in the comfort of your own home for a fraction of the price.

FreeSportsMagazine gives The Fighter a grade of B-

History Repeats Itself for Floyd Mayweather Jr.

Posted on 20. Jul, 2010 by FSM Staff in Boxing, General Sports

History Repeats Itself for Floyd Mayweather Jr.

Manny Pacquiao’s people recently gave Floyd Mayweather Jr. a deadline to agree to a mega fight. The deadline passed this past Saturday with nothing but the sound of crickets coming from the pretty boy’s camp. Fans of boxing are concluding that Mayweather is running scared, ducking the mighty Manny because he is afraid of losing for the first time in his professional career.

Boxing historians are viewing the situation in an entirely different light though. Perhaps Pretty Boy Floyd is being more strategic than most are giving him credit for. Perhaps in the back of Mayweather’s mind he knows the fight will happen eventually.

The question is not if Floyd Mayweather is ducking Manny Pacquiao, for few can doubt that he is going out of his way to avoid this mega fight with Pac-Man. The question is, why are fight fans surprised?

Fans of boxing have witnessed this behavior before, they just probably do not remember (or they were not born yet). Remember a little rivalry that involved Sugar Ray Leonard and Marvelous Marvin Hagler? Marvelous was on a path of destruction, knocking out opponents with regularity. Hagler and Leonard seemed destined to meet, much like Pacquiao and Mayweather. Then Sugar Ray started playing mind games and started ducking the Marvelous one. A few years passed and the idea of a mega fight slowly fizzled and died.

But Sugar Ray was simply biding his time.

Though still dominant, Marvelous Marvin Hagler was running out of steam. He continued to fight while Sugar Ray was in “retirement”. The instant that Sugar Ray thought Hagler was slipping was when he started talking about a comeback and a mega fight. The fight eventually happened in 1987 and Sugar Ray won a controversial decision. Most would agree that Marvin Hagler would have destroyed Sugar Ray Leonard had they fought three years earlier.

Floyd Mayweather seems to be taking a page out of Sugar Ray Leonard’s book. He is waiting for Manny Pacquiao to burn out and Pac-Man seems all too happy to oblige. Manny is keeping himself busy in the ring and with his fledgling political career. Pretty Boy Floyd is coming in and out of retirement to face washed up fighters way past their prime. Perhaps he is simply waiting for the moment when Manny falters so that serious negotiations for a mega fight between the two can finally begin.


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