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May 13, 1999 | SUSAN KING, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Historical dramas, a thriller and a drama starring two pop giants are among the movie offerings this weekend. The Disney Channel presents "The Thirteenth Year," a family fantasy in which a boy discovers that his mother was a mermaid, Saturday at 7 p.m. Jon Favreau of "Swingers" plays the famed undefeated heavyweight in Showtime's biopic "Rocky Marciano" Saturday at 8 p.m.
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April 21, 2014 | By Chuck Schilken
Bernard Hopkins wants to take on Floyd Mayweather Jr. But not just yet. First, the 49-year-old boxer wants to beat World Boxing Council light-heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson. And he also wants Mayweather (45-0) to get a few more fights under his belt as well. Hopkins has his reasons for wanting to delay what he feels would be an epic bout for just a bit. First of all, he wants to be the undisputed light-heavyweight champion of the world at the time, which would likely be the case if he beats Stevenson (that's assuming Stevenson successfully defends his World Boxing Council belt next month against Andrzej Fonfara)
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December 15, 2002 | Gordon Marino, Gordon Marino, a former professional boxer, is professor of philosophy and director of the Kierkegaard Library at St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minn.
Soren Kierkegaard wrote that the hero and poet exist in a symbiotic relationship. Without the hero, the poet does not have a job, but without the poet, the hero (pugilists included) slides into oblivion. Until the '80s, a Mt. Rushmore for heavyweights would have included Jack Dempsey, Joe Louis, Muhammad Ali and Rocky Marciano. But in the '90s, Marciano started slipping from our short long-term memory. Enter his poet, Russell Sullivan.
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September 7, 2011 | By Houston Mitchell
Notable athletes who have died in a plane crash: Oct. 18, 1925 -- Marvin Goodwin, Cincinnati Reds pitcher. Goodwin was one of the 17 pitchers allowed to continue throwing the spitball after it was outlawed in 1920. He died in Houston after crash-landing his plane in a training exercise with the Army Air Reserve. Believed to be the first pro athlete killed in a plane crash. May 4, 1949 -- 22 members of the Torino soccer club. The entire team was killed when its plane crashed into a mountain near Torino, Italy, near the end of league play in Serie A, which immediately canceled the rest of the season and declared Torino the champions.
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August 18, 1998 | JIM MURRAY
OK, bang the drum slowly, professor. Muffle the cymbals and the laugh track. You might say that Old Blue Eye is back. But that's as funny as this is going to get. I feel I owe my friends an explanation as to where I've been all these weeks. Believe me, I would rather have been in a press box. I lost an old friend the other day. He was blue-eyed, impish, he cried a lot with me, saw a great many things with me. I don't know why he left me. Boredom, perhaps.
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September 15, 1985 | From Associated Press
"He was a fighter, that's what he was," Archie Moore says of Rocky Marciano, the only heavyweight champion to retire unbeaten. "There was only one Rocky Marciano." But Moore feels he could have beaten "The Rock," and become the only light-heavyweight champion to move on to the heavyweight title, if Marciano had not gotten what Moore considered outside help the night of Sept. 21, 1955, at Yankee Stadium.
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May 10, 1992 | From Staff and Wire Reports
The daughter of boxing legend Rocky Marciano has been sentenced to 22 months in prison and two years of probation for delivery of cocaine and taking part in a robbery at a nightclub in Ft. Lauderdale. Mary Anne Marchegiano, 39, was charged with accessory after the fact to the robbery.
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June 8, 1985
The media should stop all of the slanted journalism concerning Rocky Marciano's supposed greatness. You (and others) have yet to discuss that Marciano fought the bulk of his title defenses against over-the-hill 40-year-old ex-greats like Ezzard Charles, Joe Walcott, Archie Moore, etc. Then you try to discredit Larry Holmes' accomplishments by belittling his opponents. Tell the whole story before comparing the great Holmes to the overrated and mediocre Marciano. Quit trying to preserve the white hope of the past.
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May 12, 1999 | LARRY STEWART
What: "Rocky Marciano" Where: Showtime, Saturday, 8 p.m. This movie is not to be confused with "Rocky," the Academy Award-winning movie with Sylvester Stallone that Showtime will show Saturday at 6 p.m., preceding "Rocky Marciano." Or "Raging Bull" with Robert DeNiro, which will be shown on Showtime at 12:30 a.m., after a real-life boxing show from Miami. But for what "Rocky Marciano" is--an original Showtime production--it's worth watching.
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May 14, 1999 | HOWARD ROSENBERG
Baseball, football, basketball and even golf (go figure) are far more popular. Yet stories about boxers and boxing--the most primal, most ferocious and arguably least heroic sport of all--have made the best movies. Somehow within this universe of seediness and brutality, amid the punch drunk and power drunk, opportunities arise for virtue to collide with greed and cynical opportunism. Even though the good guys don't necessarily win.
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February 7, 2004 | From Associated Press
Lennox Lewis is going out on top, and he insists he won't be back. He retired Friday after a professional career of more than 14 years, the first active heavyweight champion to quit in nearly 50 years. Lewis, 38, said that after months of deliberation he decided to leave the ring rather than defend his World Boxing Council title in a rematch against Vitali Klitschko. "It's a special day in my life," Lewis said at a news conference.
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December 15, 2002 | Gordon Marino, Gordon Marino, a former professional boxer, is professor of philosophy and director of the Kierkegaard Library at St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minn.
Soren Kierkegaard wrote that the hero and poet exist in a symbiotic relationship. Without the hero, the poet does not have a job, but without the poet, the hero (pugilists included) slides into oblivion. Until the '80s, a Mt. Rushmore for heavyweights would have included Jack Dempsey, Joe Louis, Muhammad Ali and Rocky Marciano. But in the '90s, Marciano started slipping from our short long-term memory. Enter his poet, Russell Sullivan.
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October 26, 1999 | EARL GUSTKEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
This is the anniversary of milestone victories for two heavyweight boxing champions: * In 1951, Rocky Marciano was a reluctant victor over Joe Louis, drawing the curtain on the popular former champion's career and launching his own drive to the title. * In 1970, Muhammad Ali, after 3 1/2 years of exile from boxing, came back with a rousing victory over California Irishman Jerry Quarry. In '51, Marciano, 27 and only 187 pounds, was a narrow favorite over Louis, 37 and 212 1/2.
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September 21, 1999 | EARL GUSTKEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For more than a century, boxing has been an activity in which unprincipled managers, con artists and promoters have reaped more rewards than exploited boxers. But for all its faults, boxing has one attraction no other sport has. In no other sport can courage be so clearly seen, often appearing so bright you can nearly reach out and be burned by it. And once in a generation or so, a special matchup provides a never-to-be-forgotten display of courage.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 14, 1999 | HOWARD ROSENBERG
Baseball, football, basketball and even golf (go figure) are far more popular. Yet stories about boxers and boxing--the most primal, most ferocious and arguably least heroic sport of all--have made the best movies. Somehow within this universe of seediness and brutality, amid the punch drunk and power drunk, opportunities arise for virtue to collide with greed and cynical opportunism. Even though the good guys don't necessarily win.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 13, 1999 | SUSAN KING, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Historical dramas, a thriller and a drama starring two pop giants are among the movie offerings this weekend. The Disney Channel presents "The Thirteenth Year," a family fantasy in which a boy discovers that his mother was a mermaid, Saturday at 7 p.m. Jon Favreau of "Swingers" plays the famed undefeated heavyweight in Showtime's biopic "Rocky Marciano" Saturday at 8 p.m.
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September 22, 1985 | JOHN ED BRADLEY, The Washington Post
Every now and then, Marvelous Marvin Hagler, the middleweight champ, asks his manager about Rocky Marciano. Driving down the back streets of town with no place in particular to go, Hagler says, "Tell me about Rocky, Pat." And Pat Petronelli, who knows Marciano's story from start to finish, says you would have liked the Rock, Marvin. You two were alike, a lot alike. He says: it is Brockton you love, and it was Brockton he loved. But Hagler wants to know, "What else, Pat?"
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April 27, 1999 | EARL GUSTKEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Even now his record is a beacon, summoning all those who followed him, in all sports, to match his perfection. Rocky Marciano, 49-0, announced his retirement 43 years ago today. He remains the only heavyweight champion to have retired undefeated. He was 32 that day, at a New York news conference, and said he was only 23 pounds over his fighting weight.
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May 12, 1999 | LARRY STEWART
What: "Rocky Marciano" Where: Showtime, Saturday, 8 p.m. This movie is not to be confused with "Rocky," the Academy Award-winning movie with Sylvester Stallone that Showtime will show Saturday at 6 p.m., preceding "Rocky Marciano." Or "Raging Bull" with Robert DeNiro, which will be shown on Showtime at 12:30 a.m., after a real-life boxing show from Miami. But for what "Rocky Marciano" is--an original Showtime production--it's worth watching.
SPORTS
April 27, 1999 | EARL GUSTKEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Even now his record is a beacon, summoning all those who followed him, in all sports, to match his perfection. Rocky Marciano, 49-0, announced his retirement 43 years ago today. He remains the only heavyweight champion to have retired undefeated. He was 32 that day, at a New York news conference, and said he was only 23 pounds over his fighting weight.
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