Jim Brown (L) and Muhammad Ali talk on a movie set (AP file photo)Sports Illustrated's Chris Mannix wrote a wonderful profile of Top Rank chairman Bob Arum, who will turn 81 on Saturday. That's the same day that Arum promotes the fourth fight between Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez, one that is expected to generate at least 1 million pay-per-view sales.
Mannix's rollicking piece is filled with anecdotes from Arum's 46 years as one of boxing's leading promoters.
Brown is one of the greatest players in NFL history and is regarded by many as the finest athlete of the 20th century. In addition to being a dominant NFL player, Brown is also arguably the best lacrosse player who ever lived.
He also had a legendary reputation for his toughness. Given that Brown had introduced Arum to Ali, it was hard for Arum to say no without at least checking. Brown figured it was a slam dunk massive payday.
Brown had retired from theRead More »from NFL great Jim Brown quickly gave up idea of fight with Muhammad Ali