Talk the Talk
Walk the Walk
~ Don King ~
The Reign of Don King
Trouble with the Law
The King Meets the Greatest
The King of Corruption
Let me write it down for you. Muhammad Ali is a multimillionaire. Larry Holmes a multimillionaire. Mike Tyson he sleeps on a bed of money. HBO I made you mother***ers a fortune. Oh I could go on and on. You love my black ass! You know why? Because I'm exciting. You ain't making no movie on Bob Arum, are you? It's entertainment, baby! That's all. Heroes and villains, angels and devils, sh*t if you didn't have Don King you would have to invent him. And for all of you out there saying this and that, remember this: many fighters step into the ring, but only one is still King.
Through the 1980s and 1990s, Don King was an ever-present part of the sport and seemed to promote or manage any boxer of any note. His fame and notoriety eclipsed that of his fighters, at least until Mike Tyson burst onto the boxing scene.
He has had many detractors over the years who feel he has had a negative influence on
His questionable tactics, legal problems and the level of control he has been able to obtain over the boxing scene has reinforced the idea of boxing being a corrupt sport however, it is undeniable that it has not been all bad.
Not only did he increase the purses for the fighters right from the start of his career as a promoter, but he brought a level of showmanship to the sport never before seen in boxing history that has helped to dramatically increase interest from spectators and participants alike, therefore having a positive influence on the economics of the boxing world.
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