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Page 16 BOSTON POST-GAZETTE; SEPTEMBER 30, 2011 00---00ORNER TRLK Jr Fighters Fight with Emotions, as Usually Displayed. A+ for Cape Verdean Assassin Demetrius Andrade. Floyd Mayweather Wins "World WBC Welterweight Title" Kayos Legitimate Tough Victor Ortiz in Four. Who's Next? "Speed is Power!" Ask Albert Einstein. "1 Felt Bad when I Had No Shoes Till I Saw Someone with No Feet." The School Bell Rang. respect all fighters. They "Ding[" for the 10 th annual have courage to compete in Fight to Educate benefiting one of the most ultimate the SEE Science Center, the competitive experiences on Bobby Stephens Fund for the good planet Earth. Legiti- Education and St. Joseph's mate "Fighting!" Mr. Larry Community Services Meals Merchant is a classy gentle- on Wheels. In this corner, man. Mr. Floyd Mayweather victorious in the main is a great fighter. As refer- event, Cape Verdean Assas- ees stress before a fight: sin, Demetrius Andrade at "Protect yourself at all 15-0, 10 KO's, rated 14 th by times!" "Ding!" the WBC and 15  by the WBO All fight family members and 2008 Olympian who remember the saying, "I felt represented the USA. He bad when I had no shoes till stopped seasoned veteran, I saw someone with no 33-19-2, 31 KO Saul "Baby" feet." Appreciate what you Duran. Duran was unable to do have and what you have answer the bell for the fourth Floyd Mayweather accomplished. Cherish and round after being dominated (AP photo by admire what you can do. and dropped in the second Luis M. Alvarez) Condition yourself to not deal and third round by Andrade. hand speed and talent. Look with foolishness as most Danny O'Connor 15-1, 4 KO's at the positive qualities of fighters do. Fighters fight a 2008 Olympic team mem- Fight Family members, opponents in the ring for ber from Fram-ingham, Floyd Mayweather had to be real. "One on One!" You get stopped Jamal Del Cid 7-6 i in an ecstatic frame of mind knocked down, you get up n the first. In the corner during and after this fight, again. In 1970, '71, '72 and of DannY O'Connor was He defeated a legitimate '73, I won the Golden Glove trainer Ronnie Shields. opponent in rough tough Championship of the New Jose Medina 15-9-1, 7 KO's World Champion Victor Bedford, Fall River area. I stopped Anibel Acevedo Ortiz. The possibilities that played football and repre- 13-8-1, 11 KO's after two now could occur for winning sented Fall River in 1969 at rounds. Featherweight Dan this fight? I see it like this. B.C.C. That was the only Powers 4-0, 2 KO's defeated It's like buying a multi- year they had a football Luis Rosario in a four million dollar lottery ticket, team. The other day, some- rounder by decision. Chris then listening to the num- one said to me in New Gilbert 2-0, 2 KO's stopped bers being called. You real- Bedford that they thought Noel Garcia in one, via right ize you have a chance to win the disfigurement on my uppercut, millions of dollars. The last face was from fighting. I Floyd Mayweather solidi- number is being called. You kindly replied that no, it was fled the theory: E equals MC have all five first numbers, from an automobile accident squared. Floyd Mayweather You wait anxiously for that when I was 8 years old in kayoed Victor Ortiz using last number to be called. 1958. It took a heavy 1950s the factors of that equation Your last number is 44. The vehicle to do that to me. in the 4 u round. Before the announcer starts saying Before there was a law to not fight I said to an individual, Fourt ...... You then real- pass stopped school buses. I "Look for Mayweather to ize the possibilities. Your walked across Route 28 to kayo Victor Ortiz." They said adrenaline gets pumped and catch a school bus. An indi- that Mayweather wouldn't overpowers you. Ouch! What vidual whose defense was kayo Ortiz. I guess i was state of mind would you be they were late for court sped wrong again. "Ding!" Floyd in? &@$$! "Ding ding!" "Yow by a stopped school bus Mayweather is an exception- Adrian!" I could see him while I crossed Route 28 and ally talented fighter. That's almost falling over. Seeing hit me. I was rushed to the reality of their equation, an opening on opponent a hospital by ambulance, I do not see many fighters Victor Ortiz must have been given my last rites. I don't defeating Floyd. A fine gath- exciting to him. No excuses, remember. I was first taken ering of individuals gathered I guess he was just psyched to Tobey Hospital, then and spoke after this fight. I out, The gate for his Mega- Boston Children's Hospital, love the fight crowd. An- Buck fight with Manny and Mass Eye and Ear in nouncer Larry Merchant Paquiao now closer. They do Boston, some of the best does a great job as M.C. Floyd have different eqatios;l hospitals in the world. I Mayweather is a great fighters ai'e great. Some just also spent long periods of fighter with phenomenal better than the other. I time at St. Lukes in New Bedford and St. Anne's in Fall River. Through the years 1958-1965, for long periods of my life I was in Former Undisputed Welterweight Champion hospitals. Not through box- Tony DeMaro ing did I receive my dis- will be signing his newly released figurement. "Ding!" I appre- autobiography on ciate my talent and being SaSsy, October 8, 2011 Champion of the New 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m, Bedford Fall River area. in front of Thank you for that opportu- Hanover Liquors nity. Recently I had the (Hanover St. & Tony DeMarco Way, Boston) pleasure to speak with two top world rated fighters, both world title contenders in Paul Cardoza and Iron Mike Pusateri. They are two extremely intelligent gentlemen. Guess what we talked about? Boxing, world problems, boxing, the state Signed copies also available at: of the economy and boxing. ,-re chp" Post-Gazette, 5 Prince St., Boston, MA George Benton: great ToyD=o Del Gaudio's, 17 North Square, Boston/Paul Revere House fighter, great trainer and Green Cross Pharmacy, 393 HanoverSt., Boston, MA great person. R.I.P. All fight family prayers are with you. It resembled the first day back at school, it did, although those in attendance had long since passed through that phase of life where they sat at a classroom desk. Now many of those assembled stand behind benches and lead college hockey teams. And it was the annual Hockey East Media Day on September 27 that brought them to the TD Gar- den for the opening event of the 2011-2012 season. They were the men's head coaches in the conference, all smiles and ready to com- mence the upcoming season. Some had come from nearby institutions. Others had trav- elled a medium distance while two had journeyed over 200 miles one way (from the University of Vermont and the University of Maine) to be on hand for this annual ritual of reunion and renewal. Outside summer had gone into overtime on the fifth day of fall with temperatures in the 80s. But inside the premises of the Legends Club the talk was of saves and shots and goals as thoughts of winter evenings reigned supreme. It was a day when hope springs eternal -- when no losses are recorded and only positive statements about the contests to be played over the course of the upcoming months could be heard. For the first 45 minutes or so, interviews with media representatives were the order of the day as individual coaches once again inter- acted with members of the Fourth Estate after a summer of leisure. The talk was of expectations, challenges, strengths and weaknesses as each mentor attempted to assess what the season will present to his unique group of players. Hockey East is blessed with talent on a number of levels. A number of teams are of na- tional caliber and two (Boston College and Boston Univer- sity) have won recent NCAA Division I Championships. BC captured the national title in 2008 and 2010 while BU did the same in 2009. In addition, the neighboring institutions on Commonwealth Avenue have two of the country's best coaches -- Jerry York at BC and Jack Parker at BU. Thus, when Hockey East Media Day is held the walls seems to bulge with hockey history, highlights, lore and legend, The stories seem as endless as summer once did decades ago when we were children. So it came as no surprise when the annual conference coaches' pre-season poll was released during media day festivities that Boston College and Boston Univer- sity were ranked No 1 ,and No. 2 respectively by the league's mentors. The Eagles were picked to win the conference for the second straight season by the circuit's 10 coaches, garner- ing seven first place votes for a total of 88 points. BC won the regular season in 2010- 2011 for the 11th time in Hockey East history and finished the campaign with league mark of 20-6-1 (30-8-1 overall). The men from The Heights will be for- midable once again as they return 18 players from last year's impressive team. Boston University finished second with 83 points, collect- ing the three remaining first place votes in the process. The Terriers posted were 15-6-6 in the conference last season (19-12-8 overall) and will have the bulk of their scoring threats returning. UNH was picked for third, while Maine was placed fourth and Merrimack fifth. Vermont was sixth, UMass- Amherst seventh, North- eastern was eighth while UMass-Lowell was ninth and Providence was 10% The new season opens on Columbus Day Weekend with all teams in action. Some six months later a new national champion will be crowned at the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa, Florida. " It is appropriate on Media Day to honor a member of the group. This year's recipient of the Joe Concannon Media Award was Merrimack's Mike Machnik, who is entering his 19  year of affiliation with the program. Machnik, who has been involved with college hockey since 1985, has been a mem- ber of Merrimack's radio team for 14 seasons. He also helped launch U.S. College Hockey Online in 1996 and later helped start the web site for College Hockey News in 2005. He has also done radio and TV work for Northeastern University, UNH and the University of Maine. Hockey East started the media award in 1992 and in 2001 renamed it in honor of long-time Boston Globe sportswriter Joe Concannon, who died in 2000. Concannon was honored with the award in 1998. Commissioner Joe Ber- tagna announced that ticket sales for the upcoming Hockey East doubleheader at Fenway Park, set for Janu- ary 7, are going well. Vermont will take on UMass-Amherst in the first game at 4:00 pm with UNH meeting Maine in the nightcap at 7.:30 pm. The day will actually start at 1:00 p.m. at the Garden where the Bruins will face Vancouver for the first time since the teams met in the Stanley Cup Finals. NESN will televise all three games and is calling the tripleheader "Hockey Day in New England." Following the conclusion of media day, the league coaches and officials dis- persed to their various offices. The next time Hockey East will be in the Garden will be when the conference holds the semifinals and finals of its annual tournament on March 16 and 17. One thing is for certain. Between now and then a lot of exciting hockey will be played.