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Famed boxing promoter Don King can certainly relate to the trials and tribulations of Barry Bonds, Michael Vick and even OJ Simpson, but collectively none of them can match wits with “The Only in America” man.
For a man who understands his history and the plight of his people, King can rest assured that his destiny as one of the greatest African American figures this turn of the century is secure.
Never at a loss for words, even those who do business with him are still amazed at his intellect and fascinated on how he continues to recreate himself and the boxing industry.
King will be in Los Angeles this week to promote the Fernando Vargas/Ricardo Mayorga brawl at the Staples Center on Friday Nov. 23.
However, before the pay per view clash at Staples, he will receive a resolution form Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa for his many contributions to the sport and millions of dollars donated to charities.
During a tribute to him by the NAACP in St. Louis a couple of years ago, King surprised the organization by giving them a check for $50,000. While most Americans are complaining about the war in Iraq, King has been steadfastly supporting the troops with not just boxing as entertainment but also with sizeable contributions to divisions throughout the country.
And regardless of what you may think of our President Bush, what other athlete or sports figure do you know that has dinner with him at their home and can call him when he wishes?
King does not characterize himself as a Republican or Democrat he has coined a new phrase that fits him like one of his tailor made tuxedos Republicrat. He spends as much time in Washington D.C. fighting for rights that affect Black people as he does negotiating a mega fight like the one he will stage in January featuring Roy Jones Jr. and Felix Trinidad. Few can keep up with him, his secretary Illona Gillings is not allowed to be exhausted because King does not recognize there are just 24 hours in a day.
Earlier this summer he was in Las Vegas at the National Association of Black Journalist where he served on a panel and was honored.
Show King a pile of garbage and he discovers a jewel in it, put a wall in front of him and he makes a tunnel with a light at the end of it, tell him that his sport is dead and he goes on a whirl wind tour with six fight cards in seven months.
Scientists might one day discover what is in his DNA and what makes him tick, but they haven’t done so yet.
For years, his promotional adversaries have been waiting for him to vanish, but when they turn around he’s larger in life than he was before.
They would rather join forces with each other than do business with him and at the end of the day they will all realize there is only one King.