Rick "The Racoon" Glaser is back. The man of a thousand monikers (professional boxing businessman, promoter, international agent, and matchmaker) has been involved in boxing since 1992. "The Racoon" also provides sparring partners for training camps all over the world. His knowledge of professional boxing is deep and, at times, controversial.
54, never met an opinion he didn’t like. Recently I spoke to the
fearless facebook forecaster (Glaser rarely gets a fight wrong) about a
variety of boxing related subjects. As always, Glaser held nothing back.
John Raspanti: The recent passing of Emanuel Steward has brought great sadness to the boxing world. Your thoughts?
Rick Glaser: He
was a great manager. The greatest trainer ever. And, the most
knowledgeable TV commentator ever. His passing is a very sad thing. His
passing shows how human we are all. One night your watching him and a
few month later he's gone. It puts everything in perspective.
JR: Will Mayweather and Pacquiao fight in twenty-thirteen?
of right now, I don’t see it happening in twenty-thirteen. There are
various reasons. Number one is ego. And in this case all the ego's are
huge. It was a bad sign when Freddie Roach and Pacquiao are out begging
for the fight. If Floyd was leading the way, that’s fine. Pacquiao is
saying he’ll take forty five. You don’t see Bob Arum saying that. I
don’t think it’s going to happen. There’s no way they are going to tell
Mayweather what he’s going to get.
JR: It looks like
Floyd Mayweather won't fight anyone until 2013. The opponent could be
hotshot Canelo Alvarez. Could Canelo beat Mayweather?
RG: No, unless Floyd gets old overnight, nobody can beat him. At this
point, age is the only question with a Mayweather fight. That’s the only
way he's beat. Canelo is too green. Mayweather would set traps for him
JR: Why have our recent Olympic boxing teams won nothing at the Games?
haven't won any medals for two reasons. There’s an obvious one and a
not so obvious one. Our team is not together enough. As soon as the
Olympics are over, other countries are all ready picking a team for the
next Olympics. Our team doesn’t have enough International experience. We
have boys of eighteen and nineteen taking on grown men. Their teams are
all pro compared to ours. They’ve been fighting for years. It’s like an
pro football player facing a high school player. So, why wasn’t it
different years ago? The scoring was different back then. Here’s another
thing nobody talks about. When we were good, there was a German team, a
Russian team, and a Cuban team. Now, Russia went from one country and
one representative to thirty one countries and sixteen representatives.
So, every time we are fighting it’s against another good fighter.
Before, you’d beat a Russian, a German, and a Cuban. Now there’s a whole
bunch of other fighters you have to beat to win a Gold medal. Another
thing is a number of countries have raised their boxing programs with
the help of their governments. We don’t have that.
JR: Will professional fighters ever compete in the Olympics?
RG: As it stands right now, I’d say no. I don’t know the mindset of the Olympic committee though.
You were ridiculed for picking Julio Cesar Chavez over Sergio Martinez
(won by Martinez) last month. Will you pick Chavez again in the rematch?
absolutely, I’ll pick Chavez again. I think he’s learned a lot from the
experience. He had a poor camp. He started too late. He figured him out
too late. I think he learned a lot of things from the first fight that
he’ll apply in the second. He’ll start putting pressure on Martinez a
lot earlier. There were three things that went on in the first fight
that disgusted me. There’s no way Martinez won the 11th round. Every
judge gave the round to Martinez. The judges were asleep. Freddie Roach
lost complete control of the training camp. Freddie should have used the
dignity he's always had and left camp with his dignity in tact. All he
did was complain after the fact. All he did was make excuses. BS! The
real truth is he stayed and picked up a paycheck. Freddie should have
been proud enough to say, ‘I’m resigning.’ Remember, I like Freddie.
This is not personal against Freddie.
JR: What makes Andre Ward so good?
is he so good? I think when you’ve been undefeated that long I think it
starts with supreme confidence. We know he has all that natural
ability, but other fighters have natural ability as well. Andre Dirrell
has natural ability. Kessler has natural ability. Ward has the
confidence, but not the arrogance. He goes to the gym and hones his body
and his skills to say, ‘I am the best.’ The only other guy who thinks
in the ring like Andre Ward is Mayweather. He’s the guy with supreme
confidence, speed, and intelligence. Every time Andre Ward gets in the
ring, we are looking at supreme greatness. Andre Ward is (a) great role
model. He’s been loyal to his manager. He’s loyal to Dan Gosseen. His
game is great. His mind-state is there. His machismo is there. He’s
saying to the world that nobody will beat him. There’s nobody that can
beat him. I think he could have beat Roy Jones as a super middleweight.
Calzaghe was a great fighter as well and a classy guy. He beat Kessler,
Jones, and Bernard Hopkins. I still think Andre Ward beats him. Ward is
at a higher level.
JR: Will there ever be another great American heavyweight?
you talk about ever - thirty years from now? Yeah, I do think so.
Right now, I don’t see anyone on the horizon in the United States.
JR: Is Seth Mitchell the best American heavyweight fighter now?
no way. If Seth Mitchell ever wins a world championship he'll be a one
title defense, and out. Our heavyweights can't seem to draw crowds like
the Eeastern Europeans can.
JR: So why aren’t the good athletes going into boxing?
there’s no instant gratification in boxing. In football and basketball,
you come out of college and sign a big bonus. You’re set for years. We
don’t have that in boxing. In boxing, you’re fighting for nothing for
awhile. Then you don’t even know if you’re going to make it. There’s
also an element in boxing that people don’t want to be involved in. We
all know what this is. It’s the ugly side of the sport. There’s no ugly
side in the other sports. We have an ugly side in our sport. A lot of
people – including corporate America,- don’t want to get involved in it.
JR: Are steroids an epidemic in boxing?
with all these fights being cancelled - I would say it’s really bad,
but worse on a worldwide level then in the United Sates. Some of these
guys are really juicing. I think there’s more then just the juicing.
There also putting performance enhancing drugs in their blood to
increase their endurance. I think they need to have Olympic style
testing for any fighter in an eliminator or a world title fight. Also,
any fighter that fights for fifty thousand dollars or should more should
also be tested. That’s my whole opinion right there.
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