All politicians take their fair share of beatings. It’s part of the job description.There is a big difference between having to defend yourself against an attack on your character, and having to defend yourself against a flurry of punches. For 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, he’s about to learn that lesson the hard way.
In what can only be described as one of the most unlikely events in the history of existence, Romney will put his 68-year-old body on the line when he takes on former heavyweight champion of the world Evander Holyfield in a three-round boxing match for charity. The money raised from Friday night’s fight — expected to be around $1 million — will go to CharityVision, a nonprofit that helps provides the restoration of vision for people in developing countries.
As we write this, we still can’t believe this is actually going to happen. Here’s a guy who, not to long ago, was running to be the next commander in chief. Now, he’ll be stripping down to his Under Armour’s (the apparel company is sponsoring the fight) and stepping into the ring with a guy who could literally knock his head off. But the two did have a weigh in on Thursday evening, so there’s no backing out now. We wonder if Romney truly understands what he’s getting himself into.
If his interview with The New York Times is any indication, the former governor of Massachusetts has been in fights before — just not ones that will truly prepare him for this experience.
When asked about how his previous political career may have helped him prepare for this fight, Romney’s answer did make a bit of sense:
“I think just the embarrassment of having everybody looking and laughing,” said Romney. “I do remember Newt Gingrich and I, during a debate, we were talking about Rick Perry,” he continued. “And Newt Gingrich said to me, ‘You know, Rick is a good guy, but he doesn’t know how to dance.’ Newt meant dance around tough questions and then make them work to your advantage. And he complimented me on my ability to dance. So I will be doing a bit of dancing and dodging Friday night.”
We have no doubt he’ll be doing his fair share of dancing. After all, you can’t teach a dog new tricks. But should Romney actually attempt to go toe-to-to with the former champ, at least he knows where to draw the line.
Said Romney, “I’m staying far away from his ears. I don’t for a moment want for him to confuse me with anyone from his past.” We can’t argue with that. We’d stay away from the ears as well. But we wonder if Romney took the time to ask himself this crucial question: What if Holyfield actually comes out swinging?
We know this is a charity event, and it’s for a good cause, but people are who they are. And Evander Holyfield, despite being 52 years old, is still boxer with 29 career knockouts under his belt. What if he forgets where he is and who he’s fighting? After all, this is the same guy who thought Manny Pacquiao defeated Floyd Mayweather. Romney just needs to remember to protect himself at all times.
In the second biggest fight of his life, we thoroughly expect Mitt Romney to be on the losing end. This bout isn’t going to break any records, but it could be entertaining. We just hope for both their sakes, Holyfield makes sure to pull his punches. If he doesn’t, this could get bad real fast.