All fighters are pig-headed some way or another. Some part of them always thinks they know better than you about something. Truth is, even if they’re wrong, even if that one thing is going to be the ruin of them, if you can beat that last bit out of them… they ain’t fighters at all.
To make a fighter, you got to strip them down to bare wood. You can’t just tell them to forget everything you know, you got to make them forget it in their bones. Make them so tired they only listen to you, only hear your voice, only do what you say and nothing else. Show them how to keep their balance and take it away from the other guy. How to generate momentum off your right toe and how to flex your knees when you fire a jab. How to fight backing up, so that the other guy doesn’t want to come after you. Then you got to show them all over again. Over and over and over, till they think they were born that way.
The point is to get good. Can’t get good if you keep knocking them out in the first round.[to Maggie]
The body knows what fighters don’t: how to protect itself. A neck can only twist so far. Twist it just a hair more and the body says, “Hey, I’ll take it from here because you obviously don’t know what you’re doing. Lie down now, rest, and we’ll talk about this when you regain your senses.” It’s called the knockout mechanism.
Sometimes, best way to deliver a punch is step back. But step back too far, you ain’t fighting at all.
Some wounds are too deep or too close to the bone. And no matter how hard you work at it, you just can’t stop the bleeding.
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People love violence. They slow down at a car wreck to check for bodies. Same people claim to love boxing. They got no idea what it is. Boxing is about respect. Getting it for yourself, and taking it away from the other guy.
Okay, you did two things wrong. One is you asked a question, and two is you asked another question.[Maggie Fitzgerald: What’d I do wrong?]