It’s a fight five years in the making that some say could determine the future of boxing. On May 2, the two biggest names in the sport will take the ring. Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao will duke it out for a payday of more than $120 million and $80 million, respectively.
It’s long since been torn down, but nearly 100 years ago the Gibbons Brothers Gym was one of the biggest points of pride in downtown St. Paul. Tommy Gibbons fought some of the biggest names in the game. “I was never known to be a puncher at the start, and as a matter of fact, I don’t think I was ever a puncher,” Gibbons said in a 1949 KROS Radio interview. “I learned the technique of hitting a fellow where it was most vulnerable: a left hook, under the right arm, the liver – the center of all nerve centers.”