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10/12/2007 12:23:00 PM

Most Popular Boxers of All Time

Any list of popular boxers will start with Muhammad Ali.
Muhammad Ali.
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By Richard Deitsch, SI.com

Though he's never thrown a punch as a professional boxer, Carl Weathers is easily one of the most famous fighters in history. That's the iconic power of playing Apollo Creed. But the 59-year-old actor does have legitimate sports connections: Weathers was a star linebacker at San Diego State and played for the Oakland Raiders in 1970 and 1971 before moving to CFL's British Columbia Lions for 18 games over three seasons. While in New York promoting his news sports comedy The Comebacks, which opens next Friday, SI.com caught up with Weathers to get his five favorite fighters of all time:

1. Muhammad Ali: From Day 1 this guy was magnificent to watch. He has to be on this list.

2. Sugar Ray Leonard: He really was an amazing fighter. His fights with Marvin Hagler and Thomas Hearns were brutal battles.

3. Sugar Ray Robinson: I never saw him fight in person but watching film on that man was like watching a ballet dancer. When that punch came, guys just dropped like a ton of bricks. For his weight class, he had a ton of power.

4. Rocky Graziano: He always impressed me. He wasn't a big guy when you looked at film on him, he was just a bad dude. When he got the ring, he just seemed bent on taking the other guy out.

5. Floyd Mayweather: He has more confidence than anybody outside of Ali. People think this guy is bragging and full of himself: I just think he does not see himself in any way except victorious. Now to watch him on Dancing on Stars, he comes off like a sweet guy. He's committed on that show like he would be for a championship fight.

Agree with Carl? Tell us your five favorite boxers.
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10/08/2007 08:41:00 AM

Top Five Athlete Blogs

Gilbert Arenas
Washington Wizards guard Gilbert Arenas has one of the more entertaining blogs in the sports community.
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By Lang Whitaker, SI.com

Despite what you may have heard, blogs are not a virus or some rare artifact from outer space. Blogs are purely functional, a way to organize and disseminate information. SI.com has blogs, I have a blog, and the latest development is that a lot of athletes are starting their own blogs. Here are my five favorite blogs written by athletes.

1. Rod Benson: Benson played college basketball at Cal and is currently trying to play his way onto the New Jersey Nets. In the meantime, he blogs. Benson posts erratically, but when he does write they're always honest, compelling and funny. And even though he isn't living the NBA high life, he avoids falling into the trap (like Paul Shirley) of constantly complaining about his skills going unrecognized.

2. Curt Schilling: The Red Sox pitcher can be a bit of a blowhard, but that's exactly what makes him so interesting. It's also cool to read recaps of his starts and follow along with Schilling's various feuds.

3. Gilbert Arenas: Gil gets points for embracing the power of blogging early on, but he loses some cred because he doesn't actually write his posts (they're phoned in). Still, he always has something to say.

4. Moritz Volz: The German international who plays for Fulham in the Premiership keeps an interesting blog. He even admits to loving David Hasselhoff.

5. Ian Crocker: This US swimmer knows how to write and makes everything he posts worth reading...even if he's posting about swimming.

Who else is on the internet? Give us your favorite athlete blogs below...

Lang Whitaker is the executive editor of SLAM magazine and writes daily at SLAMonline.com
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