THE LITTLE FIGHT
Regarding your article The Fads About the Big Fight (Oct. 8), I think Gilbert Rogin has finally pinned down the answer to the "suffering, bewildered and confused" ex-champion, Floyd Patterson. Patterson was indeed that—bewildered and confused. No one questions that Patterson was ready physically, but by admitting before the fight that he could not be '"vicious," as he was for the second Johansson fight, Patterson was admitting, though I am sure he did not feel so, that he was going to lose.
You are probably right in assuming that a second bout will be demanded and granted, but I question your prophecy that "the fickle fight fans will return to see what Patterson can do."
JEFFERY D. FOX
Grosse Pointe, Mich.
After reading that 600,000 people shelled out $4 million either in Chicago or via television in 260 theaters for 2:06 of the first round I begin to think that Barnum's sucker birth rate was too low.
I wonder how many of these fans would contribute the same amount for the U.S. Olympic team to go to Tokyo or to help bring the 1968 Olympics to Detroit?
SAMUEL C. McKEE
There's something cockeyed about the wonderful world of sport when a prizefighter can command approximately as much money for a 2-minute 6-second appearance as baseball's immortal Babe Ruth collected for the score of summers during which he entertained countless millions of fans.
E. W. HESSE
I saw the fight on theater TV and I for one did not feel cheated. A $4 ticket doesn't entitle the holder to dictate who the winner is to be or in what round a knockout shall occur. No man in his right mind and having knowledge of the ex-champion's previous fights could label the fight a hoax or dive.
LAURENCE A. DROST
What a setup! Sonny's by himself on top. Mr. Patterson is sort of an unchallenged V.P. Young Cassius Clay is the Speaker of the House. Then we have Drain Commissioners and more Drain Commissioners.
Gilbert Rogin's article was tops, but he made a glaring error when he said that Machen and Folley were the only two heavyweights of consequence Patterson had never met. This is highly incorrect. One other must be added to the list, Cleveland (The Big Cat) Williams, one of the most feared and avoided punchers in the game today. Only Liston—and Bob Satterfield when Big Cleve was starting out—ever stopped him, and the Cat has kayoed nearly 50 foes, and held Eddie Machen to a draw.
West Los Angeles
The Big Ten has played five games against teams from the AAWU this year and has yet to win one. If Big Ten football is "the best in the nation," what does that make the West Coast?
?See page 20.—ED.