Rocky is too.
thinkin' about it and thinkin' about it and thinkin' about it and finally I did
it," he said, his voice full of excitement, when I talked to him 24 hours
after he had announced his retirement.
A man who
ordinarily loves mobs of people around him, Rocky had gone into a self-enforced
seclusion at Grossinger's, the Catskill Mountain resort where he trained for
all of his title fights. Now, sitting alone in a bungalow named "Rocky
Marciano," the newly retired champion almost seemed to regret that he had
cut himself off so quickly.
Would the people
like him as much? That seemed to be his concern.
"What are they
saying?" he asked.
think you did the right thing," I told him.
Good," he said happily. "I think so too."
wonder, though, whether your decision to retire now had anything to do with the
IBC court case. Jim Norris might have wanted you to retire now just to show the
IBC is willing to release its fighters."
know," Rocky said confidentially, "I was surprised they didn't ask me
that question at the press conference.... Actually, it was just a question of
timing. As you know, I had been thinking about it for a long time, but this was
the first time I had been in New York since my South American trip, so I
waited. A lot of people have wondered: what's the tie-in?" he added.
"But I made my own decision. I wanted to get out before it was too
late," he said. "One of the things that influenced me was Joe Louis. He
always was my idol. I hated to see all those things happen to him.
enough money out of fighting, and I've saved what I possibly could. Charlie
Goldman and Al Weill have seen to that."