Posted by: Winslie Gomez | 07/05/2009

Should heroes quit? I saw two of my heroes this weekend.

Ricky Hatton (UK boxer) arrived at the MGM Grand Canyon, boasting of an army of fans anyone would be rightly proud of.  They had faith in him, he was their hero; he represented that special courage and rawness he had become famous for.

Yet he faced defeat at the hands of Manny Pacquiao, just as he had with Mayweather Jnr.

Will he and should he, now accept retirement?


The bout was a mini classic. Manny Pacquiao proved that he is not just the greatest pound-for-pound boxer in the world today, he is also one of the greatest to have laced a pair of gloves. His counter-punching was sharper than a scalpel and his knockout blow, delivered only a few milliseconds after he had shipped a punch, carried eloquent testimony to the dynamite he carries in those small, compact fists.

Hatton’s body surrendered instantly at that dreadful moment of impact, his legs sagging, his arms lolloping and the back of his head hitting the canvas with such abandon as to suggest temporary coma. His eyelids opened an instant later, but behind them was a glassy void that will have chilled the blood of his army of supporters tuning in on television and, indeed, any other viewer possessed of human feeling.

Do heroes know when it’s time to call it a day?

Do Heroes know when to quit?

from Times online. Read it in full

The mind does not age, as the body might.

It is after-all a storehouse of memories; of past success and defeats, together with dreams, hopes and ambitions. But the sad truth whether we like it or not and no matter how much you disguise it, age and ability catches up with you.

That made me ponder the question, if I too had left it a little bit too late, to embark on this desire to be an excellent Salsa dancer.

The other hero was Eddie Torres.
I witnessed this icon of amazing Latin dance, the Mambo King perform on stage at the Mambo City 5 Star Congress and my heart sank.

He still is a shaker and mover, but for how long…

I also wondered how all those dance professionals, sat in the VIP seats felt; as they watched Eddie on the podium.

Were they looking at their own future?

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