What would happen if you put John McCain up against Floyd Mayweather or Harry Reid against Manny Pacquiao in tonight’s “Fight of the Century”? Surprisingly, they, and some other politicians, could hold their own and put up a good fight… back in their day.
Take a look at these 4 politicians who could put up a fight both on the campaign trail and in the boxing ring:
1. President Theodore Roosevelt
No doubt about it, President Teddy Roosevelt is a badass. He won the Noble Peace Prize, volunteered in WWI after his presidency, went skinny-dipping in the Potomac, was a progressive “trust buster,” was an environmental conservationist and so much more.
But did you know Teddy could also throw the “old 1-2?”
Roosevelt was a boxer for Harvard University’s intramural lightweight team and continued to spar during his political career.
Even during Roosevelt’s presidency, he would fight former professional boxers. Unfortunately, one young artillery officer punched President Roosevelt so hard he smashed a blood vessel in Teddy’s left eye that left him nearly blind. Let’s just say, he had to put away the gloves after that match.
Could you imagine being the guy who blinded the President?
2. Senator John McCain
Senator John McCain always comes out fighting and doesn’t pull any punches when it’s about something he believes in.
McCain must have learned those skills back when he was a wrestler, earning two varsity letters during high school, and a boxer, competing as a lightweight boxer in the U.S. Naval Academy.
The picture above is of John McCain’s high school wrestling team in 1954. Can you guess which one he is? (Hint: he’s in the front row)
3. Senator Harry Reid
Although Senator Harry Reid is on his way to retirement, back in the day he was an amateur boxer. In his autobiography, The Good Fight, he wrote, “The black eyes and soreness to me were badges of honor to wear the next day, and I’d fight every chance I got.”
Have you seen his recent black eye though? It seems to be more painful than a badge of honor.
A couple months ago, Senator Reid was injured and, let’s just say, he looks like he challenged Mayweather or Pacquiao to a sparring match. He dispelled all the rumors that he was on a motorcycle or in a fight and said he was exercising in his home. I don’t think he’s doing the type of exercise we do.
Unfortunately for Senate Democrats, Reid will be throwing in the towel in 2016 and not seeking reelection.
4. Congressman John Morrissey
Before Congressman John Morrissey served two terms in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1867 – 1871, he was more commonly known as “Old Smoke,” an Irish bare-knuckle boxer and gang member. This guy is definitely someone we wouldn’t want to cross. Before he was 18, he was indicted twice for burglary, once for assault and battery, and once for assault with intent to kill.
Morrissey got his nickname “Old Smoke” during a fight where he was pinned on his back on top of burning coals. Morrissey fought off his opponent, while his back was smoking from the burns. Not the typical politician, right?
Do you know of any other politicians who can throw a punch? Feel free to send pictures or historical information to [email protected].
Did you know? Manny Pacquiao was elected to the Philippines House of Representatives when he was 32 years old and is also a retired singer!