The Fight: Patterson Vs. Liston

Originally published in the February 1963 issue of Nugget, "The Fight: Patterson vs. Liston" also appears in At the Fights: American Writers on Boxing, edited by George Kimball and John Schulian and published in hardcover, paperback, and as an e-book by The Library of America. You can also find it in the recent… » 10/23/14 10:10am 10/23/14 10:10am

The Best Story Ever Written About Losing

In keeping with the day's theme, below is a classic Esquire profile of Floyd Patterson after his second devastating loss to Sonny Liston, which we reprinted a year ago on The Stacks. No athlete has ever talked so frankly about his own shortcomings as Patterson did with author Gay Talese. He confesses at one point to… » 7/08/14 7:46pm 7/08/14 7:46pm