YESTERDAY the Manhattan streets were bursting with activity as they always do. But for those accustomed to having their lunch break in the Madison Square Garden area things were different on this day. On the corner of 33rd street and Eighth Avenue, next to MSG, a ring was set up parading around the boxers who will be appearing at the famed venue this Friday. It was the traditional fighter workouts that normally take place three days before big shows. This one was open to the public.
People watched from a distance, the barriers preventing them from getting too close to the ring. Near or far, the smiles on the faces were inescapable. Many doubtless were not boxing fans, but were nevertheless fascinated by the spectacle that was unorthodox for the most unorthodox city of them all. Those on tourist buses, some in New York for the first time looked on trying to get a glimpse of the goings on around the worlds most famous arena.
The fighter workouts always adapt a revolving door policy. When one fighter leaves another enters. They are on a time schedule in which opponents’ times are spread out as to not have them run into the other which could cause an altercation. However, on this afternoon calmness was in the air. The competitors made what was an obligatory appearance, some more enthusiastically than others.