A Legendary Truce

By Roy Marquez
Photos: Marlene Marquez

On October 15, 1998 baseball announcer Jack Buck uttered his now famous phrase, “I don’t believe what I just saw!” having witnessed Kirk Gibson’s impossible homerun off Dennis Eckersley to beat the mighty Oakland As 5-4 in game 1 of the World Series. Fast forward 20 years and 60 miles east to the inauguration of the WBC Legends of Boxing Museum where stunned spectators gasped, “I don’t believe what I just saw!” having watched bitter rivals Marco Antonio Barrera and Erik Morales embrace in a show of mutual respect.

WBC President Dr. Jose Sulaiman together with American Sports University Chairman Dr. Harry Hwang and San Bernardino Mayor Pat Morris opened the World Boxing Council Legends of Boxing Museum with a ribbon cutting celebration on Friday. An induction ceremony honoring boxing legends and lifelong contributors followed. Icons in attendance included Ken Norton, Gabriel Ruelas, Julio Gonzales, Oscar Muniz, Mando Ramos, Danny “Little Red” Lopez, Bobby Chacon, Rodolfo “El Gato” Gonzales, Manuel “Mantecas” Medina, Paul Banke, trainers Floyd Mayweather and Jeff Mayweather, manager Bennie Georgino, referee Gwen Adair, and promoter Ken Thompson.

The WBC Legends of Boxing Museum is located on the campus of American Sports University, located at 399 N. “D” St., San Bernardino, CA. A special thanks and recognition to California Boxing Hall of Fame 2008 inductees Steve Harpst and Michele Chong for inviting us to this event.