Rob was doing an interview with Sports & Style magazine in France when the subject came up indirectly.
He was talking about how much he liked to follow football, or soccer as we call it in the United States. His favorite team is Arsenal in the First League. But living in Hollywood makes it hard to keep up with his team.
“The games air [on television] too early in California, he said. As a result, he’s discovered the pugilistic arts.
“Lately, I’ve taken a big interest in boxing,” he told the magazine. ” I like to watch the lightweight categories: middleweight, welter, super-welter and the flyweights, too.”
Those happen to be the hottest divisions right now. Fighters like Floyd Mayweather Jr, Timothy Bradley Jr. Juan Manuel Marquez and Manny Pacquiao can command huge paydays when they fight.
Mayweather, one of the best fighters of all time, drew a slew of celebrities to his match last month against Mexican challenger Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, who was undefeated at the time.
Justin Bieber was one of the celebrities who was in the boxer’s entourage. He handily beat Alvarez and reportedly collected $80 million for the fight.
“There’s no other sport where defeat can be as terrible and painful,” Rob said. “It’s a sport, a terrifying discipline where honor has a big place. It’s beautiful, really.
While boxing is often viewed as a violent sport, fans also watch because of the skill and strategy involved. That’s why it’s called the “Sweet Science,” a term coined in 1828 by a British writer.
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