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"Money" Mike Sawyer

As promised, your "Money" Mike Sawyer quotes, in advance of his Oct. 7 super-undercard bout:

On being a descendant of Thomas Jefferson and John Quincy Adams: Damn right, two presidents. I'm as American as it gets, man, and not afraid to flaunt it....Make no apologies for it, being young, white and aggressive.

On boxing while working as a mortgage loan officer: It's not a hobby, man; it's a step in my path toward self actualization, man, you know what I mean?

On what happened the last time he was scheduled to fight at Patriot Center: I had a virus. It was coming out at both ends, man, I was a mess.

On how he came to fight for some sort of Costa Rican national team during his three-year stay in Costa Rica, despite the fact that he's not really Costa Rican: Everything goes under the table in Costa Rica. The fact is I was in there giving a lot of their fighters work, and I was better than the other 156-pounder they had, so they were like, 'Let the white boy fight.'

On whether he has any family at all in Costa Rica: No, just psychotic ex-girlfriends populated sparsely around the country, you know how it is.

On his other interesting skills: I'm an accomplished bar fighter, man. You might not want to put that in there, but I'm still making the transition from that. I mean, I'm a veteran of probably 100, 150, a lot of 'em, between that and street fighting. I've never really lost, man, never. There's been a couple draws because the cops came or 'cause there was too many people or something. I'm dead [bleepin'] serious.

On his hometown of Culpeper, Va.: I don't know if you know anything about Culpeper, but it's a backwards society down there.

On why he still boxes: There's really nothing like being up there in front of a couple thousand people beating the piss out of someone. I mean, I do it as much for the attention and self-gratification, I do it for all the selfish reasons, hell yeah, damn right.... There's something innate somebody has when they're a fighter, and you can ignore it and kind of deal with that aggression in other ways, or you can assimilate it into your life. I just like to fight, man. There's really no long answer for it. 'Why do you box?' I like to fight.

On his chances against former Toughman fighter Randy McRorie: First or second round knockout. Not a TKO; like, I'm gonna whup this guy. Toughman fighters, I'll beat them 10 out of 10 times, you know what I mean? I just have too many dimensions for a fighter like that.

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 14, 2006; 10:59 AM ET
Categories:  Fighting Sports  
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