By Brian Damage
“There are 3 types of men: tough men, wrestler-tough men, and then there’s Meng.”- Arn Anderson
Very few men in the history of pro wrestling has garnered fear…legitimate fear for a single individual than Tonga Fifita. If the name doesn’t sound familiar, he was also known as Meng in WCW and Haku in the WWF. Regardless what you call him, make sure you do it with a smile and respect…because Tonga Fifita has one heck of a reputation.
The stories you hear or read are that of legend. Whether it’s gouging another wrestler’s eye out or breaking off someone’s bottom teeth in a brawl…Fifita has been called one…if not the toughest wrestlers in the business. A man who was truly feared and respected for his brute strength and unprecedented intensity. All it took was a certain look or glance from his eyes and you knew if you were going out of bounds.
“If I had a gun and was sitting inside a tank with one shell left and Meng is 300 yards away, he’s mine, right? Well the first thing I’m going to do is jump out of the tank and shoot myself because I don’t want to wound that son of a bitch and have him pissed off at me.”
“The toughest man I’ve ever met in my life. “He took his two fingers on his right hand, his index finger and trigger finger, and he reached into a guy’s mouth and he broke off the guy’s bottom teeth.” Heenan added, ‘I wouldn’t have believed it, if I didn’t see it for myself.’ Bobby Heenan also claimed that Andre the Giant wasn’t afraid of anybody…except for Harley Race and Haku.
In one of the strangest REAL moments in Pro Wrestling history, a drunken Andre the Giant (wrestling in Japan) showed what happens when you legitimately don’t want to cooperate with your opponent.
Andre’s opponent, Akira Maeda, was a true tough guy. Known as a “shoot fighter”, Akira would often compete in MMA styled bouts. (This was in 1986; long before MMA became popular.)
Floyd Mayweather Jr. is on top of the world. He is the world’s highest-paid athlete and is headed for the biggest payday of his career. New estimates show Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s payoff for fighting Manny Pacquiao could easily be $180 million. Unlike other super-rich athletes like Tiger Woods and Tom Brady, Floyd is not afraid to flaunt his wealth. He posts photos of himself and his money (literally, stacks of money) all the time, and they are unreal.
10. The Ironman Triathalon
Arguably the world’s most famous one-day endurance event, the Ironman World Championship is a true test of all-around ability and fortitude. To complete the famed race in Kona, Hawaii, competitors must swim 2.4 miles, bike 112 miles, and then run 26.2 miles. And before you can even think about racing Kona, you need to qualify by posting a top time at a different Ironman event. “Finishing [Ironman Kona] gives you something to hang your hat on for the rest of your life,” says Kevin Mackinnon, managing editor of Ironman.com. “The winds are insane, the heat is unbearable, and when you put that together with competing against the fittest athletes on the planet, it just doesn’t get any tougher.”
Mike Tyson and his trainer, Cus D’Amato, before his first professional fight 3-6-1985
Manute Bol playing defense in 1984 (At 7 ft 7 in tall, he was one of the tallest men ever to play in the National Basketball Association)
Few things are as thrilling as witnessing two evenly-matched combatants battle it out for twelve rounds in the ring. Every so often the planets will align and two men will deliver a fight for the ages. It’s terrifying and exhilarating all at the same time. Here are ten of the best rounds to have ever have taken place in the history of boxing.