The quake in Salt Lake: Mitt Romney to box Evander Holyfield for charity on May 15

A logical pairing. One’s a washed-up former champion who didn’t know when to quit, the other’s Evander Holyfield.

No no, I kid. There are obvious differences between them. For instance, Holyfield had to defeat some legit heavyweights, not just tomato cans, to earn his title. Zing.

The next time you hear someone call Mayweather/Pacquiao the fight of the century, you tell ’em it’s not even the best fight in May.

In fact, Romney is slated to fight former heavyweight boxing champion Evander Holyfield in the marquis event during a several-bout evening at the Rail Event Center near the Union Pacific Depot in Salt Lake City on May 15.

“It will either be a very short fight, or I will be knocked unconscious,” Romney quipped in an interview recently. “It won’t be much of a fight. We’ll both suit up and get in the ring and spar around a little bit.”…

Holyfield agreed to participate in a fundraising event for Charity Vision, a humanitarian organization founded about 20 years ago by retired Salt Lake physician Bill Jackson, who, as a mission president in the Philippines for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, saw the suffering in areas with abject poverty and the total lack of medical care…

“We just thought it would be a lot better to provide this kind of entertainment rather than just have dinner and listen to speakers,” Mitt Romney said.

Corporate sponsorships for the event range from $25,000 to $250,000, which makes this only slightly more expensive than tickets to Mayweather/Pacquiao. I’d kick in a few bucks for pay-per-view just to see if Romney’s hair will move even when he’s taking jabs to the face from a former heavyweight champion.

Seriously, here’s the latest reminder that Mitt Romney is a really nice guy. Two months ago he was thinking about running for president; given the possibility that Jeb Bush will struggle during the campaign and the fair chance of a brokered convention next year, he’s probably still thinking about it. (Actually, we know he’s still thinking about it.) A freak-show boxing stunt isn’t what you’d expect from a man in that position, but he realized it could raise some dough for a good cause — Charity Vision specializes in eye surgeries for the poor — so he swallowed his pride. It’s goofy as hell but good-natured and generous. That’s Romney.

No doubt he’ll show up in darned good shape for the fight too. He may be creeping up on 70 but I’ll bet he doesn’t look a day over 60 in the ring. Exit question: If he lands a lucky punch and knocks Holyfield out, who’s his next opponent? Do we see a Rocky IV scenario where Romney takes on Putin? Or do we proceed directly to Rocky V where he starts training his protege, Kid Marco?

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