I just saw a clip of Naseem “Prince” Hased in the ring, and it reminded me that I don’t mind trash talk and grandstanding, as long as you can back it up when it counts. And Hased certainly could back up his trash talk, for a while, at least. Unfortunately, his trash talk betrayed a sloppiness as a professional fighter that undermined his huge potential as a scrapper.
As much fun as a showboater is, I prefer cheering for the perceived underdog, generally a more subdued character, which is why watching Barrera’s victory over Hased (his only loss) was just as exciting as Hased’s usual antics. Barrera fought “old school” and, except for a couple overreactions to Hased’s “antics”, he didn’t resort to any flashy moves.
I’m not a huge sports fan, but I did lots of sports in high school, and still consider myself an amateur adult athlete. I used to be a bit of a trash-talker, but with age I’ve shifted more to the quiet, Ferdinand-the-Bull style of performance.