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Little Big Men: Willie Pep

Originally Published: October 10, 2006
By Bert Randolph Sugar | Boxing Historian

The man who scissored his given name of "Papaleo" into the pallindromic "Pep" was boxing's version of the three-card monte player: Now you see him, now you don't. His movements, which took on the took of tap dancing with gloves on, left his opponents to speculate on their meaning and his fans to listen for accompanying music. Willie Pep fought as if he didn't like to get hit, having developed a great respect for his teeth at a very early age. He fought as a survivor, practicing a form of reverse ...

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