The use of entrance music began in 1977, when Muhammad Ali used the disco version of the Star Wars theme for this fight against Earnie Shavers.Shavers was one of Ali's toughest opponents, but Ali eventually won the fight, probably because he used the Force.
In 2013, after being out of the ring for over a year, Manny Pacquiao chose "Roar" as the song for his comeback fight against Brandon Rios.
Pac Man won the fight, although the outcome may have been different if he had gone with "I Kissed A Girl."Ukrainian heavyweight champ Wladimir Klitschko's song of choice is this one from Red Hot Chili Peppers.
It’s hard to say what was going on in his mind during his boxing heyday, especially when Tyson walked out to a nightmarish experimental music composition in his 1988 match against undefeated heavyweight champion Mike Spinks.
Watch the clip below with the music starting about one minute in.
And, of course, those legions upon legions of fraternity brothers, who in the throes of sheer exaltation crushed shanty towns worth of beverage cans on their collective forehead every time The Gladiator took the screen. And I'm not going to kid myself; it may be some time before I'm whole again. But in the meantime, I find solace in the gladiator spirit that continues to permeate the sport he so valiantly represented for so long. But really what I'm talking about are the entrance songs. I suspect The Gladiator would have wanted it that way. Nothing else better embodies The Spirit of the Gladiator.