With a name like “Bad” Chad, it’s not always easy being good.
“Bad” Chad Dawson is the IBO Light Heavyweight World Champion. He’s been described by Floyd Mayweather as “pound for pound the best fighter in the world.” He’s such a nice guy, we’re thinking “Bad” Chad must be one of those ironic nicknames, like calling a big guy “Tiny.” Then again, we’ve never been in the ring with him.
Chad will take on WBC Light Heavyweight Champion Jean Pascual Aug. 14th in Montreal. To learn more about Chad, visit www.badchaddawson.com.
1.) Who taught you about manhood?
My father took care of the basics, providing for my family and making sure all of our needs were met. Also, I credit my wife and kids because they look to me as the man of the house. I have to make sure I do what I can, not to let them down. Finally, my life experiences showed me that there must be something better in life. I want my boys to grow up to become good men.
2.) Has romantic love shaped you as a man?
Yes it has—romantic love has taught me that life can be beautiful. I can be strong, but still find myself weak in the knees when it comes to my family. I am always overwhelmed with happiness every time I see them after being away for months in training camp.
My dad is “direct” and a “disciplinarian.”
4.) How are you most unlike him?
I am more of a risk taker.
5.) From which of your mistakes did you learn the most?
Not taking more of an active roll in the business side of my career from the very beginning.
6.) What word would the women in your life use to describe you, and is it accurate?
Sexy! (Laughs.) Yes it is.
7.) Who is the best dad you know, and how does he earn that distinction?
My dad. He was the best dad we could ask for. My dad taught us to appreciate what we had and to go after our dreams. He made us believe we can achieve anything we set our minds to.
8.) Have you been more successful in public or private life?
As a Light Heavyweight Champion Boxer, I have to say public, but I am still learning and striving for greater success in my private life.
9.) When was the last time you cried?
March 4th, 2009, the day my youngest son was born.
10.) What advice would you give teenage boys trying to figure out what it means to be a good man?
My advice to teenage boys would be—follow your heart, follow your dreams, and strive for the best. Don’t let anyone tell you that you cannot achieve. Prove the doubters wrong.
For Bonus Points: What is the your most cherished ritual as a guy?
I am always training for my fights, so my most cherished ritual as a guy is simply being dad. Spending quality down time with my family.
Interview conducted by Felix Manuel Rodriguez author of ‘Dad, Me, and Muhammad Ali’ for The Good Men Project.