By Chris “Man of Few Words” Benedict
Photos of Chris and Matthew & Dwight
Although he was well accustomed to the failure of the fates to lavish smiles upon him, the new millennium was particularly unkind to Matthew Saad Muhammad. Living at a Mays Landing RV park in a trailer he renovated himself, Saad would drive an equally dilapidated Cadillac to nearby Pleasantville to wait in long Union lines for roofing work which some days he got and other times would not. Like Marlon Brando’s character in On the Waterfront, who would join the shape-up on the Jersey docks hoping for a day’s pay alongside the other unfortunate longshoremen.
However, while Terry Malloy bemoaned the fact that he “coulda been a contender”, Saad Muhammad had been a world champion.