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For the Raging Bull, the price was worth it

He threw a fight for the right to try for a title. Sixty years later, Jake LaMotta, the Raging Bull, looks back on that fateful decision and discusses it with Wright Thompson.

Updated: August 9, 2007, 3:57 PM ET
By Wright Thompson | ESPN.com

Before he was a movie, Jake LaMotta was an athlete with a choice.

To get a shot at the boxing title LaMotta coveted, the mafia wanted him to take a dive. If he'd do them a favor, they'd see to it he got his chance at the belt. He was confronted with a lot of questions. Should he throw the fight? Is that always wrong? What if cheating was the only way to win?

That was 60 years ago. LaMotta is 86 years old now. He's world-famous, mostly because the movie about his life, "Raging ...

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