QUOTE(adambomb @ Dec 10 2007, 12:09 AM) [snapback]369715[/snapback]
I have been watching hbo boxing for my whole life and have watched each and every one multiple times.
I think it is the most brilliant and beautiful show on the planet.
I recently have been getting agitated with the trend ( last 8 months)
of how all three of them have been agreeing on early parts of the fights and being so off base about what is going on.
Many ppl here stated this in the opinion of having Mayweather up 4-1 or 5-0 in the first 5 and they were just riding the Hatton train
like he was winning every early round. Its been more in other fights however that have been on in 07.
1. Emanuel Steward has lost all of my respect and interest. He is not unbearable yet as much as below.
Max Kellerman has zero insight into live boxing and is just simply a boxing historian.
He has nothing to offer right now and can only draw parallels to old fights not styles. He needs to adjust his brain and forget about sighting old fights and learn how to put his mind in the present.
He is a good speaker but needs to develop much more of an eye.
Lampley is absolutely the most brilliant sports commentator i have ever watch and is one of the best at what he does in any field. he should be very proud.
Very good observations Adam,
My only disagreement is with Lampley. When a fight IS exciting, he is a pleasure to listen to. When a fight isn't exciting he cheerleads and brings out the pop-poms for the fighter that HBO has under contract, while ignoring the work of the opponent. They all do that. Merchant somewhat less than the others. who at least speaks his own mind. A mind that may be drunk and senile some of the time, but other times Larry does well. Max as you said is too much boxing historian and is much too biased in favor of slick boxers over brawlers. African-American boxers are noted in very high esteem to Max, while Latin-American and Latino fighters are often criticized by him.
HBO is too in love with punch stats. I have said for years this needs to go! The software has a less than 70% accuracy rate and is just too guys pushing buttons. HBO just wants the viewer to follow the Pied Piper (their broadcast team) toward whatever direction the wind blows. This wasn't the case 10 years ago, but certainly holds true now.
At least when Showtime got off the Tyson bandwagon they showed some better fights with more objective broadcasting. However, it should be noted that they seem to be undeservedly in bed with Gary Shaw in promoting a lot of cracker jack belts. (Tarver-Santiago was an absolute disgrace to the network.)
I miss HBO when Lou Dibella was head boxing coordinator and when HBO Boxing After Dark showcased some of the greatest fights in recent memory. Now, for the most part, B.A.D is nothing more than showcasing a rising star against a C-grade opponent for an undeserved $50 PPV payday.