I will give Max some credit for being somewhat more mellow at HBO than ESPN. But when he was with Atlas over at ESPN, it was a non-stop screaming contest. You could predict Max's OOHHHH and AAAHHHing over the greatness of:
1.) Pernell Whitaker
2.) Zab Judah
3.) Ring Magazine
each and every weak and it became nauseating to watch. But even when James Butler sucker punched Richard Grant on an ESPN 2 show, Max went on and on about how Butler should get a "second chance." This was the same James Butler, who was a roommate of Max's brother Sam Kellerman and who was later tried and convicted of murdering him.
Even today at HBO, while Max has toned down his volume, (Leaving arrogant Atlas at ESPN was welcome to the ears of many viewers.) Max still has a very strong bias favoring African-American boxers while bashing Latin-American and Hispanic fighters. From my perspective it seems that Max may have been raised in a very poor area growing up in New York and may have developed a very close relationship with many African-American boxers with the attitude of lending a helping hand to fighters from the wrong side of the tracks. That's all cool, but it doesn't really explain his hatred of many Hispanic and Latin-American fighters. Or was Max so incensed at the Whitaker-Chavez decision, certainly a bad call, but I have seen a lot worse, that he has let his own personal bias cloud his judgment or thinking. Has it now transcended to HBO where all of them have become little more than PR men for the fighters that the network has under contract?
Announcing bias goes back throughout boxing history. Howard Cosell would never crucify Ali or Leonard for anything and it showed. The same is reflective in Lampley praising the HBO contracted fighter. Delahoya, Mayweather, Cotto. Is it now worse with Kellerman there, as Larry Merchant, the last of the true network free-speech commentators moves toward retirement?
Does anyone at HBO think for themselves anymore?