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Allmenjoi8
As I was watching youtube when I was suppose to be working (shhh) I was watching old HBO boxing matches and George Foreman was announcing. I realized how much sense George made. he was not biased, wasn't a hater, just called the boxing match as was and gave some insight on what was going on. I think I was watching Carlos Hernandez vs. Mayweather Jr. (the match he broke his right hand)... and Foreman was doing a great job. HBO should bring back George, if Larry Merchant can still announce so could Foreman, any thoughts? Keep it clean
Romulus9
Foreman and Merchant had some great dialogue during fights.

I doubt Kellerman would even engage him. He might utter a couple of words but he'd absolutely concede every point to Foreman, whereas Merchant will argue every last single word with Foreman, right down to the very grammatical structure of what was being said.

With so many things going on with him, I don't know that Foreman would come back to HBO. That was part of the reason for the departure in the first place. If it could be worked out, I'd love to see George back at ringside.

One guy that I always thought did a great job with commentary is Kevin Kelley. He'll say whatever he feels like saying and that's far better than those who are obviously putting every sentence through the "does this offend [insert fighter/promoter here]" filter.
caneman
QUOTE (Romulus9 @ Aug 5 2011, 11:44 AM) *
Foreman and Merchant had some great dialogue during fights.

I doubt Kellerman would even engage him. He might utter a couple of words but he'd absolutely concede every point to Foreman, whereas Merchant will argue every last single word with Foreman, right down to the very grammatical structure of what was being said.

With so many things going on with him, I don't know that Foreman would come back to HBO. That was part of the reason for the departure in the first place. If it could be worked out, I'd love to see George back at ringside.

One guy that I always thought did a great job with commentary is Kevin Kelley. He'll say whatever he feels like saying and that's far better than those who are obviously putting every sentence through the "does this offend [insert fighter/promoter here]" filter.



I agree 110% especially on Kelley, he talks well enough to even do blow by blow IMO!
Eighty88Eight
i really miss Big George. I think leaving was his own choice though. I still remember his "I don't care if he's 6'12''" comment. I love that guy.
Cshel86
I remember Foreman and he was great! Im actually enjoying RJJ's commentary as well. For somebody to have been knocked as frequently as him, he sure does speak well, and I can trust his judgement and observation of fights. Kellerman is growing on me nowadays, because I was never a fan of his until recently. Bob Papa can go for all I care thumbsdown_anim.gif
Romulus9
I'd like to see HBO do a special retro show, complete with the old mid-80s graphics and music, the featurettes on each fighter, and with Barry Tompkins, Larry Merchant, and Sugar Ray Leonard calling the fight.

Miss the classic HBO broadcasts from the 80s. It gets NO BETTER.
Cshel86
QUOTE (Romulus9 @ Aug 5 2011, 02:36 PM) *
I'd like to see HBO do a special retro show, complete with the old mid-80s graphics and music, the featurettes on each fighter, and with Barry Tompkins, Larry Merchant, and Sugar Ray Leonard calling the fight.

Miss the classic HBO broadcasts from the 80s. It gets NO BETTER.

Hahahaha!!! I have seen a couple of those 80's HBO fights. Doing a retro show wouldn't be bad at all! Am I the only one who remember the late 90's and early 00's when HBO boxing used to play that softcore porn/soap opera music when the show was coming on or going off? Too funny! Bring Foreman back!
JONdaCON817
QUOTE (cshel86 @ Aug 5 2011, 01:28 PM) *
I remember Foreman and he was great! Im actually enjoying RJJ's commentary as well. For somebody to have been knocked as frequently as him, he sure does speak well, and I can trust his judgement and observation of fights. Kellerman is growing on me nowadays, because I was never a fan of his until recently. Bob Papa can go for all I care thumbsdown_anim.gif


i tend to disagree... Roy can be decent sometimes but recently i think all those KOs have been gettin to him.. he tends to slur his words alot more... he also tends to refer to himself in the 3rd person and compare EVERY fighter to himself.. like "Oh he has Roy Jones like speed, etc"

i also hate when he gives advice that he doesnt seem to follow.. i forget what fight i was watchin but he was griping at the guy for gettin KOd and it had me thinkin "Muh Fuccuh YOU need to quit gettin KOd".. smh
Cshel86
QUOTE (JONdaCON817 @ Aug 5 2011, 03:09 PM) *
i tend to disagree... Roy can be decent sometimes but recently i think all those KOs have been gettin to him.. he tends to slur his words alot more... he also tends to refer to himself in the 3rd person and compare EVERY fighter to himself.. like "Oh he has Roy Jones like speed, etc"

i also hate when he gives advice that he doesnt seem to follow.. i forget what fight i was watchin but he was griping at the guy for gettin KOd and it had me thinkin "Muh Fuccuh YOU need to quit gettin KOd".. smh

I can accept your opinion, but Im sure that we all prefer RJJ over Bob Papa any day. I haven't really heard him slurring, but he does tend to talk fast and stumble over his words sometimes. The fight that you may be referring to could be Martinez vs Dzinziruk or Garcia vs Guzman...cant really remember.
Method
QUOTE (Allmenjoi8 @ Aug 5 2011, 10:19 AM) *
As I was watching youtube when I was suppose to be working (shhh) I was watching old HBO boxing matches and George Foreman was announcing. I realized how much sense George made. he was not biased, wasn't a hater, just called the boxing match as was and gave some insight on what was going on. I think I was watching Carlos Hernandez vs. Mayweather Jr. (the match he broke his right hand)... and Foreman was doing a great job. HBO should bring back George, if Larry Merchant can still announce so could Foreman, any thoughts? Keep it clean

PREACH TO 'EM WHODINI...err...I mean....Melle Mel!!!!!!!!!!
BGv2.0
Joe Mesi should have really played his hand at commentary, the guy had good looks which the networks love and he was really very fluid....

STILL UNDEFEATED TOO!!!!!! thumbsup_anim.gif
Romulus9
QUOTE (Eighty88Eight @ Aug 5 2011, 12:56 PM) *
i really miss Big George. I think leaving was his own choice though. I still remember his "I don't care if he's 6'12''" comment. I love that guy.



The single greatest Foremanism of all-time is from the opening seconds of Jones-Ruiz:

"Tonight, the referee is going to be the most important man in the ring other than the fighters."
Mean Mister Mustard
During the DLH-Quartey fight either Merchant or Lampley mentioned that DLH wasn't throwing many punches, to which Foreman replied:

-Not much is a lot for Oscar De La Hoya, not much is a lot.

3 seconds of silence

Merchant- What does that mean George?
Allmenjoi8
QUOTE (Method @ Aug 5 2011, 06:58 PM) *
PREACH TO 'EM WHODINI...err...I mean....Melle Mel!!!!!!!!!!


Nice.... thumbsup_anim.gif
The Ollie Reed Fan Club
I've never really forgiven big George for calling the whole Toney/Barkley fight for Barkley until practically the last round. I do like his 'chemistry' with Merchant though.
JONdaCON817
The Man can sell a Grill.

Selling himself would be a cakewalk. He's easily well liked.
Warlord
QUOTE (Allmenjoi8 @ Aug 5 2011, 09:19 AM) *
As I was watching youtube when I was suppose to be working (shhh) I was watching old HBO boxing matches and George Foreman was announcing. I realized how much sense George made. he was not biased, wasn't a hater, just called the boxing match as was and gave some insight on what was going on. I think I was watching Carlos Hernandez vs. Mayweather Jr. (the match he broke his right hand)... and Foreman was doing a great job. HBO should bring back George, if Larry Merchant can still announce so could Foreman, any thoughts? Keep it clean

I agree. I always loved George. He always called a spade a spade, and would check guys like Larry and Jim when they would try to dump on fighters. Roy Jones versus John Ruiz being a perfect example.

I loved it when he would piss Merchant off by reminding him he'd never laced up a pair of gloves in his life.
thisneverworks
I agree. If it would also mean that Kellerman goes away, I really agree.

Kellerman just gets under my skin with his entire demeanor. There is nothing about him that I like.
Method
QUOTE (Warlord @ Aug 6 2011, 05:24 AM) *
I agree. I always loved George. He always called a spade a spade, and would check guys like Larry and Jim when they would try to dump on fighters. Roy Jones versus John Ruiz being a perfect example.

I loved it when he would piss Merchant off by reminding him he'd never laced up a pair of gloves in his life.

Hahaha. I love Big George too. I'd love for him to be back.

But he didnt ALWAYS call a spade a spade. He had an agenda sometimes. Not often, but sometimes. Man, he called Hopkins/Trinidad ALL wrong. Im jussayin.
The Ollie Reed Fan Club
QUOTE (Method @ Aug 6 2011, 10:03 AM) *
Hahaha. I love Big George too. I'd love for him to be back.

But he didnt ALWAYS call a spade a spade. He had an agenda sometimes. Not often, but sometimes. Man, he called Hopkins/Trinidad ALL wrong. Im jussayin.



Yep that's another one that reminded me of Toney/Barkley. It was like the whole fight he refused to accept that Hopkins was owning Trinidad and that at any moment Tito was going to spring in to life and dismantle Bernard. Sometimes Big George did have a hard time facing the facts.

Think I might go and watch this fight, right now.
Warlord
QUOTE (Method @ Aug 6 2011, 09:03 AM) *
Hahaha. I love Big George too. I'd love for him to be back.

But he didnt ALWAYS call a spade a spade. He had an agenda sometimes. Not often, but sometimes. Man, he called Hopkins/Trinidad ALL wrong. Im jussayin.

George always favored power punchers, no doubt about it, but him checking Larry and Lamps constantly made up for it.
Allmenjoi8
My favorite quote "This is not a parade this is boxing, get the win and go home" I loved it when George told Larry to shut up... Larry said nothing, oh if I could be a mind reader to know what Larry was thinking. The ultimate line up when be George Foreman, Kevin Kelly, and Teddy Atlas ( we all need an asshole in the mix).
The Ollie Reed Fan Club
Just watching an old fight tape and this classic Foreman/Merchant exchange from the Barkley/Toney fight.

Foreman, "the referree is being real generous not giving Iran Barkley a standing 8 count...................except there is no standing 8 count."

Merchant, "hence the generosity."
alaganza
Loved George. Especially when there were good body punchers in the ring and George would say "Oooh those body shots." Classic

A friend of mine had a chance to talk to Lampley after an HBO card. He told Lamps he really missed George and Lamps said "well I don't"
I thought that was quite intresting.
BGv2.0
Oh yeah...Lamps was then and still is very vocal about not liking George Foreman as a commentator....BUT...he sure liked him when he was busting back thugs at the Golota/Bowe match riot! lol


Method
In between round like 4/5 or 5/6 (or around there), Big George: "Hopkins is in his corner with his legs straight out! He's getting tired. That's not a good sign".

Like somewhere between 8/9 or 9/10, Larry: "George, why don't you wanna give Hopkins any credit".

I think the truth is - Hopkins and Big George had a little bit of beef before that, whether in the lead-up or past comments George had made about Hopkins and questionable tactics. I know Hopkins took some verbal shots at George before and after "why would you trust a guy who would name all of his sons George?".

I guess with the recent record thing, it appears they've laxed a bit, as they seemed very respectful of one another.

I'd love to have Foreman, Merchant and Lampley back. dysFUNctional times!
daprofessor
i'll take big george over any of the current pencil necks. he was the real deal. even when he got it wrong...he spoke truth.
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