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The Commish:

"He came in at 144.4, took off his magic stone and still came in .2 over. Went backstage did some frustrated work and weighed in at 143.6. He's going to be pummeled pilar to post by Pac tonight, we've already started the festivities for today's fights this side of the pond. Did have a good laugh at Chris' expense.. He spent so much watching his diet to the gram and still came in heavy!!"


I think you guys are making way too much of Algieri coming in overweight. It wasn't four pounds over. It wasn't two pounds over. It was 2/10 of a pound!

Two/tenths of a pound!

It was a urinal stop over. A long urinal stop...he lost 6/10 of a pound!

Stop making a big deal of Algieri being overweight.

If Pacquiao wins tonight--that's IF--I really want you guys to call into the show and talk to Gerry Cooney & The Shadow on the SiriusXM post-fight special.

The toll-free number is 1-866-522-2846.

And while you're talking to Cooney and The Shadow, you might as well take some shots at me.

I'd deserve it.

But when Algieri wins--that's WHEN--I still want you to call in and tell me you should have listened and bet that early heavy line on C-Al.

Let the partying begin!

-Randy G.

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The Commish:

"I'm with the TSS crew,..... Another stink-fest like the Provodnikov encounter will not be rewarded in China. Folks aren't buying tickets to see a track meet. The gap in boxing skills is too wide.
Pacquioa wins a lackluster contest by UD.

The undercard looks decent..... Too bad Rigo's opponent dropped out...but the Lomanchenko bout looks interesting."


The Lomachenko-Pirayapinyo fight looks to be tremendous. The highly-touted V-Lo is 2-1 as a pro an already a world champion. His 29-year-old Thai opponent is 52-1, his only loss coming against then-unbeaten champ Chris John over two years ago.

You will see the boxing skills of the multi-faceted southpaw V-Lo at their ultimate best. He must stay busy and come at the hard-hitting Pirayapinyo (33 KO's) from angles, never giving him a chance to set up.

Yes, this one could very well be the best fight on the card.

-Randy G.

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Radam G:

Wow! In this trillion-dollar gambling M-Island, Da Manny, aka 3m, is going to knock C-Al da double fudge out early. Enjoy the Macau Massacre.

Sorry, but this will be no Sin City stinkfest of Money May. C-Al is not that fast. And Da Manny/3m is no Chino. Da Manny/3m is going to do much than knock out one C-Al's teeth filling. Holla!

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The Commish:

This certainly is a fine idea, put into play by a boxing executive who cares in Melvina Lathan.

"We know that nothing beats education, but so many of our young fighters come from backgrounds which do not encourage higher education," said Lathan,who, herself holds seversal degrees. "Our program will strive to get more education for those who seek to better themselves. Even for young men and women who become champions, higher education is always a plus, helping all of them out when their fighting careers have come to an end."

I had the pleasure of meeting Allan H. Dobrin, the Executive Vice Chancellor and COO of CUNY. Mr. Dobrin and I chatted for around 15 minutes, and during that time, he told me that one of his dreams as a young fight fan back in the '60's was to become head of the New York State Athletic Commission.

"That's how into boxing I am," said Mr. Dobrin.

He told me of some of his favorite fights and fighters.

One of his favorites is Gerry Cooney.

I invited Mr. Dobrin to the SiriusXM studio to sit in on one of my shows. There, he'll be able to meet my co-host. He smiled like a kid in a toy store, being told "pick any toy you want."

Mr. Dobrin loves boxing and watches it religiously.

Young fighters who are seeking to further their education are fortunate there are people like Melvina Lathan, Yvonne Williams, Bryan Adams and Allan Dobrin in this world.

-Randy G.

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Skibbz:

He came in at 144.4, took off his magic stone and still came in .2 over. Went backstage did some frustrated work and weighed in at 143.6. He's going to be pummeled pilar to post by Pac tonight, we've already started the festivities for today's fights this side of the pond. Did have a good laugh at Chris' expense.. He spent so much watching his diet to the gram and still came in heavy!!

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Carmine Cas:

"Or is it a ploy being used to gain leverage in the Canelo negotiations?"

Most likely the latter but I wouldn't doubt the former either LOL. He talks so much syet, it's hilarious, sometimes it hold ground but not always lol.

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brownsugar:

Or is it a ploy being used to gain leverage in the Canelo negotiations?

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brownsugar:

I'm with the TSS crew,..... Another stink-fest like the Provodnikov encounter will not be rewarded in China. Folks aren't buying tickets to see a track meet. The gap in boxing skills is too wide.
Pacquioa wins a lackluster contest by UD.

The undercard looks decent..... Too bad Rigo's opponent dropped out...but the Lomanchenko bout looks interesting.

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brownsugar:

I don't think there's any substitute for learning how to fight at an early age.

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amayseng:

CA does NOT sit down to put someone out.

come on RG educate these guys on the different types of punches..

CA pushes his punches at the end, Pac snaps his...

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Radam G:

"I like Algieri, I even put money on it, but not much....I think there's alot of weight on Pacquiao's shoulders, that is not accounted on scales of pounds and ounces...yeah, Algieri could choke, but I don't think he's the choking kind. Again, Algieri by stoppage, a long way from home, but in a comfortable place to make a major matriculation."

Hehehehehe! You got jokes and "High Hopes!" The stuff must be contagious from the Commish. Da Manny has high spirit and your boy C-Al is spooked. In less than two rounds he will zzzzzzzzzzzzzzing. Holla!

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The Commish:

If he looks anything like he looked against Mike Perez, he doesn't want either Bermane Stiverne or Deontay Wilder in front of him next!

-Randy G.

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Buzz Murdock:

I like Algieri, I even put money on it, but not much....I think there's alot of weight on Pacquiao's shoulders, that is not accounted on scales of pounds and ounces...yeah, Algieri could choke, but I don't think he's the choking kind. Again, Algieri by stoppage, a long way from home, but in a comfortable place to make a major matriculation.

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stormcentre:

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And the reason for that is, Pacquiao needs an opponent with a back story, which Chris definitely has. I also believe Bob Arum feels that he has to be careful regarding who he puts Pacquiao in with. And the perfect opponent is one that lacks experience and big power, but one who can capture the imagination of new boxing fans and not get blown out in a round or two.



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I respect his work and what he has accomplished as a boxer and title holder, but in an earlier era, I don't think Pacquiao-Algieri would go over as a PPV attraction. But it does today because Mayweather and Pacquiao have conditioned the public to accept every time they fight it's assumed it's PPV and that signifies their opponent is worthy.





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I would add that Pacquiao-Algieri does pass as a PPV attraction today because Top Rank, as a business and commercial animal, know what they're doing.



Top Rank have always sought to capture and control the market/talent, and they're successful doing it.



My personal take on Algieri's involvement in this fight is that there was no one else within Top Rank's stable that was available, had the marketability and was not perceived as a genuinely serious threat despite the upset of Ruslan.



Still, the outcome of this fight will be as interesting for the boxing landscape as it will be for that of this forum and perhaps the New York boxing scene.

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The Commish:

Yes, it was an excellent piece, serving as a reminder how much the sport we love has to be regulated. There is never a time I watch a fight where I don't think about the inherent and obvious risks. Far too many of the boxers who fought pre-2000 are already slurring their words. I cringe when I hear them and as I listen to them. Yet, for many of them, I was ringside when they fought. I even gave them their license to box. I sanctioned them to box. And I loved every moment of their fights. Yet, I knew what fate awaited them.



This is boxing. This is our sport. We each accept our inevitable fate. We live for the moment. I pray for every fighter I have ever watched and rooted for. I pray for every fighter I will watch down the road and will root for.



Ring the bell. I'm ready to watch my next boxing match, always with a silent prayer for the warrior that I am rooting for.



-Randy G.

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The Commish:

I just got off the air. To my understanding, Algieri weighed 144.2 instead of 144. Is that correct?



-Randy G.

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Radam G:

"You’re talking way too much smack. What are you nervous about?"

Hehehe! I always talk much smack. And I ain't no hypocrite like nurse fatty. Having butterflies come with the territory. As Cus d'Amato said, it is how you use that nervousness -- as fear or as fire.

We use our as fire. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YGppscwS0TQ. And we are going torch and scorch some arse. Holla!

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mortcola:

"Socky -- I mean Rocky -- made the weight. And is suspicious wrongly about the haps with the scales. He ought to quit. He is just working his optical illusions for his BIG excuse after he get Pac-KTFO. Holla!"

You’re talking way too much smack. What are you nervous about?

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Radam G:

Socky -- I mean Rocky -- made the weight. And is suspicious wrongly about the haps with the scales. He ought to quit. He is just working his optical illusions for his BIG excuse after he get Pac-KTFO. Holla!

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Radam G:

"Maybe he's been training with Robert Garcia..."

In the past, he has trained at "Grandpa" Rob's boxing academy gym as a sparringmates for Chino and Bam Bam. Holla!

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Radam G:

"Algieri looked a lot like I expected, out of focus and nervoused by the occassion. The nurse didn't make weight...? Radam what did you feed him?!?"

Early, early in the morning. And C-Al is off in up in day cranium and buggin.'

I told you guys that. He is a rich-kid con man and excuse searcher/maker.

He missed weight deliberately searching for an excuse that the Chinese are cheating for Da Manny from this to that and even the weight in.

C-Al, the nutrition nurse is a mess and full of stress. He is as paranoid as a chicken walking away from a butcher. you ought check out his chicken and dead-man walk.

To try to get rid of his intense and immense stress, dude over stuffed himself on walnuts, dark chocolate Hershey candy Bars , spinach and salmon.

All that is good but you cannot be going willy nilly. My boy Jermaine Jacksun of the great crooning Jackson Family are really shaking up C-Al. He will have a heckuva story for his homie when he get back to the Empire State. Holla!

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Pazuzu:

"Algieri looked a lot like I expected, out of focus and nervoused by the occassion. The nurse didn't make weight...? Radam what did you feed him?!?"

Maybe he's been training with Robert Garcia...

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Skibbz:

He was thrown off by the size of the stage. It's one thing to talk the talk before you put the weight on your shoulders but it's not so easy when it's on your back. He's cracking and it a pacquiao stoppage to me is looking likely.

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Froggy:

"Oh yeah, I forgot to say something funny that he has a degree in nutrition and still missed the weight. Come on man! Be professional!"



You are right, but it's a little bit too late to be professional now !

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deepwater2:

"Algieri looked a lot like I expected, out of focus and nervoused by the occassion. The nurse didn't make weight...? Radam what did you feed him?!?"



Oh yeah, I forgot to say something funny that he has a degree in nutrition and still missed the weight. Come on man! Be professional!

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sumopop:

Thanks, Yomi. This is David Phillips, the author of the piece. I appreciate it.

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deepwater2:

"Algieri looked a lot like I expected, out of focus and nervoused by the occassion. The nurse didn't make weight...? Radam what did you feed him?!?"



Oh boy. Not a good sign for CA. He was bragging that he was eating Salmon or something earlier and was on weight. Coach Lane should of been paying attention to the scale and his fighter rather than making outrages statements like they will stop and retire Manny P.

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Froggy:

I have no moral dilemma about watching the sport I love to watch ! If I was making money off the boxers blood and sweat and I was not doing something to help them when they could not continue to make me money, then I would not be able to sleep at night ! Two of my favorite boxers are in bad shape, Benitez is in terrible shape, Ali is in physically bad shape but at least his brain is fine and he said sometime ago he has no regrets about being a boxer ! It's about time they are doing smething about a pension and the people in California should go to jail !

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deepwater2:

Good work.

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yomi:

Very good read.

I drifted away from Boxing in the 90s after a series of tragic endings to fights that I felt "close to":

Benn-McClellan (I was there that night),

Bradley Stone (prospect from my side of London who died two days after his first British title fight)

Spencer Oliver (blood clot on brain after European title fight. I trained at his gym for a while, we even sparred together a few times.)



But I came back because, in spite of the moral dilemma, Boxing still makes a lot of sense (especially in the inner cities), and also because "I love to watch them fight too".

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