Marv Albert Coming Back to Boxing, on NBC

One of America’s legendary broadcast voices, Marv Albert, will serve as blow-by-blow announcer for Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) on NBC, it was announced today. Albert will be joined by analyst “Sugar” Ray Leonard for the debut of PBC on NBC in primetime Saturday, March 7 at 8:30 p.m. ET on NBC. Al Michaels will host. Albert will team with six-time world champion and 1976 Olympic gold medalist Leonard on all 11 of the 2015 NBC broadcasts of the Premier Boxing Champions. He previously called boxing on NBC from 1980-2003. Albert’s debut PBC on NBC boxing show on NBC features a pair of blockbuster bouts — Keith Thurman vs. Robert Guerrero, and Adrien Broner vs. John Molina Jr. — live from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

“I’m so thrilled to be part of boxing’s primetime return to NBC, where I’ve had the good fortune to have been ringside for the call of so many exciting moments,” Albert said.

The March 7 primetime debut of the PBC on NBC is the first major boxing match on NBC in primetime since Monday, May 20, 1985. That telecast featured Larry Holmes vs. Carl (The Truth) Williams. Albert also called that fight.

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COMMENTS

-The Commish :

I served as NBC's "Statistical Producer" for their boxing events at that time, sitting next to Marv Albert & Dr. Ferdie Pacheco for all of NBC's fights. Albert is one of the best blow-by-blow announcers boxing has ever had, and I am sure he and Sugar Ray Leonard will make an exceptional team. I can't wait for the "PBC on NBC" to begin. -Randy G.


-stormcentre :

If the "Ferdie Pacheco" that you're talking about is the same guy that was Ali's doctor and corner-man; that guy is pretty funny with his dry and direct comments. Not afraid to call a spade a spade and an idiot and idiot.


-The Commish :

If the "Ferdie Pacheco" that you're talking about is the same guy that was Ali's doctor and corner-man; that guy is pretty funny with his dry and direct comments. Not afraid to call a spade a spade and an idiot and idiot.
Yep. That Ferdie Pacheco! -Randy G.


-stormcentre :

Thought so.


-stormcentre :

Actually I think Ferdie got to work in SRR's corner at one time didn't he? For a less than 10 round fight?


-The Commish :

Dr. Pacheco always spoke his mind. However, in the late 1970's, when Dr. Pacheco told Muhammad Ali he should consider retirement, and hounded Angelo Dundee on a regular basis about it, Dundee fired him from Ali's camp! -Randy G.


-stormcentre :

I read something about that . . . but I still think (can't remember where I heard it) Ferdie actually was a corner-man for Sugar Ray Robinson at one stage. Perhaps, if you can't confirm, I will have to think about it and come back to it.


-The Commish :

From working with Dr. Pacheco at NBC, I heard many of his stories 20 times, but I never heard any of him working with Sugar Ray Robinson. Dr. Pacheco lived in and around the Miami area, where his passion for boxing took him to the 5th Street Gym in the early 1960's, where he became close friends with Angelo Dundee and his young heavyweight, Cassius Clay. The relationship grew, and Dundee kept Pacheco around, working with many of his fighters, tending to their cuts, nicks, bruises and various injuries. He was always an advocate for fighter safety, and would constantly advise a fighter if he thought it was time for that fighter to hang up the gloves. He and Marv Albert teamed up through the 1980's, and were NBC's equivalent to CBS' boxing team of Tim Ryan and Gil Clancy. As a boxing commentator, Pacheco was good, but was made to look even better, simply by his association with the sensational Marv Albert. Leonard, too, will benefit from being around Marv. In fact, I think Leonard will be better than ever because of his age, his knowledge, his maturity, his comfort level on camera and his being the on-camera sidekick to one of the best sportscasters who has ever put on a headset! -Randy G.


-stormcentre :

Yep - fair enough. Check this out then . . .
->https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wM_W4x3OtAI At the 3.30 minutes mark onwards. Sounds like Ferdie is saying he did a 6 rounder with/for SRR?


-Domenic :

Ferdie worked with Steve Albert (Marv's brother) and Bobby Czyz throughout virtually the entire 90's and early 2000's as the commentary team for Showtime. Great era and Showtime had some super cards then. You can YouTube tons of those great fights. If I recall in Hauser's Ali biography, Ferdie left after the Shavers fight and urged Ali to quit after Manila. He disagreed vehemently with a doctor that was treating Ali during that time, treatment that he deemed malpractice. This culminated with Ali on thyroid medication for the Holmes fight. Ferdie had left and obviously wasn't part of the camp for that, but claimed to be privy to the goings-on, and asserted that those meds are what rendered him such an empty shell that awful night.


-The Commish :

Very true, Domenic. Ali was not only on a thyroid medication, but a diet pill, as well. That, coupled with the fact he was going on 39, while Holmes was a still-fresh 30 and at the top of his game, attributed to the fact Ali took the worst beating of his career in that fight. Even though Pacheco had been out of the Ali camp for several years, he was still close with Ali, Dundee and all of Ali's entourage. He continually pleaded with and urged Ali to continue, but Ali didn't want to hear it. It took one more fight--in 1981 against Trevor Berbick--which Ali lost by a one-sided decision, to finally hang up his gloves. It was around six years, 10 fights and hundreds of rounds too late! -Randy G.


-Radam G :

Ferdie worked with Steve Albert (Marv's brother) and Bobby Czyz throughout virtually the entire 90's and early 2000's as the commentary team for Showtime. Great era and Showtime had some super cards then. You can YouTube tons of those great fights. If I recall in Hauser's Ali biography, Ferdie left after the Shavers fight and urged Ali to quit after Manila. He disagreed vehemently with a doctor that was treating Ali during that time, treatment that he deemed malpractice. This culminated with Ali on thyroid medication for the Holmes fight. Ferdie had left and obviously wasn't part of the camp for that, but claimed to be privy to the goings-on, and asserted that those meds are what rendered him such an empty shell that awful night.
Ditto! No doubt! I definitely believe that the good Dr. P is spot on. Holla!


-Radam G :

Dr. Pacheco always spoke his mind. However, in the late 1970's, when Dr. Pacheco told Muhammad Ali he should consider retirement, and hounded Angelo Dundee on a regular basis about it, Dundee fired him from Ali's camp! -Randy G.
WOW! Oftentimes the truth is protected by a bodyguard of lies. I was always told that the good doctor resigned. Even he told me that. But the truth and even fibs are shifty in our sport. Holla!


-Radam G :

Yep - fair enough. Check this out then . . .
->https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wM_W4x3OtAI At the 3.30 minutes mark onwards. Sounds like Ferdie is saying he did a 6 rounder with/for SRR?
Nice, NICE stuff! Holla!