Author Archives: Bernard Fernandez

Springs Toledo’s “Murderers’ Row” a Poignant Tale of Triumph and Tragedy

Springs Toledo’s “Murderers’ Row” a Poignant Tale of Triumph and Tragedy

The best, most enthralling books, be they fiction or non-fiction, of necessity must engage readers in at least one of two ways. One is the subject matter, which ideally is compelling enough to create enough interest to make someone want to continue to turn pages from the first to the last. The other...

The May-Mac Promo Tour: An Orgy for the Clueless and the Classless

The May-Mac Promo Tour: An Orgy for the Clueless and the Classless

And so it’s finally over. That would be the four-day, four-city, three-country, two-continent promotional blitz clearly designed to hype a bogus event by stirring the most abhorrent passions of tens of thousands of the clueless and the classless to a flaming crash alongside the pay-per-view hig...

Former Heavyweight Champ Chris Byrd Sizes Up the Cruiserweight Tourney

Former Heavyweight Champ Chris Byrd Sizes Up the Cruiserweight Tourney

At just 46 years of age, two-time former heavyweight champion Chris Byrd (pictured with Don King following his 2002 victory over Evander Holyfield) is a broken man. Literally. “I’m paying a price for having fought as a heavyweight,” the 6-1½ Byrd, a silver medalist for the United States...

How the ‘Omega Project’ Got Holyfield Ready for Qawi – and, ultimately, Tyson

How the ‘Omega Project’ Got Holyfield Ready for Qawi – and, ultimately, Tyson

They could have called it something else. They could have just said it was a more intensive, non-traditional type of training without attaching a fancy label to the different direction they wanted to take the 1984 Olympic bronze medalist. But Evander Holyfield’s management team dubbed the new stra...

Better Boxing Through Chemistry? The Fight Over PEDs Never Really Ends

Better Boxing Through Chemistry? The Fight Over PEDs Never Really Ends

He’s baaack. Well, that assertion is not really correct. Victor Conte, the disgraced founder of the Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative (BALCO) that was the focal point of the sports world’s steroid scandal in the early 2000s, hasn’t just recently repositioned himself as a public figure. He’...

Al Bernstein a Winner on ESPN’s PacMan-Horn Coverage, and He Wasn’t Even There

Al Bernstein a Winner on ESPN’s PacMan-Horn Coverage, and He Wasn’t Even There

Ho-hum. Another night (or afternoon) of boxing, another slew of controversies that serve to sully the sport’s credibility at a critical juncture when most signs were pointing toward an upswing in popularity and the quality of the product itself. It’s like the reverse of a familiar saying: every ...

Is Manny Pacquiao Still a Leading Man, or Entering His Character Actor Phase?

Is Manny Pacquiao Still a Leading Man, or Entering His Character Actor Phase?

In some respects, future Hall of Fame boxers on a career downturn are like leading ladies who are obliged to make the transition to character roles once the aging process inevitably detracts from their drop-dead-gorgeous looks. Probably no one has thought to compare the Manny Pacquiao of 2017 to ...

If You Can’t Stand the Heat, Stay Out of the Ring

If You Can’t Stand the Heat, Stay Out of the Ring

BOXING IN DANTE’S INFERNO -- Harry S Truman, the 33rd President of the United States, had a lot of pet phrases, probably the most enduring being “the buck stops here.” But there is another of good ol’ Harry’s sayings that has become part of the popular culture and is especially appropriate...

In Boxing, David Beating Goliath is Not Such a Rarity

In Boxing, David Beating Goliath is Not Such a Rarity

There is a saying in football that “good and big beats good and little.” That’s usually true, but, as in the case with almost everything in life, there are exceptions to widely accepted rules. If not, why is there also a saying that “good things come in small packages”? The second truism i...

Mayweather-McGregor: As Always, Follow The Money

Mayweather-McGregor: As Always, Follow The Money

OK, so I was wrong. I have been wrong before. But on those occasions when I did offer a prediction that turned out to be incorrect, it was usually made for the right reason, or what I believed to be the right reason. In this instance, I should have used an adding machine instead of logic before m...