A new edition of : “Things I Can Live Without” by Al Bernstein
Jul 07 2014 4:24 PM
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In this edition:

Totally dismissing Gary Russell Jr.
Instant negative analysis of boxing cards.
Different names for weight divisions.

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The Commish says:

You are on the money–as usual–Al.

I wasn't picking Chris Algieri because he comes from Long Island (like me). I wasn't picking with my heart. I was picking with my head when I said Algieri would outpoint Ruslan Provodnikov. Posters here and listeners to my SiriusXM show told me I was “not thinking straight” and “rooting for my friend” as I picked Algieri. I tried to tell everyone that if I thought Algieri was going to lose, I'd say so. But going into that fight, far too many fans, who had never seen Algieri in action, picked Provodnikov to win, and to win one-sidedly. They had seen the record of Algieri, saw he wasn't a KO hitter and therefore had nothing to keep Provodnikov off of him.

Fans basically did the same thing when Paulie Malignaggi signed to face Adrien Broner. It was going to be a one-sided blowout, they summized. Guess what? It wasn't.

Oh, and those weight divisions. They have been driving me crazy for years. I've been in this sport for, well, a long time, and still don't know what to call a 140-pounder. Is he a jr. welterweight, a light welterweight or a super lightweight? Is a 154-pounder a super welterweight, a light middleweight or a jr. middleweight? Help!!!

Just come up with a name and go with it. I'll call it whatever you want. But it's really time every division had one name, and one name only.

-Randy G.

deepwater2 says:

The Commish did pick Chris A as soon as the fight was signed. I couldn't see why. One thing I can now say is Chris A has heart to go along with his boxing skills. Its a shame he only made $100,000 for a championship fight.

The Commish says:

[QUOTE=The Commish;57593]You are on the money–as usual–Al.

I wasn't picking Chris Algieri because he comes from Long Island (like me). I wasn't picking with my heart. I was picking with my head when I said Algieri would outpoint Ruslan Provodnikov. Posters here and listeners to my SiriusXM show told me I was “not thinking straight” and “rooting for my friend” as I picked Algieri. I tried to tell everyone that if I thought Algieri was going to lose, I'd say so. But going into that fight, far too many fans, who had never seen Algieri in action, picked Provodnikov to win, and to win one-sidedly. They had seen the record of Algieri, saw he wasn't a KO hitter and therefore had nothing to keep Provodnikov off of him.

Fans basically did the same thing when Paulie Malignaggi signed to face Adrien Broner. It was going to be a one-sided blowout, they summized. Guess what? It wasn't.

Oh, and those weight divisions. They have been driving me crazy for years. I've been in this sport for, well, a long time, and still don't know what to call a 140-pounder. Is he a jr. welterweight, a light welterweight or a super lightweight? Is a 154-pounder a super welterweight, a light middleweight or a jr. middleweight? Help!!!

Just come up with a name and go with it. I'll call it whatever you want. But it's really time every division had one name, and one name only.

-Randy G.[/QUOTE]

Well, Deep, Chris has apparently been offered a fight against Manny Pacquiao in Macau for $1 million. I am happy for him.

-Randy G.

Radam G says:

[QUOTE=The Commish;57673]Well, Deep, Chris has apparently been offered a fight against Manny Pacquiao in Macau for $1 million. I am happy for him.

-Randy G.[/QUOTE]

Hehehe! Commish, you just pull a Radam G — Me. You hollered @ your own post. But you meant to holla at D2's post. BTW! Until the mil-dolla' contract is signed, sealed and delivered, the offer is just playing a game. You know Da Bobfather. He has a strategy going on and tricks up his sleeves. He can and does pull more optical illusions than a 1,001 magicians.

And, BTW, wassup with the pugvine buzzing about all the injuries that C-Al suffered? Word in Manila is that he is damage goods. Holla!