Tuesday, September 9, 2008

No Max

This week we've got Andre Berto and Fightnews' Flattop.

A quick look behind the scenes -- I book my own guests. I have never had any luck booking HBO talent, other than Jim Lampley, who I go to directly.

This week I put in a request to interview Max Kellerman. I wanted to talk to him about his comments at the end of last week's broadcast where he stated that the judging was so bad it had to be corrupt. Also, I figured he could comment on this weekend's Casamayor - Marquez PPV event, even though he's not working that show.

I emailed my request to HBO. But instead of forwarding my request to Max, the PR rep accidentally hit reply with the question, "Should we decline?" I responded, that they should not decline but should gladly accept. Failing to find the humor in the situation or the faux pas, I received a reply four minutes later saying there was a schedule conflict. That's it.

I've liked Max since I used to watch him on Manhattan Public Access when he was a 16 year old kid. However, unless I contact him directly (or he gets in touch with me), don't look for him on Through the Ropes any time soon.

7 comments:

Justin Hackman said...

That is funny. However, I disagree with one point, Marc: HBO indeed has a sense of humor, they hired Lennox Lewis as a commentator.

Marc said...

They've repeatedly refused to make Lennox available as well.

Justin Hackman said...

I feel bad for Lennox actually. It has gotta be one tough job. I hope you continue to try to get Max though. I would like to hear him talk candidly.

Jeremy from California said...

I agree with Justin, you should continue to try to get Kellerman on your show. He's a very good guest for shows like yours where he can relax and speak his mind.
Hopefully you will be able to get past the PR hacks... er, I mean reps and talk to the man directly.

Bill from Chicago said...

HBO is great because it covers boxing but it has many flaws in its organization. It would help to look elsewhere besides Golden Boy Productions for fighters. Its seems that is the one well that HBO will go back to time and time again (granted, I know that there are exceptions to that statement.) That is too funny about the Max email reply. I listen to Max's podcasts all the time - the guy hardly ever talks boxing on his own radio show. It is all Yankees/Giants all the time with him. I am guessing he would have enjoyed a place to actually talk boxing, since he has made comments that the management team doesn't want him to talk to much about boxing. Too bad, because I would think he would have some really interesting things to comment on about the current state of affairs in boxing. Better luck next time. Marc, you need to get his direct email if you are going to get him on the show. Lennox Lewis is terrible. Bring back Big George Foreman, he said some goofy stuff but how can one not love George. They need to get Nate Campbell as their new guy to replace Lewis. That man can talk.

Anonymous said...

Hey Marc you can always call Max Kellerman Radio Show on ESPN Weekdays 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m New York EST anonymously he takes callers himself.

Marc said...

He should call me. I'm Marc Lichtenfeld, dammit!