Ken Hershman of HBO Sports had this to say in a release about the passing of Hall of Fame trainer and HBO boxing analyst Emanuel Steward, who has worked with the company since 2001:
"There are no adequate words to describe the enormous degree of sadness and loss we feel at HBO Sports with the tragic passing of Manny Steward. For more than a decade, Manny was a respected colleague who taught us so much not only about the sweet science but also about friendship and loyalty. His energy, enthusiasm and bright smile were a constant presence. Ten bells do not seem enough to mourn his passing. His contributions to the sport and to HBO will never be forgotten. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family."
Steward will be best-remembered as a legendary trainer, one of the most accomplished in all of boxing history, but I think he'll also be remembered as a fine commentator. I know his diction wasn't perfect, and I know he would often hilariously declare someone looking great within 30 seconds of the first round, but Emanuel had personality, and he cared. Some of his most memorable moments were his calls during great fights.
Here are some of his best calls.
Gatti-Ward, Round 9
Toney-Jirov, Round 12
Berto-Ortiz, Round 6