Hey, fans! Welcome to “Ask Gerry Cooney,” where you get to ask former heavyweight contender “Gentleman” Gerry Cooney any boxing-related question you’d like. Your questions for Gerry’s review will be featured at Maxboxing.com every Thursday morning.
Each week, Gerry will answer as many of your questions as he can on the SiriusXM radio show, “Friday Night at The Fights,” a show that Gerry co-hosts with Randy “The Commish” Gordon, the former Chairman of the New York State Athletic Commission.
The show airs every Friday on Sirius channel 92 and XM channel 208 from 6 – 8 p.m., Eastern Standard Time.
[Editor’s note: Listeners, please take note. “Friday Night at the Fights” was previously broadcast on Sirius channel 94.]
Our first question this week comes from Danny G., who asks:
Gerry, Bob Arum said that after the Manny Pacquiao/Juan Manuel Marquez fight, Brandon Rios will more than likely face “Pac-Man” next. How do you see that fight going and, also, do you think Rios is the guy who could bull his way through Floyd Mayweather’s defense and take him out?
Our next question comes from Victor G., who asks:
Gerry, our Olympic boxing team seemed to be a disaster at the games. What do you think needs to be done to make us the dominant amateur force we once were?
Gerry answered the following questions on last week’s show:
Our first question came from Kenny P., who asked:
Hi, Gerry. I heard you guys discussing the difference in ring size on the show last week and I have a similar question. Why isn’t there a standard size glove used in all professional boxing matches and should there be?
Gerry explained that although smaller fighters might not have trouble with eight-ounce gloves, heavier fighters would never be able to get them on and that is the reason for the difference.
Our next question came from Charlie P., who asked:
Gerry, Saul Alvarez continues to dominate his opponents and I’ve heard you say in the past that he still had a lot of areas to be worked on. Do you feel that those areas are improving based on the fighter he is today?
Gerry feels that Alvarez has definitely continued to improve and that he is a force to be reckoned with. That said, Gerry doesn’t feel he’s ready for elite fighters like Floyd Mayweather.