41 Things You Forgot About ‘The Contender’

According to NBC promotional materials, this Saturday night’s doubleheader headlined by Keith Thurman vs. Robert Guerrero brings live boxing back to the Peacock in prime time for the first time in more than 30 years. What this number says to me is that NBC should hire a new research team.


It was less than 10 years ago that Sergio Mora took on Peter Manfredo Jr. on the live finale of The Contender, the boxing-based reality series that debuted March 7, 2005, 10 years ago this Saturday. You would think someone working for NBC — perhaps, say, the color commentator for Thurman-Guerrero, who was also one of the color commentators for Mora-Manfredo, a fellow by the name of Sugar Ray Leonard — would remember this.


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