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 Last update:  2/22/2011       Read more by Lem Satterfield         
   
Robert Garcia Fires Back at Max Kellerman's Comments
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By Lem Satterfield

A former IBF super featherweight champion who compiled a record of 35-3 with 25 knockouts, trainer, Robert Garcia, recently worked the corner of former WBA interim super flyweight titlist Nonito Donaire (26-1, 18 knockouts) for last Saturday's HBO-televised, Top Rank Promotions second-round knockout of WBO and WBC bantamweight king Fernando Montiel (44-3-2, 34 KOs).

Garcia also works the corner of ex-welterweight king Antonio Margarito, rising lightweight star Brandon Rios and unbeaten featherweight contender Miguel "Mikey" Garcia.

Just prior to Donaire's stoppage of Montiel, HBO's ringside analyst, Max Kellerman, apparently upset Garcia with his assessment of the trainer's resume.

"I hope Max sees this. When we were walking to the room where they were going to do the meetings with the fighters on the day of the weigh-in, Max tells me 'so Robert, how do you feel to be with the A-level fighter now, you're always with the B-level.' I was like 'what are you talking about? Brandon is not A-level? My brother, Margarito is not A-level?' Even though he lost to Pacquiao, he's still A-level. The f**ker tells me 'does it feel to be in an A-level fight now, in the A-level corner.' [Kellerman] is B-level," Garcia told FanHouse. 

"[Manager] Cameron [Dunkin got mad too. He was like 'what the f**k is this f**ker talking about?' And then after the interview, I guess he must of felt bad. He came up to me and Cameron and said 'guys, you should bring Brandon back to HBO.' Cameron was like 'that's not happening, he's with Showtime now.' And then after the fight, before the [Doniare post-fight] interview and [HBO] started taping - he tells me the same thing again - 'you're A-level now.'"

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comment by New England, on 02-23-2011
well to be fair to kellerman he's not too far off in his assessment of garcia's stable. he's got a lot of talent working with him, and he has the makings of a great trainer down the road if his fighters can make it to the top and have good runs there. rios is largely unproven margarito isnt wha...

comment by BaDaBiNgVIP, on 02-23-2011
I agree with Max's comment and also agree with the reaction Garcia had. He didn't have to respond but he did and defended his fighters. Even though i dont think there topnotch, he still had his fighters back and defended them, thats what any good trainer would do. back his fighters.

comment by taansend, on 02-22-2011
I can see why Garcia would be upset but I can also see what Kellerman meant. By 'A' level he meant top five or so (I think). I don't think he actually meant to slur Garcia's other fighters. Rios is a very good prospect, Margarito has had a decent career & there are a few other good guys coming...

comment by shovamp, on 02-22-2011
[QUOTE=Luilun]Robert Garcia should of fired back and stated you know you only have this job cause your Jewish how does that Make you feel Max ?[/QUOTE] Haha, for real.

comment by Freedom., on 02-22-2011
[QUOTE=Phil Ivey]lets be honest here... what Max is saying is correct, Brandon Rios hasn't proven himself yet and Margarito hasn't done anything post plaster.[/QUOTE] But Max has no social tact. There's some things which are best left unspoken, it's just social common sense. I remember ...

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