History of boxing expert weighs in on Saturday (May 2) Mayweather vs. Pacquiao fight

April 29, 2015  

Randy Roberts

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Randy Roberts, distinguished professor of history, can talk about how the Saturday (May 2) Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao matchup will be remembered in history. Roberts, an American sports historian, also can discuss the state of boxing. 

Roberts teaches a class on boxing history, and he is the author of "Joe Louis: Hard Times Man," "Jack Dempsey: The Manassa Mauler," "Papa Jack: Jack Johnson and the Era of White Hopes" and "Heavy Justice: The State of Indiana v. Michael G. Tyson." He also was featured in an HBO documentary "Joe Louis: America's Hero ... Betrayed," which aired in 2008 and the award-winning Ken Burns documentary "Unforgivable Blackness." 

Roberts has made more than 50 appearances on television documentaries and films in the past 20 years for the History Channel, ESPN Classic, HBO, BBC, PBS, E!TV and on the ABC, CBS and NBC networks. As a pop culture historian, he often is quoted in national media and appears on nationally syndicated radio shows. He is a regular on History Channel's "Reel To Real," and he also served as a consultant and on-camera expert for the Emmy-Award winning series "10 Days that Unexpectedly Changed America." 

Writer: Amy Patterson Neubert, 765-494-9723, apatterson@purdue.edu

Source: Randy Roberts, rroberts@purdue.edu 

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