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“Manny was a respected colleague who taught us so much not only about the sweet science but also about friendship and loyalty,” HBO Sports President Ken Hershman said. “His energy, enthusiasm and bright smile were a constant presence. Ten bells do not seem enough to mourn his passing.”

HBO Sports commentator Jim Lampley – a friend of Steward’s since the early 1980s and broadcast partner for more than a decade – said Steward’s wisdom and common touch made him special.

“He was the most loyal, generous, positive spirited, broadly accepting man I’ve ever known,” Lampley said. “He had a positive impact on everyone he encountered.”