American boxing press conferences are noted for their being bland and polite in equal measure.
And yesterday's head-to-head for Amir Khan's clash with Marcos Maidana excelled on both counts.
In total, the various speakers on the dais said thank you 90 times, as they expressed their gratitude to everyone from God to themselves.
Oscar De La Hoya took the biscuit when he stood up and thanked Golden Boy, which happens to be himself.
No questions were invited from the floor and instead everyone crammed on to the dais was asked up to the lectern to express their thanks.
For anyone listening, it was boxing's equivalent of waterboarding and it truly was painful.
Another low point was the top table leading a rendition of 'Happy Birthday' for Khan, who was 24 on Wednesday.
Oscar also presented him with a huge cake, with the words King Khan on it, which cost him $181.
Khan said, you've guessed it, thank you, although as grateful as he was, he still left the monster cake behind.
To be fair, it was rather heavy and he couldn't tuck into it with the weigh-in looming later today.
Oscar cracked a joke at the end when he made a big show of looking at Khan's watch and saying he was two hours and 19 minutes ahead of Don King's press conference.
That may be true, but at least King's press conferences are entertaining.
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