About Me

Manouk Akopyan is an award-winning journalist, writer, editor, and broadcast reporter.

He has held full-time editorial roles with the Los Angeles Times, NFL Media, and Tribune Publishing, and his bylines, TV reporting, and commentary have appeared in ESPN.com, USA Today, Newsweek, The Guardian, Philadelphia Inquirer, Men’s Health, and Ring Magazine, among various other international publications.

Manouk serves as a color commentator and unofficial judge on boxing and MMA TV programming that has aired on ESPN, FOX Sports, and FUBO TV, as well as on pay-per-view events distributed on DIRECTV and Dish Network. His combat sports coverage has earned him membership in the Mixed Martial Arts Journalists Association (MMAJA) and Boxing Writer’s Association of America (BWAA). He’s also an annual voter for the International Boxing Hall of Fame.

He’s frequently invited as a guest speaker and expert analyst for programs that air on ESPN, FOX, Al Jazeera, SiriusXM, and SB Nation Radio, among other outlets.

Manouk’s portfolio consists of over 5,000 written stories and video interviews with global newsmakers and cultural icons, including Mike Tyson, Shaquille O’Neal, Mark Cuban, Andre Agassi, Conor McGregor, Charles Barkley, Bryce Harper, Rob Gronkowski, Tony Romo, Migos, Ludacris, Steve Aoki, J Balvin, William Shatner, Akon, Ne-Yo, Jake and Logan Paul, Floyd Mayweather, Oscar De La Hoya, Sugar Ray Leonard, Manny Pacquiao, Canelo Alvarez, and Tyson Fury, among many others.

Born and raised in Los Angeles as a second-generation Armenian, Manouk’s passion and enthusiasm for writing and reporting led him toward earning a bachelor’s degree in journalism from California State University, Northridge.