Lederman: Mayweather's Rant To Merchant a Disgrace

By Michael Marley

If he was just some limp-wristed, suck up company man for HBO, "Unofficial Fight Judge" Harold Lederman would keep his mouth shut about Floyd Mayweather Jr's acidic verbal attack in a post fight interview with 80-year-old HBO analyst Larry Merchant, which took place following Floyd's KO win over Victor Ortiz on Saturday night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

After all, "Money" is one of the prime cable network's two most important fistic clients, the other obviously being a gentleman named Manny Pacquiao.

But the part-time pharmacist isn't and he wont.

Mayweather has never hid his displeasure with the Merchant of Venom's analysis of his in ring performances, constantly asserting that the former New York Post sports columnist never gives him his "just due."

Mayweather then called for HBO to fire the commentator, saying "you don't know sh*t about boxing."

In reaction to Mayweather's rips, in what Merchant calls now an act of "sponstaneous combustion," the Santa Monica resident fired back by saying - "if I were 50-years younger, I would kick your ass."

Later, Merchant amended that to saying if he was 30 and not age 80, he would've given it his best (Oklahoma Sooners) college try in spanking mouthy "Money."

"That was a disgrace," Lederman said Tuesday at the Margarito-Cotto press conference at the posh Edison Ballroom inside the historic Edison Hotel on West 47th Street in Manhattan.

"I'm sorry but you don't attack an octogenarian like that, it was disgraceful," Lederman said. "I mean, they were talking about a prize fight, not world affairs. They could've agreed to disagree but Floyd got too personal. It was not that serious or momentous a topic. You can't blame Larry for his reaction. Floyd made his blood boil."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Face Of Boxing on 09-26-2011

[QUOTE=reeflegend;11178541]Are you kidding me wtih Lederman first of all...THe guy scaoring fights to De La Hoya for slapping, same guy who was scoring Calzaghe against hopkings In dominating Gimme a break with this clown.... Don't even go into Merchant..this…

Comment by reeflegend on 09-26-2011

[QUOTE=DominiBox;11179462]I thought Pacquiao fought Marquez first....TWICE, @ their natural weight class. Cotto and Margarito too.... guys who Floyd ducked !! :poke:[/QUOTE] Stop talking about Cotto and Margartio's not even an arguement, they weren't that good when Floyd was "ducking"…

Comment by uoykcuf on 09-21-2011

That **** was funny. Man, I hope Mayweather flips out on Merchant more often. Its hilarious to see them go at it like that.

Comment by oscar28mx on 09-21-2011

I don`t care what all you damn racist say about Merchant if money got ghetto on me I would have said the same thing. That phrase was priceless "If I were 50 years younger I would kick your ass",and I`m…

Comment by Jim Tom on 09-21-2011

[QUOTE=BIGPOPPAPUMP;11178450]If he was just some limp-wristed, suck up company man for HBO, "Unofficial Fight Judge" Harold Lederman would keep his mouth shut about Floyd Mayweather Jr's acidic verbal attack in a post fight interview with 80-year-old HBO analyst Larry Merchant,…

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