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Merchant Agrees With HBO For Rejecting Rigondeaux

By Luis Sandoval

Former HBO analyst and commentator Larry Merchant was on hand at the Wild Card Gym in Hollywood, CA as he got a firsthand look at Zou Shiming whose fight he will be calling from ringside on July 27th in Macao, China.

Merchant has entertained us through out the years with his wit and entertaining yet informative rants while at HBO. For anyone who has ever interviewed Merchant, you always know you will get a great interview and great insight only he can provide.

On this day I asked Larry for his thoughts on a topic that had fans surprised as it was said HBO is not interested in having WBO/WBA Super Bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux back on their airwaves. The last time we saw Rigondeaux on HBO was this past April where he thoroughly outclassed highly ranked and pound for pound fighter Nonito Donaire.

While Rigondeaux’s performance was effective and dominant, some thought it simply wasn’t exciting enough and instead of praise, Rigondeaux received criticism.

Merchant was asked what his thoughts were regarding HBO’s decision in regards to Rigondeaux.

“I congratulate them.  Rigondeaux is a beautiful boxer but this is prize fighting and prize fighting is entertainment. If you can't make the people want to come back and see you, it’s just like going to a restaurant; they don't feed you well, you don't come back. They feed you well, you come back. And he's got to know that this is a professional game and it’s not an amateur game” Merchant would tell BoxingScene.

While some will agree with Larry, some will disagree and wonder why it’s Rigondeaux who’s been forced to be the martyr in this situation. Whatever stance fans take, Rigondeaux will need to continue his reign as unified champion off network television for the time being.

You can follow Luis Sandoval on Twitter @Truewest007. You can also tune in to BoxingScene Radio, Boxingscene’s official audio show every Tuesday from 6-8PM PST with hosts Ernest Gabion, Luis Sandoval, and Ryan Burton.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Boxfan7819 on 07-14-2013

[QUOTE=racostaa;13555998]HaHa, you had to be drunk man. Pancho Villa from Phillipines and boxer.[/QUOTE] get your facts straight you also probably think that kid gavilan invented the bolo punch ... anyways i favored rigo to win and i'm a fan of…

Comment by Hotbox2 on 07-14-2013

Like Floyd told Merchant in the interview after the Victor Ortiz fight...YOU DON'T KNOW **** ABOUT BOXING!!

Comment by AddiX on 07-14-2013

Rigo and his management really can't be mad at this. Freddy Roach told rigo since the first day he trained him that this would happen. He tried to make him more offensive and constantly told rigo the American public/networks wouldn't…

Comment by SkillspayBills on 07-14-2013

This man has watched more fights than any of us ever have or will. It amazes me how a guy that has seen so much of the sport appreciates it's finer artists as little as he does.

Comment by knockoutking565 on 07-14-2013

No larry i think you have forgotten the concept of pugilism (BOXING for dumbasses like larry who dont understand the word!)...Hit and Not be Hit, kinda ironic that he has been involved in boxing all these years but he is…

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