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 Last update:  12/21/2013       Read more by Edward Chaykovsky         
   
Merchant: Broner's Beating Made A lot of People Happy
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Text by Edward Chaykovsky, Interview by Chris Robinson

HBO boxing analyst Larry Merchant felt a lot of people were happy when Adrien Broner (27-1, 22KOs) suffered his first career defeat at the hands of Marcos Maidana last Saturday night at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. Broner was dropped twice, and hurt several times, on his way to losing his WBA welterweight title by way of a clear twelve round unanimous decision. 

"He sells himself as an entertainer and he made a lot of people happy by losing and getting beat up. There were high expectations [of Broner], some that were fueled by his own self belief, some of which were fueled by boxing - hoping that he was a future star. It was a letdown and a lesson and left a lot of questions. Was he moved up from 130 to 140 too fast? Did his own people buy into the hype and rush him? Or is he complicit in the sense that he got a little bit complacent, that he wasn't at peak condition and couldn't make those lower weights anymore," Merchant said.

Merchant saw some good qualities in Broner, that he didn't give up and keep going, but he also saw some flaws. He wonders if Broner can be rebuilt into the force that he once was.

"I think he showed some good qualities, he didn't give up. He came back late in the fight and that's an encouraging sign - but he took a beating and showed that he's vulnerable. I will be curious to see how they try to rebuild that creation. Maybe he was too strong at the lighter divisions against what we saw as mediocre opposition or can he come back as a true 140 or 147-pounder," Merchant said.

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comment by Trudoe, on 12-23-2013
[QUOTE=Shogunofharlem1]I always considered larry merchant a necessary evil in boxing. While a lot of the time I didnt agree with stuff that he would say about fighters you could always count on him to speak his mind.[/QUOTE] Didn't Mayweather already retire this old wind bag? This is nothing...

comment by Shogunofharlem1, on 12-23-2013
I always considered larry merchant a necessary evil in boxing. While a lot of the time I didnt agree with stuff that he would say about fighters you could always count on him to speak his mind.

comment by puga, on 12-22-2013
[QUOTE=CTC JOHNNY]Why is he the greatest??? Seriously ??[/QUOTE] becuase he says the brutal truth despite offending some fighters ..merchmant is one of the reasons why fighters should perform vs the elitest coz if not he'd grill you in front of people ...his standards are high

comment by formarkiz, on 12-22-2013
[QUOTE=CTC JOHNNY]Why is he the greatest??? Seriously ??[/QUOTE] He's the worst, that's why he got canned. He has a personal vendetta against certain fighters(minorities). I'm not one to call out racist but check his post fight interviews with Pavlik and compare it to other fighters.

comment by LoadedWraps, on 12-22-2013
Normally I can't stand Merchant and hate seeing him on tv, but well said larry, and I don't mean larryx.

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