Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Merchant: Sneak Attack Would Help Me Kick Floyd's Ass

By Phil D. Jay

Commentator Larry Merchant is set to square up to Floyd Mayweather eight months on from his post-fight spat with the five-weight world champion following his defeat of Victor Ortiz.

The 81 year-old now famously coined the phrase ‘If I was 50 years younger, I’d kick your ass’ to Mayweather in his after-fight interview, leading to the story going global. The veteran broadcaster is taking it all in his stride as the two lock horns again on Saturday night as Mayweather fights Miguel Cotto and expected the nod from HBO to call the fight.

"I wasn't surprised. It's an entertaining sidebar to the main event, and I think it's the right choice," Merchant told Lange Pugmire of the Los Angeles Times.

"In part because of people's expectations of a 'rematch' or something like that. What happened last September went viral and there's a natural curiosity about it."

"He's had this problem with other media people. I'm not the only one in this club. Anybody who does what we do — ask questions and push for answers, who aren't part of his fan club or worship him … can be perceived as the enemy. For me, it's not personal and it's not a popularity contest. It's just doing what needs to be done to get the story. There are no hard questions if you have the answers. I don't think I'm any tougher on him than anyone else. Perhaps one issue is he presents himself as the villain before the fight, and then wants everyone to turn on a dime and adore him immediately after."

Merchant then commented on now infamous catchphrase when asked by Pugmire if he believes he could have actually kicked Mayweather’s ass if he was 30 - replying: "If I snuck up behind him and he wasn't looking, yeah, I probably could've kicked his [rear]. Otherwise, I have my doubts."

Mayweather, 35, is aiming to claim his 43rd professional victory at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas and whatever the result, all eyes will be on ‘Money’ and Merchant as the cameras roll for round two.

Phil D. Jay covers boxing for worldboxingnews.net

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by *Boss* on 05-03-2012

[QUOTE=Realizniguhnit;12069354]I'm a floyd fan and I think Larry is OK but lately he's been making HBO fights boring with his commentating, I think [B]Floyd overreacted a bit[/B] after the fight but I think it's more out of of floyd not…

Comment by FUC_U_PAYME on 05-03-2012

[quote=Dirk Diggler UK;12069292]Merchant speaks the truth. [B]Everyone who doesn't lick Mayweather's arse at every given moment is "the enemy" to him and his butthurt sensitive fanbase[/B].[/quote] you can said that about a lot of fighter fans

Comment by lutenco on 05-03-2012

Larry is the man!!!

Comment by ModernTalking on 05-03-2012

[QUOTE=-Executioner-;12069276]"You could put 10 Larry Merchants in the ring with Floyd Mayweather and they all could be 21 ,and they're all going to come up short" ~Floyd Mayweather[/QUOTE] No they wouldn't. Floyd would need OSDT to fight just one of…

Comment by JDezi4 on 05-03-2012

[QUOTE=Mr. Invincible;12069696]In hindsight, I would have done what Floyd did too probably half of the time so I can understand that but there was no reason to get crossed with an old a55 man, Merchant. That was garbage and Floyd…

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (77)
Top Headlines Broner: Garcia Quit Against Salido; I Can Make Him Quit, Too Video: Adrien Broner Sounds Off on Mikey Garcia Fight! Ray Beltran; The Plan is To Knock Bryan Vasquez Out! Photos: Jermall Charlo, Jorge Sebastian Heiland - Go Face To Face Photos: Jarrell Miller, Gerald Washington - Very Tense Face To Face Photos: Adrien Broner, Mikey Garcia - Face To Face at Final Presser Nathan Cleverly vs. Dmitry Bivol is Ordered By The WBA Photos: Ray Beltran is Grinding Hard For Bryan Vasquez Clash Nathan Gorman Inks Deal With Frank Warren, BoxNation Jorge Linares vs. Luke Campbell Finalized - September 23, HBO Frank Warren Still Expects Tyson Fury To Return, Regain Titles Carlos Adames Drops, Decisions Carlos Molina in WBA Clash Daniel Dubois vs. AJ Carter For The Vacant Southern Area Title LIVE Stream: Adrien Broner-Mikey Garcia - Final Press Conference Efe Ajagba, Efetobor Apochi Ink Pacts With Ringstar Sports Photos: Carl Frampton, Andres Gutierrez - Final Press Conference Domonique Dolton Now Trained By Banks, Back on Shields-Adler Photos: Zou Shiming, Sho Kimura Make Weight For Battle Warren Says "Six Figure Sum" Offered To Buglioni To Fight Yarde Mikey Garcia: Adrien Broner Will Be Surprised at How Good I Am Paulie Malignaggi Breaks Down Adrien Broner vs. Mikey Garcia Garcia: Don't Know if Top Rank Would Make Crawford Fight With Me Gutierrez Vows: I'm Going To Ruin Carl Frampton's Big Night! Raymundo Beltran Still Fighting Hard To Secure His Green Card David Haye Makes Moves To Face Hughie Fury - If He Wins Title Video: Juan Francisco Estrada Motivated To Make Statement Roy Jones Jr. Wants a Showdown With Tony Bellew Video: Carlos Cuadras Eager To Shock Juan Francisco Estrada Kell Brook: I Want Miguel Cotto! Does He Fancy The Job? Video: Roman Gonzalez on The Rematch With Sor Rungvisia Adrien Broner-Mikey Garcia: Good Fight, Rewards Later Randy Caballero vs. Diego De La Hoya in Play For Canelo-Golovkin Robert Garcia: Arum Would Never Let Lomachenko Fight Mikey! Video: Marco Antonio Barrera on Mayweather-McGregor, More McGregor Reacts To Mike Tyson, Says Critics Will 'Eat Their Words' Video: Tom Loeffler on Super Flyweight Triple, Canelo-Golovkin Video: Katie Taylor Talks Bout on Broner-Garcia Card Video: Jermall Charlo Talks 160 Run, Broner-Garcia, More Malignaggi: McGregor an Above Average Puncher, Very Accurate AIBA President Set To Be Ousted as Internal Rift Continues
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement