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

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…

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