Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Merchant: This Event is To Build Mayweather vs. Canelo

By Phil D. Jay

Larry Merchant has been vocal in his opinion of Floyd Mayweather’s next and possible future opponent as the veteran analyst prepares for another run-in with the five-weight world champion on Saturday night.

The 81 year-old will cover the Mayweather v Cotto event for HBO, as he did Floyd’s last bout against Victor Ortiz in September, when the pair had an infamous spat at the end of the fight with Merchant threatening to ‘kick Mayweather’s ass.’

As the two gear-up for another post-fight interview at the MGM Grand this weekend, Merchant has been far from approving of Mayweather’s next challenge in 154lb champion Miguel Cotto and believes that there seems to be only one result in Las Vegas.

“Mayweather has been so prudent in picking his opponents after defeating De La Hoya (five years’ ago), there's a built-in sense that 'If he agreed to fight Cotto, he must be 1,000% sure he's going to win.' Cotto's had a terrific career, he's fought everybody who's been available to him, but there's a question about his best being in the past,” Merchant told Lance Pugmire of the Los Angeles Times.

Merchant is also of the belief that with WBC light-middleweight champion Saul Alvarez providing chief support against Shane Mosley on the night, that Golden Boy and Mayweather Promotions are eyeing up a huge unification between ‘Canelo’ and ‘Money’ later in the year.

"The card is built for Mayweather to set up a fight versus 'Canelo',” explained Merchant.

“It couldn't be more graphic, that if Canelo looks good and given his standing as a young star among the largest market of boxing fans, that seems to be the direction Mayweather is pointing.

“They're not hiding it. They're virtually advertising it. ... The idea that both Mayweather and Pacquiao have made huge amounts of money versus other opponents who are less threatening makes it a disincentive to make the fight everyone wants to see.

“Mayweather can fight Canelo in the fall, and Pacquiao can fight Marquez v Rios winner.

“They have these options to make tens of millions of dollars, and the longer the fight doesn't get made, the more likely something will happen that it won't get made," he added.

Floyd Mayweather v Miguel Cotto is live on HBO pay-per-view and BoxNation (UK) later tonight.

Phil D. Jay covers boxing for worldboxingnews.net

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by ManOfVictory on 05-06-2012

[QUOTE=dan-b;12085820]Canelo is a hypejob, Matthew Hatton gave him problems.[/QUOTE] this fool!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Comment by dan-b on 05-06-2012

[QUOTE=mathed;12082932]Canelo breaks Floyd down and brutalizes him[/QUOTE] Canelo is a hypejob, Matthew Hatton gave him problems.

Comment by Enzo Mc is SHIT on 05-05-2012

I don't see it being their next fight. Maybe Cinco de Mayo next year.

Comment by STEELHEAD on 05-05-2012

"The card is built for Mayweather to set up a fight versus 'Canelo',” explained Merchant." i believe this too. boy canelo do not let mosley stink up the place like in the pac fight or your statis will suffer. lets…

Comment by El_Forklift on 05-05-2012

[QUOTE=BIGPOPPAPUMP;12081804]Larry Merchant has been vocal in his opinion of Floyd Mayweather’s next and possible future opponent as the veteran analyst prepares for another run-in with the five-weight world champion on Saturday night. [[URL=http://www.boxingscene.com/?m=show&id=52560]Click Here To Read More[/URL]][/QUOTE] good theory!

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (48)
Top Headlines Sor Rungvisai Decisions a Very Determined Juan Francisco Estrada Sor Rungvisai vs. Estrada - LIVE BoxingScene Scorecard McWilliams Arroyo Shocks Carlos Cuadras With Majority Nod Cuadras vs. Arroyo - LIVE BoxingScene Scorecard Donnie Nietes Drops, Stops Juan Carlos Reveco in Seventh Artem Dalakian Decisions a Bloody Brian Viloria For WBA Title Photos: George Groves, Callum Smith - Go Face To Face Sor Rungvisai vs. Estrada - LIVE Superfly 2 Results Anthony Yarde Batters, Stops Tony Averlant in Seven Callum Smith Outboxes Nieky Holzken, George Groves is Next Daniel Dubois Blasts Out DL Jones in Three Rounds Callum Smith vs. Nieky Holzken - LIVE BoxingScene Scorecard Ronnie Clark Shocks Zelfa Barrett in IBF Regional Bout Conte Responds To Wilder's "Always a Cheat" Jab at Luis Ortiz News: Miguel Cotto Update, Lewis Ritson, New England Results Brian Viloria Very Pumped as He Goes For Fifth World Title Bilal Akkawy Beats De Carolis, Moloney Brothers Win, More Callum Smith vs. Nieky Holzken - LIVE Results From Nuremberg Roamer Angulo Collides With Evert Bravo in Yucatan, Mexico Srisaket Sor Rungvisai vs. Juan Francisco Estrada: Stats & Stakes Photos: Sullivan Barrera in Top Form, Grinds Hard For Bivol Shot Josh Taylor To Face Winston Campos, Humberto Soto is Out Callum Smith: I Want To Make Statement To George Groves, Fans Jarrell Miller: Could Be An 'Early Night' for Wilder or Ortiz Golovkin's Promoter Details How Canelo Rematch Was Finalized Adonis Stevenson: Andre Ward is Playing Games, He's Not Retired Hatton: Mayweather-McGregor in MMA Makes Me F***ing Furious Carlos Castro, Alexis Santiago To Battle in Phoenix, Arizona Zolani Tete: Belfast Fans Know I'm The Man To Beat Ryan Burnett Frank Warren Talks Anthony Yarde, Daniel Dubois York Hall Card Coldwell To Eubank Jr. - Beg Adam Booth To Take You Back! Porter: I Think Right Now Thurman is Better Than Errol Spence Bivol Aims To Use Some of Andre Ward's Tactics on Barrera How To Fix The 147-Pound Logjam Of Talent With a Tournament Gonzalez, Cintron, Vargas Wins Bouts in Kissimmee, Florida Hearn Open To Do Joshua-Wilder Twice - One in U.S., One in UK Robert Garcia: Mikey is Special Fighter Like Mayweather, Pacquiao Rances Barthelemy: I Want Mikey Garcia in My Next Fight Estrada: I'm Looking To Knock Sor Rungvisai Out, Leave No Doubt Lemieux vs. O'Sullivan on The Canelo-Golovkin Card?
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement