Mayweather, Merchant blow up after fight
Longtime HBO boxing analyst Larry Merchant (right) dared to ask tough questions of Floyd Mayweather and suffered the welterweight champ's ire. (Youtube)
Tempers boiled over Saturday during HBO analyst Larry Merchant's in-ring interview with Floyd Mayweather after Mayweather's sneak knockout of Victor Ortiz. In a clip that went viral almost immediately, Merchant peppers Mayweather with a string of tough questions about the controversial ending until Mayweather snaps:
Mayweather: You never give me a fair shake. You know that? So I’m gonna let you talk to Victor Ortiz, alright? I’m through! Put somebody else up here to give me an interview.
Merchant: What are you talking about?
Mayweather: You never give me a fair shake! HBO needs to fire you! You don’t know s--- about boxing! You ain’t s---! You’re not s---!
Merchant: I wish I was 50 years younger and I’d kick your a--!
Mayweather: You won’t do s---!
Merchant is 80.
-- Bryan Armen Graham