MANILA, Philippines – Veteran ring analyst Larry Merchant talks about being assigned to cover the Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Miguel Cotto fight despite having a past issue with one of the fighters.
Merchant said he kind of expected being tapped to do the post-fight interview with Mayweather despite being berated by the boxer back in September.
"I wasn't surprised. It's an entertaining sidebar to the main event, and I think it's the right choice," he told LA Times.
Mayweather lambasted Merchant during a post-fight interview following the former’s controversial borderline-sucker-punch victory over Victor Ortiz.
Mayweather was irked when the analyst questioned him about the sucker punch.
"You don't never give me a fair shake. So I'm gonna let you talk to Victor Ortiz, alright? I'm through. Put somebody else up here to give me an interview. HBO need to fire you because you don't know [expletive] about boxing. You ain't [expletive]."
Shocked by Mayweather’s outburst, Merchant fired back: "If I was 50 years younger, I'd kick your [rear]."
When asked by LA Times if he was serious about the threat, Merchant quipped: "If I snuck up behind him and he wasn't looking, yeah, I probably could've kicked his [rear]. Otherwise, I have my doubts."