Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

HBO's Larry Merchant calls out Mayweather

hero7.jpg
may3.jpg
may5.jpg

Veteran HBO commentator Larry Merchant brilliantly told Floyd Mayweather Jnr he would "kick his ass if he was 50 years younger" after Mayweather's victory against American Victor Ortiz.

Merchant challenged him over the fairness of his win. Mayweather battered his opponent a split-second after the fighters had hugged following a headbutt for which Ortiz lost a point, and Ortiz was unprotected and caught by surprise.

Merchant suggested that his tactics were poor form, sparking Mayweather fury:“You never give me a fair shake, all right, so I am going to do you a favour and let you talk to Victor Ortiz,” Mayweather said. “You never give me a fair shake. You're a bitch and HBO should fire you. You don’t know shit about boxing. You ain’t shit.”

Merchant, however, a veteran of more than 50 years reporting in boxing, got the last laugh with a witty retort: “I wish I was 50 years younger. I would have kicked your ass.”

Long version with knockout:

Just the exchange:

Related

ortRex.png

Sports Presenter Downgraded

tsres.png

The Greatest Sport You'll Never Play

HERO.jpg

Unfortunate Sporting Allergies

Comments

More

A 99-million-year-old dinosaur tail has been found in a piece of amber

To echo, Partridge: "Jurassic Park!"

by Emily Badiozzaman
09 Dec 2016

Youngest in your family? Then you're officially the funniest

by Jamie Carson
09 Dec 2016

Donald Trump just gave WWE's Linda McMahon a job in his cabinet

Because of course he did

08 Dec 2016

Bob Dylan announces UK dates for 2017 arena tour

You have six chances to see the icon

by Emily Badiozzaman
08 Dec 2016

Over 120,000 Leave voters have died since Brexit

New data shows the influence the dead have had on the UK's future

by Tristan Cross
08 Dec 2016

Did you miss this devilish detail on Donald Trump's TIME cover?

One hell of a magazine cover

08 Dec 2016

Russell Tovey talks football taboos, showbiz friends and facial hair

ShortList chat to the actor about fame, films and, erm, dog piss

by Ralph Jones
08 Dec 2016

Giraffes facing 'silent extinction' as population drops by 30%

Numbers have fallen by 30% in just 30 years

by Jamie Carson
08 Dec 2016

TIME's new Donald Trump interview is very, very worrying

Just when you thought he'd changed...

by Emily Badiozzaman
07 Dec 2016

Your £5 note is worth £50,000 if it has this secret doodle

by Sam Rowe
07 Dec 2016