September 27, 2011
Floyd Mayweather is fed up with HBO's Larry Merchant. So are some viewers including UFC president Dana White. Before UFC 135, White critiqued the postfight clash between Merchant and boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr.
"This guy always jumps in and is always saying bad stuff about people. And he's attacking Floyd about the punch. Well, how about the headbutt? It's my big beef with Merchant for years, these guys just get done fighting and he jumps in the rings and starts saying off-the-wall, weird, rude [expletive] to these guys," said White (7:11 mark).
Part of the heated conversation between Mayweather and Merchant also included the announcer saying that if he were 50 years younger he'd kick the boxer's ass.
"I thought that was really embarrassing for HBO. The guy is senile. He's out of his mind," said White. "He's up there berating Floyd, but Floyd can't say anything back to you? You've been disrespecting guys your whole career. Guess what, you can go back 60 years, you're not kicking Floyd's ass. Give me a break."
Merchant was recently asked about White's comment and served him a backhanded compliment:
"Let's see, anyone who can make a multimillion dollar business out of street fighting has to be respected. My opinion is that anyone is allowed to put up a tent, put on a show, and invite people to come. And obviously he's had a lot of success," Merchant told Boxing Scene. "Good for him. I don't watch it. I don't get a so-called sport in which you can have a 6-2 record and be called a world champion. I just don't appreciate the finer points of MMA."
Check out White's other concerns about the Mayweather-Ortiz fight. He believes that referee Joe Cortes lost control of the bout (0:40-7:09 mark - NSFW).
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