September 18, 2011
LAS VEGAS - Tonight's big fight ended in ridiculous fashion. Floyd Mayweather knocked out Victor Ortiz after the young fighter dropped his guard.
So fans didn't get exactly what they bargained for with Mayweather-Ortiz I, but they did get a real throwdown when Mayweather-Larry Merchant XIII unfolded.
The hard-charging HBO announcer and Mayweather rarely see eye to eye. Merchant presses Mayweather with tough questions which generally seems to irk the fighter. Tonight it boiled over.
Larry Merchant: You were in charge of this fight. You were aggressive in trying to take advantage...
Floyd Mayweather: You know what I'm gonna do cause you never give me a fair shake, you know that? So I'm gonna let you talk to Victor Ortiz. I'm through. Put someone else here to give me an interview. Talk to Victor Ortiz!
Larry Merchant: What are you talking about?
Floyd Mayweather: You never give me a fair shake. HBO needs to fire you. You don't know (expletive) about boxing! You ain't (expletive) You're not (expletive)!
Larry Merchant: I wish I was 50 years younger and I'd kick your (expletive).
Floyd Mayweather: You won't do (expletive)!
The last time a Mayweather-Merchant meeting reached this level was after Floyd's win over Carlos Baldomir in 2007.
When pressed further on tonight's clash, Mayweather didn't back down at the postfight press conference. Mayweather said he didn't feel bad about going after the 80-year old Merchant saying it's time for HBO to go "out with the old and in with the new."
Quotes via BloodyElbow