Larry Merchant: “I Don’t Think I Would Have Kicked [Floyd Mayweather's] Butt 50 Years Ago, But I SureWould Have Tried.”

September 20, 2011 – 8:15 am by Eric Schmoldt

If you were asleep on the boxing world this weekend, consider yourself both lucky and  unlucky. The fact that you didn’t purchase the fight between Floyd Mayweather and Victor Ortiz makes you lucky; then again, perhaps the comedic gold that came in the post-fight interviews was worth the price of admission.

Mayweather defeated Ortiz by knocking him out coming out of a break in which Ortiz was docked a point for a headbutt. Boxing analyst Larry Merchant describes that knockout as a legal sucker punch, but he didn’t really go there right after the fight. In fact, he hadn’t really said anything damaging at all while interviewing Mayweather, but that didn’t stop the fighter from laying into Merchant and calling for him to be fired. Merchant then retorted that if he were 50 years younger, he’d have at least tried to kick Mayweather’s butt.

Larry Merchant joined ESPN Radio Los Angeles with Mason and Ireland to discuss the crazy interview that Mayweather gave after the fight, what he meant exactly when he referenced the ‘sucker punch’ that he felt Mayweather was guilty of administering to Ortiz, why he decided to lash out and say that if he were 50 years younger he’d at least try to kick Mayweather’s butt, who would win a fight between Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao, and if he’d change anything about how he conducted the post-fight interview in retrospect.

Why do you think that Mayweather went nuts on you in that interview?:

“Let me ask you something, did you hear anything untoward or anything unfair? … I think to speculate that I’m in the long line of media people that he feels have not given him as much credit as he gives himself. And, in this instance, he fought an outstanding fight up until that crisis moment and the fans saw what they saw. They saw a sucker punch ending a fight. Now, was Mayweather within his rights to throw it? Absolutely. Should he have? In my opinion, no. This was a legal blow but it’s not the way great champions do it. And, the kid, Ortiz, has blame on him as well. But now I’m interviewing Mayweather and he’s absorbing from the boos in the crowd, which are getting more explosive, more inflammatory, and he understands he’s not going to get all the credit he deserves again. And that’s what set him off.”

Explain what you mean by sucker punch in this instance:

“A sucker punch is a guy’s got his hands down, he’s looking away, he’s not ready to start a fight — and this could happen in or out of the ring, by the way — and somebody just walks up and hits a punch. In this instance, they had met mid-ring after a point was deducted from Ortiz for a head collision, and properly so, and Ortiz was almost overly apologetic and coming forward and because he was embarrassed. Then the referee stepped in and should have sent them to their corners while he was trying to restore order and get the timekeeper to go again. Suddenly he turned around and said, ‘Time in,’ and Ortiz was looking away and Mayweather clocked him.”

Was Mayweather within the rules?:

“Yes. It was absolutely a legal sucker punch.”

When you said you wished you were 50 years younger, was that just something you said or had your blood boiled over to a point that you wanted to fight him?:

“It was spontaneous combustion. I have no idea where it came from, but you’re getting personally insulted as well as professionally insulted. I was just trying my best to ask the questions that everybody wanted answered and suddenly he assaults me that way and I just went off and was amazed by myself afterwards. But I did say afterwards that I don’t think I would’ve kicked his butt 50 years ago, but I sure would have tried.”

If Mayweather and Pacquiao fought in three months, who would win?:

“Well, Pacquiao has a fight in two months.” Well, ignore that: “I think Mayweather would be the favorite because he’s a wizard of defense and a defensive wizard is hard to beat because he’s taking fewer risks and leaves fewer openings for opponents to fill. But there’s an old saying in baseball that good pitching beats good hitting and vice versa, so if anyone has the vice versa in them, it’s Pacquiao.”

If you could go back to before that interview, would you have done anything differently?:

“I’m not second-guessing myself. I don’t think that what I did was a sucker punch, put it that way. It was a counter punch.”

Listen to Larry Merchant on ESPN LA here (Interview begins at 22:35)

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  1. 25 Responses to “Larry Merchant: “I Don’t Think I Would Have Kicked [Floyd Mayweather's] Butt 50 Years Ago, But I SureWould Have Tried.””

  2. Mayweather should have replied: “Larry, if you were 50 years younger, your age would still be higher than your IQ!”

    By Martin Reddington on Sep 20, 2011

  3. did ya see the other nigger talk or him…niggers jump in on everything…cat fight fair

    By jba on Sep 20, 2011

  4. If Larry Merchantw as 50 years younger he’d still be 50.

    By JmJ on Sep 20, 2011

  5. if larry was 50 years younger, Floyd will be eating in a different lunch counter.

    By mamba on Sep 20, 2011

  6. I want my $65.00 back!!! I’m a filipino and wanted to see a fight, a fair fight. To let Floyd know that we filipinos also respected him as a good fighter. What I got was shameful act of Floyd. I will never subscribe again to his fights unless it is against Pacquiao. Merchant was doing his job and Floyd wants Americans to be on his side, NO MATTER WHAT!!!!

    By rikkk5 on Sep 20, 2011

  7. this fraud has no act of holding whoever he wants to strike just to protect his guilt, even to his father in public.

    By betz on Sep 20, 2011

  8. New demands by Mayweather to fight Pacquiao: Ben Thompson instead of Larry Merchant as color commentator & Cortez again as referee.

    By Gandalf on Sep 20, 2011

  9. Why Mayweather is afraid to fight Pacman? Did Mayweather ask Ortiz to have a blood test before the fight? Mayweather is afraid of Pacman…Pacman is the only fighter left that can kick Mayweather’s ass. By the way, I am an American.

    By John on Sep 20, 2011

  10. Mayweather, doesn’t deserved to win the title, a unsportsmanlike boxer of the decade…

    By reggy on Sep 20, 2011

  11. Well, America, What about if Mayweather was the one that was sucker punch exactly the same way, and Ortiz told him to protect himself @ alltimes and proclaimed himself the victor…….well this is American sports writers,…… it’s legal if it is mayweathers.

    By elvie on Sep 20, 2011

  12. Mayweather will always look for a way to dodge PACMAN. Floyd is a certified chicken! Those who loved him is obviously a chicken lover ;)

    By Rocky on Sep 20, 2011

  13. MAYWEATHER / ORTIZ FIGHT IS A FIXED FIGHT…

    By fabian camet on Sep 20, 2011

  14. I LIKE TO SEE MAYWEATHER & PACMAN FIGHT.

    NOT MERCHANT & MAYWEATHER FIGHT

    By CANTOY on Sep 20, 2011

  15. Mayweather is now demanding Merchant for a blood test.

    By sucker on Sep 20, 2011

  16. Look whose a cheater, Pacman or Gayweather? Its obious now.

    By Danny Larona on Sep 20, 2011

  17. Larry, You have to take a blood test even if you are 50 years younger to fight me. FMJ

    By parak on Sep 20, 2011

  18. Now Pacman Should demand: Money Gayweather take a psychological test.

    By Danny Larona on Sep 20, 2011

  19. Gayweather should not be in boxing sports.

    By Danny Larona on Sep 20, 2011

  20. Actually what Mayweather did WAS NOT a sucker punch… once that bell goes it’s on… if Ortiz is too stupid to know that then hey, that’s on him! and ya know what, if the tables were turned y’all mayweather haters would be saying :”too bad, he shoulda kept his hands up”…

    Now Mr. Merchant, as for your comment, that was NOT a counter punch, THAT was a SUCKER PUNCH… because you know you could say ANYTHING and mayweather can’t do anything about it… if he col’cocks ya, he’s an a-hole for beatin’ up some old fart that claims to be an expert but has never fought in his life… and you know this. so don’t play dumb… or rather don’t take us for idiots.

    By majik on Sep 21, 2011

  21. hey danny “loretta” you seem obsessed with this “gay” thing… still stuck in the closet are ya? it’s all good “loretta” we’re in 2011… it’s okay to be gay… so go ahead and be yourself… “own it”!

    By majik on Sep 21, 2011

  22. and as for mayweather duckin pac… hey all he wants is random drug tests… in this day and age of perfomance enchancing drugs, i say that’s a reasonable request… Who is the one REFUSING to take the tests?? not mayweather… IF PACMAN wanted the fight so bad then he would take the tests… no questions asked! Although I don’t see why he doesn’t because I think he’d win that fight… drugs or no drugs.

    I’m not a mayweather fan, not a pacman fan, I am a fan of boxing… and I call it like i see it. plain and simple

    By majik on Sep 21, 2011

  23. Floyd is truly the WBC champ. WORLDS BEST CHICKEN

    By yul yutiamco on Sep 21, 2011

  24. questions are on going,,,Did Mayweather ask Ortiz to have a blood test before the fight? no..he”s an easy opponent,not like paquiao. mayweather is too afraid to fight paquiao so he uses all those excuses to avoid him..we want to see who are the best,,by not using the mouth..

    By christy0 on Sep 22, 2011

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