Floyd Mayweather Jr. pulled no punches when he called perennial boxing analyst Larry Merchant a drunk. The all-time great also talked about Miguel Cotto, his legacy, Manny Pacquiao and Jeremy Lin.
According to Ocregister.com, when Merchant’s name cropped up with regards to the analyst presiding over his Cinco de Mayo fight with Miguel Cotto, “Money” let rip at his arch-nemesis.
“From what I used to see as a kid watching Larry Merchant, he used to be drunk, on air,” Mayweather said.
Back in September of 2011, Mayweather was taken to task by the 81-year-old veteran analyst over his unsportsmanlike KO of Victor Ortiz as well as the projected superfight with Manny Pacquiao.
Things eventually came to a head, when Mayweather suggested that Merchant had never given him a fair shake and that HBO should terminate his contract. From there on in it was an unmitigated disaster, especially for the latter, who responded with the now famous line:
When the names of New York Knicks point guard Lin and WBO welterweight titlist Pacquiao were brought up, the 35-year-old pugilist refused to discuss either of them.
“I'm not fighting Jeremy Lin,” he said.
“I am fighting Miguel Cotto," he said. "If you want to do an interview with Jeremy Lin, you gotta fly to New York. If you want to do an interview with Manny Pacquiao, you gotta go to Freddie Roach's gym.”
“It's Mayweather vs. Cotto. A-B-C, 1-2-3.”
However, the five-division titlist was more than happy to talk about his upcoming opponent Cotto (37-2-30 KOs), the fighter he’ll face off against in an attempt to capture the WBA super welterweight title.
He also paid complements to the Puerto Rican boxer and his achievements in the ring.
That said, Mayweather (42-0- 26 KOs) did point out the fact that he’d rather be laced up with smaller gloves when the two throw leather, in comparison to the bigger ones he was issued with when he fought Oscar De La Hoya at super welterweight back in May of 2007.
The fight with DLH was his first and only venture into that weight class.
“He's a solid guy.” Mayweather said. "I look at him as an undefeated fighter. He fought one guy (Pacquiao) at a catch weight (144) and he fought another guy who's cheating (Margarito).”
“And I had 10-ounce heavyweight gloves,” he recalled. "They were pillows. And he (De La Hoya) came in at 168. That is one regret I have. With different gloves I could have chopped him up.”
Much has been said of Mayweather’s defensive style and the assumption that he’s not that easy on the eye apropos his approach to fighting.
Regardless of what the fanzine or media might think, Money believes that the aforementioned skill set is one of the reasons why he’s undefeated and still plying his trade in the four-cornered ring.
“I'm just trying to give the fans what they want to see,” he said. “There have been a few times when I've given some dull fights. But my defense frustrates guys. On the outside looking in, people say, ‘All you got to do is do this to beat Floyd Mayweather.’ It's different when you're in with a technician.
“But I'm glad I was a defensive fighter. That's why I'm sitting here right now. Everybody on the '96 Olympic team was an offensive fighter except for the one guy who is still here. That's Floyd Mayweather.”
Golden Boy CEO, Richard Schaefer, shared his thoughts on the reasons why the on and off proposed “Fight of the Century” between Money and Pac-Man is far from transpiring as well as why it will never happen.
“It's never going to happen," said Richard Schaefer, Golden Boy's CEO, “because Pacquiao's promoter (Bob Arum) doesn't want it to happen. Bob is a smart guy. He can pick up the phone and call me and he knows that's how fights get done.
“But coming with this magic (outdoor) stadium in Las Vegas, all that kind of stuff, is a bunch of BS. Would it be nice? Yes. But everybody wanted to see a rematch between De La Hoya and (Felix) Trinidad and it didn't happen and eventually people got over it. Life goes on. Boxing goes on.”
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