Floyd Mayweather and HBO commentator Larry Merchant go a long way back.
Many times after his PPV victories, Mayweather would proceed for the customary interview with Merchant all smiles and in a celebratory mood.
Merchant, however, has ever since had a penchant for asking Mayweather the tough and slightly irritating questions that anyone who just came out victorious from a 12-round fist fight would be irked to hear.
Though Mayweather has always attempted to keep his cool by giving indirect answers in return and even once before already called Merchant out for his style of questioning, tensions reached a climax after Mayweather's knockout victory over Victor Ortiz back in September of 2011.
With Merchant being visibly disappointed at Mayweather for knocking out Ortiz while he was unaware, Merchant began to berate Mayweather with questions that called into inquiry the manner in which he won.
Mayweather snapped at Merchant, saying that the commentator never gave him a fair shake and that Merchant should go and interview Ortiz instead for his bias.
Merchant also lost his cool and said that if he were 50 years younger he would hurt Mayweather.
Their feud continued until even the lead into the bout with Miguel Cotto, with Mayweather saying on HBO's 24/7 that there was no way he was going to do an interview with Larry Merchant after the fight.
People were surprised to see then that Mayweather and Merchant were standing next to each other for an interview following the bout, after the unanimous decision for Mayweather was announced.
To avoid any further confusion, Merchant explained to the audience that Mayweather had approached him the day before the fight and apologized for losing his cool last September. He then said that he accepted Mayweather's apology and thanked Mayweather for the gesture before proceeding with the usual interview.
It is always nice to see a happy ending to any story, but the question now is, with Mayweather likely fighting two or more times before he finally retires into the greats, will this verbal peace treaty between himself and Merchant last? Or will he soon find himself in another verbal bout after one of his future fights?
We can only wait and see.
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