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When Floyd Mayweather Was Brutally Shut Down By Interviewer Larry Merchant

When Floyd Mayweather Was Brutally Shut Down By Interviewer Larry Merchant

Not many people dared to confront multiple-weight champion Floyd Mayweather during his remarkable career.

The American fighter was considered the best pound-for-pound fighter for many years, even retiring with an undefeated 50-0 record.

But when 'Money Mayweather' was running his mouth after winning the WBC welterweight title against Tito Ortiz in 2011, an 80-year-old broadcaster decided to speak up in front of millions watching at home.

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Larry Merchant, a legendary commentator and sports writer, was quoted as saying: "If I was 50-years younger I'd kick your ass!" after the controversial bout.

The American knocked his opponent out with two punches after "The People's Champion" thought referee Joe Cortez said "break."

It didn't go down well with those in attendance at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas and fans jeered the final result, but many were on board with the entertaining post fight interview.

It was all going smoothly until Mayweather interrupted Merchant towards the end of the interview.

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"You never give me a fair shake. So I'm gonna let you talk to Victor Ortiz, alright? I'm through." he said.

"They can put somebody else up here to give me an interview. HBO need to fire you. You don't know s*** about boxing. You ain't s***."

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Image: YouTube/HBO
Image: YouTube/HBO
Image: YouTube/HBO
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The 80-year-old was having none of Floyd's trash talk.

"I wish I was 50 years younger and I'd kick your ass!" Merchant said, before walking off with a big grin on his face.

Days later, an irritated Mayweather defended his actions during the TV interview.

"Everybody is tired of Larry Merchant. He said if he was 50 years younger, that he would kick my ass." he said. "All of these boxing experts - how can you be a boxing expert if you never had a fight before?"

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Thoughts on the above interview? Do you consider Floyd Mayweather one of the greatest of all time? If not, thee greatest?

Let us know in the comments.

Topics: Boxing News, Boxing, Floyd Mayweather

Jack Kenmare

Jack Kenmare is a writer at SPORTbible. He's interviewed some of the biggest names in sport, including Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Pele, Carles Puyol and Tim Henman. He dabbles in all things sport but football is his biggest passion. He was once hit in the head by a wayward strike from Nicky Butt and lived to tell the tale.

 

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