Boxing: Uh-Oh, Larry Merchant To Cover Mayweather/Cotto Fight & Comments About It

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As memorable as Floyd MayweatherHBO 24/7: Floyd Mayweather Jr. Vs Victor Ortiz [Episode 2] Video. Read more ... » Jr.’s fourth-round knockout of Victor OrtizVideo: Mayweather/Ortiz 24-7. Read more ... » was in SeptemberTech: The New iPhone Dropping In September . Read more ... » — when he knocked out Ortiz while he had his hands down and wasn’t looking — MayweatherVideo: Mayweather/Ortiz 24-7. Read more ... »’s exchange with HBOHBO 24/7: Floyd Mayweather Jr. Vs Victor Ortiz [Episode 2] Video. Read more ... » commentator Larry MerchantVideo: Floyd Mayweather Post Fight Interview (Speaks On KO, Larry Merchant & Manny Pacquiao). Read more ... » after theFight at the Usher, Trey Songz, and Miguel Concert in Washington, DC. Even they said OMG!. Read more ... » fight[VIDEO] Fight Over Some Chilli Beans Leads To Moms Stabbing & Killing Pops In Front Of Kids!. Read more ... » was equally memorable.

During the instant-classic interviewVideo: Joe Budden Confronts Consequence About Breakfast Club Interview. Read more ... », Mayweather, being booed relentlessly by the crowd at the MGM GrandBoxing: Pacquiao’s next opponent finally named … Mosley in May!. Read more ... » Garden Arena in Las VegasAlicia Keys Debuts New Song In Las Vegas [Video]. Read more ... » because of the unsportsmanlike way the fight ended, was agitated by Merchant’s questioning of what can best be described as a legal sucker puncher.

Mayweather cutJust In! NBA: Lamar Odom Has Been Cut From Dallas . Read more ... » the interview short and began berating and cursing out Merchant, whom he said HBO should fire.

The now-81-year-old Merchant – responded with the line heard ’round the world: “I wish I was 50 years younger and I’d kick your ass.”

Now Mayweather has his next fight lined up, for May 5Fight at the Usher, Trey Songz, and Miguel Concert in Washington, DC. Even they said OMG!. Read more ... » on HBO PPV against junior middleweight titlist Miguel Cotto.

And waiting for the fighters after the bout to interview them will be none other than Merchant, who told ESPNVideo: Fabolous vs Skip Bayless On ESPN’s 1st & 10. Read more ... ».com that executive producer Rick Bernstein called him recently to officially assign him to the pay-per-view.

Many believed that HBO would keep Merchant off the showHBO 24/7: Floyd Mayweather Jr. Vs Victor Ortiz [Episode 2] Video. Read more ... » to appease Mayweather and instead assign Max Kellerman, who splits pay-per-view and “World Championship BoxingVideo: Floyd Mayweather Jr Vs Victor Ortiz: Final Press Conference. Read more ... »” broadcasts with Merchant. But HBO made the right call and put Merchant on the May 5 card. Kellerman has been assigned for the other biggieDJ Premier Talks Notorious B.I.G., Jeru The Damaja Beef, Death Row Records. Read more ... », the June 9 Manny PacquiaoVideo: Floyd Mayweather Talks Manny Pacquiao, Ready To Sign A Contract For A May 5th Fight. Read more ... »-Timothy Bradley Jr. pay-per-view.

“They told me that I will be doing the May 5 show, and I am looking forward to it,” Merchant said. “Everybody knows what happened, and it seemed like the right thing to doYoung Jeezy Performs All We Do And Fight Breaks Out (Video). Read more ... » was to put me on the fight.”

Merchant tried to downplay the notion of a “rematch” with Mayweather.

“To me, it’s a fight I want to see and the fight is first, second and third,” Merchant said. “I understand that there is a certain fascination with the question and answers between Mayweather and me, but the fight is first.

“There have been times when there have been contentious interviewsThe Breakfast Club Interviews Jennifer Williams. Read more ... », but we try to treat it professionally, both the fighter and me. In this case [in September], there was a highly controversial ending to a fight and a volatile, explosive atmosphere in the arena. As the next part of that drama, I found myself being personally attackedNicki Minaj Attacked By Man At A Dallas Hotel. Read more ... » and I responded spontaneously. When somebody attacks you, you can duck, take the punch or respond. Without thinking about it, I responded the way I did. I felt that it was an honest, spontaneous response and you can’t second-guess that any more(Video) Charlamagne Tha God Talks Making Lil' Mama Cry, Flex, Busta & More. Read more ... » than you can second-guess the fansRaiders vs. Chargers Fans Fight After The Game(Raw Video). Read more ... » who saw what they saw with the way Mayweather knocked out Ortiz.”

Merchant said he has no regrets about how he handled the interview, but he considers it to be in the past.

“I don’t have any regrets, and the five minutes of fame I had afterward was a giggle and a hoot,” Merchant said.

He said he was inundated with calls and messages about the interview and was amused that a TMZ camera crew was waiting for him at the Los AngelesReunited & It Feels So Good: NFL Football Could Be Moving Back To L.A.. Read more ... » airport when he flew home from Las VegasFabolous vs. Ray J - Fight Aftermath: Fabolous performs with possible knott from the punch!?!?!. Read more ... » the next day.

“There’s TMZ, which I didn’t even know what it was at the time, at the airport,” Merchant laughed. “And then I got a few head waiters who gave me some good tables at restaurants, and it was over.”

Certainly Merchant’s presence will generate additional interest in the fight, a few extra stories and some discussion as the promotion kicks in. It will be interesting to see if Mayweather, winBoxing: Floyd Mayweather Thanks Fans For ESPY Win . Read more ... » or lose, talks to him in the ring after the fight.

If he does, how will Mayweather react when Merchant inevitably asks the fighter not only about the fight but also his future plans, which include an 87-day jailLohan's mom says jail is a 'real' possibility, Lindsay considering a plea deal. Read more ... » term for domestic abuse that begins June 1Next Level: Floyd Mayweather Jr.. Read more ... »?

“I’m a sidebar to the main event. I get it, and nobody has offered me a piece of the action,” Merchant joked.

More seriously, Merchant added: “I will treat it as a fight. I haven’t given any thought about an interview after the fight. I will go in and ask whatever questions I think the fight suggests I should ask. My job is to ask questions and question answers. It’s not a popularity contest.”