Floyd, Merchant likely to face again on May 5
MANILA, Philippines – Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Larry Merchant are likely to meet in the ring again when Merchant serves as commentator in the Mayweather-Cotto fight on May 5.
Merchant told ESPN that executive producer Rick Bernstein assigned him to the Mayweather-Cotto pay-per-view.
"They told me that I will be doing the May 5 show, and I am looking forward to it," Merchant said.
Mayweather and Merchant had a heated exchange in September last year during the post-fight interview of the Victor Ortiz bout.
Mayweather won the fight by stunning Ortiz with a couple of “legal sucker punches.”
The unbeaten boxer berated Merchant when the veteran commentator asked him about the bout’s controversial ending.
The 81-year-old Merchant then responded with: "I wish I was 50 years younger and I'd kick your ass."
Fans who are familiar with the exchange are surely expecting another heated back and forth between the two boxing personalities.
But Merchant downplayed the idea of a “rematch.”
"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.”
He added that he had no regrets with the way his interview with Mayweather turned out.
“I felt that it was an honest, spontaneous response and you can't second-guess that any more than you can second-guess the fans who saw what they saw with the way Mayweather knocked out Ortiz," Merchant said.