Merchant to Mayweather: I wish I was 50 years younger and I’d kick your ass!
Floyd Mayweather and HBO interviewer Larry Merchant were involved in an after-fight exchange when the long-time presenter asked him about the controversial ending to his fight with Victor Ortiz.
The 34 year-old seemed to hit Ortiz without referee Joe Cortez telling the fighters to box on as he deducted a point from the champion for a headbutt. Ortiz was subsequently knocked out following the blows and Merchant wanted to concentrate on that in the post-fight interview and even cut Mayweather off whilst he was thanking fans who ordered the PPV.
‘Money’ then told Merchant that ‘he never gives him a fair shake’ and that he should ‘go and speak to Victor Ortiz’ but Merchant confronted Mayweather stating ‘What are you talking about’ after which the argument got heated.
‘HBO need to fire you because you know s**t about boxing,” claimed Mayweather.
“You ain’t sh**t. You’re not s**t.”
Merchant then replied: “I wish I was 50 years younger and I’d kick your ass,” before moving over to speak to the losing fighter.