Larry Merchant Says Floyd Mayweather Defeated Victor Ortiz via a “Legal Sucker-Punch”0
HBO boxing announcer Larry Merchant said Monday that Floyd Mayweather’s victory over Victor Ortiz on Saturday in Las Vegas was the result of a “legal sucker-punch.”
Merchant, a guest on the Mason & Ireland Show on 710 ESPN Radio in Los Angeles, became part of the story line Saturday because of a verbal confrontation with Mayweather during a live televised interview in the ring immediately after the fight.
Merchant was asked what he thought set off Mayweather.
“I’m in a long line of media people that he feels have not given him as much credit as he gives himself,” Merchant said. “The fans saw what they saw: A sucker-punch ending a fight. Now, was Mayweather within his rights to throw it? Absolutely. Should he have? In my opinion, no. It was a legal blow, but that’s not the way great champions do it. And the kid, Ortiz, has blame on him as well.
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