I'm watching Merchant talk like an 80-year-old right now, attempting to hype the main event of Cotto vs. Judah. He may have meant something at one time... but he's a relic now. If you don't agree, then go watch the Cotto vs. Judah PPV and tell me how I'm wrong. IMO, it's not really hurting the broadcast just yet... but in time, it will as this worsens.
EDIT: I take it back. Merchant was a burden on the main event. He called right eyes left. He had to be corrected on other points he made by the other commentators.
But if you like boxing at all, go buy a replay of the Cotto-Judah PPV. It was FUN!!! Great boxing, a very loud crowd, and some bad feelings from stuff that transpires during the main event. It's everything Mayweather-De La Hoya wasn't.
Oh Merchant badly hurts a broadcast. He's a grumpy old fart that's annoying and I despise every time they cut away to give him his moment of rambling that's supposed to be poetic but instead is just retarded and pointless. He's a hateful man that shouldn't be doing this anymore.
Harold Lederman: "...so I have it 98-92, Joe Smith over Bob Jones."
Merchant: "Well I have Marciano even with Walcott through six."
As of 2/28/05: 101 pounds since December 7, 2004 OFFICIAL THREE-MONTH COUNT: 112 pounds on March 9, 2005 OFFICIAL SIX-MONTH COUNT: 142 pounds on June 8, 2005 OFFICIAL ONE YEAR COUNT: 187 pounds on December 7, 2005 As of 2/27/06: 202 pounds "I've lost a heavyweight" As of 7/31/06: 224 pounds
Did anyone catch the interview last night? I didn't have the chance to watch it, although I have read some excerpts. How did he come across? Here's a CNNSI story that summarizes the scandal and Lance's response (including quotes from the interview):