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Veteran HBO Sports boxing commentator Larry Merchant has agreed to a new contract, it was announced today by HBO Sports president Ross Greenburg. "We are delighted to have one of sports television's most respected broadcasters continue to call them as he sees them," said Greenburg. "Larry is an institution at HBO. Sharing the workload with Larry will be Max Kellerman, which essentially gives us two formidable broadcast teams on 'World Championship Boxing'." Merchant, who has called more than 600 fights for HBO over the past 29 years, will be on the broadcast team for the June 9 HBO Pay-Per-View telecast from Madison Square Garden, headlined by the bout between Miguel Cotto and Zab Judah. Kellerman's upcoming assignments are the June 23 Hatton-Castillo fight in Las Vegas, the Atlantic City portion of the July 14 "World Championship Boxing" tripleheader; and the July 21 HBO Pay-Per-View event from Las Vegas, featuring Bernard Hopkins and Winky Wright
 

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When I read this earlier I was at first excited. Now I am somewhat torn. I love Merchant's goofy metaphors, but I hate his attitude. He talks down about boxers on a fairly consistent basis and has his favorites.
 

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PrettyBoyFloyd said:
When I read this earlier I was at first excited. Now I am somewhat torn. I love Merchant's goofy metaphors, but I hate his attitude. He talks down about boxers on a fairly consistent basis and has his favorites.
he's clearly a pac hugger. :laugh:
 

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No shame in being a Pac hugger, since he's one of those guys who is the real mccoy.
Im neutral about the re-signing of Merchant. I also love his honesty and boldness with interview questioning, but he's getting a little older and slower, and yes he does have "favorites".
He's kind of the John Madden of the boxing telecast world.
 

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That is exactly what I think as well, with Madden being the better of the comparable two. I just hate his love for the Klitschko's and his negative comments about the sport. Nobody beats Merchant at post-fight interviews, however.
 

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im very glad, ask your self one thing, Would watching hbo boxing be the same?? the answer is NO, merchant brings controversy and you just gotta love to disagree with him. But when it comes down to it, He knows what he's talking about. And we all have our favorites, and if you think you can just go on the air and be neutral towards them all your crazy. He usually speaks the things we are thinking.
 

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I know HBO would not be NEAR the same without Merchant. It would take about 10 fights just to get used to it. I just don't like what I said. He rarely says what I am thinking. I always really liked Larry Merchant, but recently he has kind of pissed me off.
 

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merchant is known for his drinking, but merchant is there for 2 reasons, hilarious comments that add drama and comedic affect ( funniest man on the planet next to charles barkely and martin lawrence lol ) and his extend knowledge about the sport. It just so much comfortable listening to him and lampley. as for steward, i just wait for the fights that he is in the corner of a fighter rather than at ringside commentating. he's alot more biases than any of the others.
 
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