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Am I the only one who thinks this hairball needs to blow away. His inanaties are wearing thin. "Boxing is not an 80 yard sprint." Huh. Thanks for your sage insight, Larry. Now please go back to sleep.:thumbsdown: :thumbsdown: :thumbsdown:
 

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are you kidding. we need a larry he is one of the commentators that tells the real deal and not bull**** you. just how he told mayweather after the fight with baldomir. i like merchant, and he should stay for several years to come.
what you thinking???
 

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I'm thinking he should just fade away. Subconciusly, I suspect he reall doess not like the fighters. He is lazy and does no due diligence or research. He just wings it. He sleeps through most of the fight and then trys to score it. So what I am tinking is that he is bad news.
 

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*Heh* I've seen threads on other boxing forums dedicated to the absurd, goofy and often perplexing Larry Mechant quotes. :laugh: He certainly seems to be showing signs of senility, but it just wouldn't be the same without him to draw out an occasional barb from Lampley and to argue how the fight should be scored with Lederman because he does view and score the fight with his, (however skewered), own logic, common sense, and gut. He is, in essence, the counterbalance to two other people that can't call a fight based on their impressions or opinions. That's not Lampley's or Lederman's job.

I do agree with you to some degree TEDSARES, Merchant doesn't seem able to completely hide his feelings about fighters, but I don't think he has disdain for a majority of them. There are some he has an obvious affinity for, some he has no opinion of, and some he probably doesn't care too much about and that sounds to me like a pretty good description of a boxing fan.

I don't know if it was just me, but for a brief second when Larry was interviewing Morales following the fight knowing that this might just be his last hurrah, that Larry had to concentrate on keeping his composure.

Who else could fill Larry Merchant's shoes? :dunno:
 

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Kellerman, Joe Tesitore, Marrota, Barry Tompkins, Teddy Atlas, almost anyone out there. Tha is anyone who is not a hairball or senile....which Merchant is.
 

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Kellerman, Joe Tesitore, Marrota, Barry Tompkins, Teddy Atlas, almost anyone out there. Tha is anyone who is not a hairball or senile....which Merchant is.
Kellerman isn't seasoned enough and sounds like he believes he can make something fact by the tone of his voice and the strength of his opinion. I bet he got beat up a lot in school.. like I did.. . *sniff* .. AHEM. Well that's neither here nor there. :(

Teddy Atlas puts me to sleep. He'll talk non-stop for 10 minutes boring the crap out of you in that long droning, nasally, New York accent while the fight goes on without even commenting on the fight he's there to cover. I live in fear of accidentally watching 2 fights in a row with him doing commentary because I'm almost a 100% sure it will put me in a coma. Seriously, I'm not joking. There are doctors looking for a cure..:(

I do like Barry Tompkins though. :thumbsup:
 

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Ted I could not agree more,Larry is just not a good commentator to have around. I have yet to be impressed with anything he says. He has been a pain to listen to for years:thumbsdown:
 

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I loved how when Roy Jones Jr was commentating with the HBO crew Larry would insult him about getting knocked out. Roy would just laugh wishing he could beat the hell out of Larry Merchant. I'm not big on what he says about boxing but he makes me laugh some times. I say keep him because who would you get to replace him? He has character, sure he is senile but thats part of his allure.
 

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Kellerman, Joe Tesitore, Marrota, Barry Tompkins, Teddy Atlas, almost anyone out there. Tha is anyone who is not a hairball or senile....which Merchant is.

C'mon Atlas & Tesitore are just as bad. That Fran Charles on BAD sucks to. There are worse out there than Larry.

Kellerman is good in studio but not very good doin play by play.
 

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I loved how when Roy Jones Jr was commentating with the HBO crew Larry would insult him about getting knocked out. Roy would just laugh wishing he could beat the hell out of Larry Merchant. I'm not big on what he says about boxing but he makes me laugh some times. I say keep him because who would you get to replace him? He has character, sure he is senile but thats part of his allure.
I loved that! Larry a couple more subtle jabs when Jones would pull his big ego into commenting on the fight before them. Although I'm not sure how much Roy picked up on what was being said or suggested. It's true that Roy was a very smart boxer, but he was no Rhodes Scholar. ;)

Fran Charles... *Cringe* I was hoping no one was going to bring that name up.

What's Bobby Czyz doing these days? :cheeky4:
 

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tedsares said:
Kellerman, Joe Tesitore, Marrota, Barry Tompkins, Teddy Atlas, almost anyone out there. Tha is anyone who is not a hairball or senile....which Merchant is.
Please dont say Kellerman, cause the guy is a dope. Doesn't he still have a death-grip on the jock of Whittaker?;) Or was it a poster of him on his bedroom ceiling?

Why not just have Lampley take over the interviewing? I think he does a nice job.
 

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I loved that! Larry a couple more subtle jabs when Jones would pull his big ego into commenting on the fight before them. Although I'm not sure how much Roy picked up on what was being said or suggested. It's true that Roy was a very smart boxer, but he was no Rhodes Scholar. ;)

Fran Charles... *Cringe* I was hoping no one was going to bring that name up.

What's Bobby Czyz doing these days? :cheeky4:
Bobby was good we should have him back!
 

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Bobby was good we should have him back!
Hold on a minute.... Where's the blank incredulous emoticon? This one will have to do :eek:
 

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I am sorry, but when it comes to LM, I get emotional. I have an entire book on his Idiotic, senilc sayings. For example, Daniel Ponce De Leon recently kocked a Thai fighter out cold in the first round after a furious exchange. He required quick attention and oxygen. All through this frightening ordeal, Merchant was making inane comments like, "that's a long was to come for such a short night's work." The guy looked dead, for God's sake.Mercant is senile,a hairball,lazy, and simply must go for the good of the sport.
 

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I am sorry, but when it comes to LM, I get emotional. I have an entire book on his Idiotic, senilc sayings. For example, Daniel Ponce De Leon recently kocked a Thai fighter out cold in the first round after a furious exchange. He required quick attention and oxygen. All through this frightening ordeal, Merchant was making inane comments like, "that's a long was to come for such a short night's work." The guy looked dead, for God's sake.Mercant is senile,a hairball,lazy, and simply must go for the good of the sport.
:cool: (*secretly I began to suspect that the one known only as "tedsares", was, in fact, Harold Lederman*)

How badly do you want him out? Are we talking "Thunderdome" here?
 

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I have a book on this idiot's banalities. Please don't force me to open it................... :mad: :(
On the one hand, I don't want to see your blood pressure rise, but on the other the hand, I could use a good laugh and I'm sure that book is full of them. :laugh:

Peace? :thumbsup:

I'd like to read "Blood in my Coffee". I've enjoyed "The Fight Doctor" Ferdie Pacheco's commentary on the fights I've seen with Steve Albert. Have you read it? It looks like it might be a worthwhile read.
 

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Has anyone seen the new rocky yet? Larry Merchant is in it and he is as hilarious as ever. Its as though when he read the lines he was given he thought they were stupid so he just read them very poorly on purpose. Either that or I'm giving him too much credit and he is just a horrible actor. Either way Larry Merchant rocks.

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I liked Rocky 6. Not the same as the originals but it was decent enough.
 
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