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Larry Merchant: ‘Haymon and Mayweather are operating on another frequency that either ignores or doesn’t seem to need the boxing world’

Floyd Mayweather returns to the ring on Sept. 12 (photo: Naoki Fukuda)

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By Chris Robinson

According to various reports, Floyd Mayweather’s Sept. 12 return at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nev. may not be quite what we expect, as some indications are hinting towards a fight with former welterweight titlist Andre Berto on CBS as the next assignment.

Coming off the most lucrative boxing event in history, as Mayweather soundly defeated Filipino superstar Manny Pacquiao this past May, a matchup with Berto, who is 3-3 in his last six bouts, seems like a step back as the Grand Rapids native pushes closer to the end of his rode.

Larry Merchant believes there was pressure on Floyd Mayweather to make the Pacquiao fight

Boxing analyst Larry Merchant talking Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao (Photo: Boxing Fanatik)

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By Chris Robinson

I’ve had several conversations with veteran boxing analyst Larry Merchant over the years in regards to Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao.

While admittedly not always a huge believer that the fight would happen, Merchant genuinely seems pleased to see boxing’s dream match on the near horizon, as Mayweather will face Pacquiao on May 2 from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Larry Merchant on Mayweather-Pacquiao: ‘It’s a reflection of the fight that transcends boxing’

The Mayweather vs. Pacquiao buzz continues to grow (Photo: Naoki Fukuda)


By Chris Robinson

Whether or not we will ever see Floyd Mayweather face off with Manny Pacquiao inside of a prize ring remains to be seen, but there is no questioning just how much the boxing community and general public worldwide wants to see this fight.

After Mayweather and Pacquiao came face to face with one another on Tuesday night in Miami, followed by an hour-long meeting to discuss particulars, there is again a new sense of hope of this dream match coming off.

Larry Merchant talks Amir Khan vs. Devon Alexander and the possibility of Mayweather being next

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HustleBoss.com speaks with longtime boxing analyst Larry Merchant, to get his thoughts on the Dec. 13 Amir Khan vs. Devon Alexander bout and what the future may hold, perhaps a shot at Floyd Mayweather.

Larry Merchant eyes Terence Crawford, Mikey Garcia as potential foes for Pacquiao moving forward

Terence Crawford following his victory over Yuriorkis Gamboa earlier this year (Photo: Naoki Fukuda)

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By Chris Robinson

Following his dominant victory over Chris Algieri this past weekend in Macau, China, eight-division world titlist Manny Pacquiao has seen his name thrust back into the headlines in a positive light.

Pacquiao looked very sharp vs. his younger, taller foe, registering six knockdowns over the course of their 12-round bout, ultimately grabbing a wide unanimous decision over Algieri.

Larry Merchant still holding on to hopes of a Mayweather-Pacquiao fight: ‘Somewhere inside me I believe that could happen’

Manny Pacquiao outdueled Chris Algieri in Macau (Photo: Chris Farina – Top Rank)

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By Chris Robinson

While he wasn’t ringside in Macau checking out the action on first hand basis, longtime boxing analyst Larry Merchant still was able to appreciate Manny Pacquiao’s dominant decision victory over Chris Algieri on Saturday.

From within the Venetian Resort’s Cotai Arena, Pacquiao was extremely sharp, dropping his younger counterpart six times on his way to a lopsided unanimous decision win.

Larry Merrchant headed to Macau; talks Donaire, Gradovich, Russell vs. Lomachenko, more

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HustleBoss.com’s Chris Robinson speaks with longtime HBO analyst Larry Merchant about his forthcoming travel schedule to Macau, China, his thoughts on featherweight action with champions Nonito Donaire, Evgeny Gradovich, and Nicholas Walters, as well as the June 21 Garry Russell Jr. vs. Vasyl Lomachenko bout.

Larry Merchant says Adonis Stevenson was exposed; feels Hopkins may have the edge over him



Post-fight coverage as former HBO analyst Larry Merchant weighs in on Adonis Stevenson’s victory over Andrzej Fonfara on Showtime.

Larry Merchant feels that Keith Thurman vs. Julio Diaz is a mismatch

HustleBoss.com’s Chris Robinson speaks with former HBO analyst Larry Merchant about this weekend’s matchup between interim WBA welterweight champion Keith Thurman and former two-time titlist Julio Diaz.

Larry Merchant says Tim Bradley is a difficult fight for Pacquiao at this stage of Manny’s career

HustleBoss.com speaks with longtime boxing analyst Larry Merchant, as he shares his thoughts on the Manny Pacquiao vs. Tim Bradley II rematch on April 12 in Las Vegas.

Larry Merchant on Danny Garcia’s SD over Herrera, a fight w/ Lamont Peterson, and his future at 147

HustleBoss.com’s Chris Robinson speaks with longtime boxing analyst Larry Merchant about Danny Garcia’s tougher-than-expected split-decision victory over Mauricio Herrera on Saturday night, March 15 in Puerto Rico.

Larry Merchant says Manny Pacquiao will have to outfight Tim Bradley in their rematch

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Chris Robinson speaks with former HBO analyst Larry Merchant, as he gives his reaction to the news that Manny Pacquiao and Tim Bradley will meet again this April in Las Vegas.

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Larry Merchant interested to see Mikey Garcia face off with Yuriorkis Gamboa

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HusteBoss.com’s Chris Robinson speaks with former HBO analyst Larry Merchant about WBO junior lightweight champion Mikey Garcia’s victory over Juan Carlos Burgos and what a potential fight vs. Yuriorkis Gamboa may mean.

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Larry Merchant reveals how a Pacquiao vs. Bradley rematch can change boxing’s landscape

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HustleBoss.com speaks with former HBO analyst Larry Merchant, who looks back at the memorable year from WBO welterweight champion Tim Bradley, who scored victories over Ruslan Provodnikov and Juan Manuel Marquez. Merchant speaks on what a rematch with Manny Pacquiao may mean for Tim.

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Larry Merchant speaks on Brandon Rios’ tough year; can he bounce back like Marcos Maidana has?


Chris Robinson speaks with former HBO analyst Larry Merchant, as he speaks on the tough 2013  campaign of former lightweight champion Brandon Rios, who suffered back to back losses to Mike  Alvarado and Manny Pacquiao while also failing a post-fight drug test after the Pacquiao match.  Merchant wants to know how Rios will recover and feels we may need to take a page from Marcos  Maidana’s career in assessing his return.

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Larry Merchant is interested to see whether or not Adrien Broner can bounce back from his first loss


Chris Robinson catches up with former HBO analyst Larry Merchant, as he shared his thoughts on  Adrien Broner’s first professional loss to Marcos Maidana this past weekend and what may have went  wrong. Merchant feels some of the criticism directed towards Broner is warranted and is curious about  his comeback.

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Larry Merchant wasn’t thrilled with Guillermo Rigondeaux’s latest showcase: ‘I think I went to sleep in the second round’

Guillermo Rigondeaux, right, in action this past Saturday night against Joseph Agbeko (Photo: Chris Farina – Top Rank)

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By Chris Robinson

On Saturday night, Dec. 7, Cuba’s Guillermo Rigondeaux again put on another clinic in outclassing former bantamweight titlist Joseph Agbeko inside of the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Rigondeaux, the sport’s reigning WBA and WBO junior featherweight champion, had his Ghanaian foe completely befuddled on his way to the shutout victory.

And while pure boxing enthusiasts will always be able to appreciate the kind of displays that Rigondeaux is able to produce, former HBO analyst Larry Merchant, who was ringside calling the bout for Top Rank’s international feed, seemed less then enthused.

Larry Merchant not thrilled with Guillermo Rigondeaux: ‘I think I fell asleep in the second round’

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Chris Robinson catches up with former HBO analyst Larry Merchant, as he speaks on Guillermo Rigondeaux’s dominant victory over Joseph Agbeko in Atlantic City. Merchant wasn’t exactly thrilled with Rigondeaux’s performance and says he even fell asleep in the second round of the fight

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Larry Merchant feels the media must push Adonis Stevenson and Andre Ward to face the best

Chris Robinson catches up with longtime HBO analyst Larry Merchant following the victories of light heavyweight champions Sergey Kovalev and Adonis Stevenson in their HBO matches against Ismayl Sillakh and Tony Bellew. After hearing Stevenson call for fights against Bernard Hopkins and Carl Froch after his victories, coupled with Andre Ward’s desire to face Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. this past weekend after the Edwin Rodriguez clash, Merchant feels it’s time for the media to force the best to face the best

Larry Merchant feels Freddie Roach has again reinvented Pacquiao; calls a Bradley rematch an even fight

Manny Pacquiao following his spirited victory over Brandon Rios on Saturday night (Photo: Chris Farina – Top Rank)

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By Chris Robinson

The spotlight shined bright upon Manny Pacquiao this past weekend, as he returned to the ring against Brandon Rios in an effort to find out if he still has some of the same magic in him that saw him stamp himself as one of this generation’s elite prizefighters.

Inside of the Venetian Resort’s Coati Arena in Macau, China, Pacquiao offered up an impressive display by hammering Rios with a bevy of punches from various angles as he carved out a wide unanimous decision victory.

Watching the action unfold from ringside, longtime HBO analyst Larry Merchant had a strong curiosity as to how Pacquiao would show himself following his knockout loss to Juan Manuel Marquez this past December.