Tag Archives: Larry Merchant

Larry Merchant feels that Freddie Roach has again reinvented Manny Pacquiao’s style

In the first part of his exclusive interview with Chris Robinson, longtime HBO analyst Larry Merchant speaks on Manny Pacquiao’s victory unanimous decision victory over Brandon Rios in Macau, China on Saturday, November 23, revealing how he believes the Filipino star has changed up his style again under trainer Freddie Roach

Larry Merchant gives Nonito Donaire high marks for his latest victory; says WBA champ Nicholas Walters could be next

Nonito Donaire after his victory over Vic Darchinyan on Saturday night in Corpus Christi (Photo: Chris Farina – Top Rank)

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By Chris Robinson

On Saturday night, in Corpus Christi, Tex., Nonito Donaire stepped back into the ring for the first time following his upset loss to Cuba’s Guillermo Rigondeaux earlier this year.

In front of Donaire was a familiar foe in Vic Darchinyan, the same man he blitzed out in five rounds over six years ago in one of his most resounding performances to date.

On this night their HBO rematch was far more competitive, however, as Donaire and his awkward Armenian foe appeared to be fighting on even terms through the first eight rounds of their bout.

Some observers even had Darchinyan ahead in the match as the ninth round started, but that is where Donaire took over.

Midway through the frame, Donaire clipped Darchinyan and dropped him with a sweeping left hook.

Larry Merchant had Nonito Donaire losing to Vic Darchinyan at the time of the stoppage

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Chris Robinson catches up with longtime HBO analyst Larry Merchant, as he gives his take on Nonito Donaire’s 9th round TKO victory over Vic Darchinyan in Corpus Christi, Tex.

Larry Merchant would love to see Ruslan Provodnikov face Manny Pacquiao [Exclusive Audio]

Chris Robinson catches up with longtime HBO analyst Larry Merchant, as he shares his ringside account of Ruslan Provodnikov’s thrilling battle and victory over Mike Alvarado. Merchant also eyes Provodnikov’s stable mate Manny Pacquiao as a possible foe in the future

Larry Merchant on Ruslan Provodnikov’s future: ‘When you a get a chance to fight a guy like Pacquiao, that’s where the money is’

Ruslan Provodnikov after his big victory over Mike Alvarado on Saturday night (Photo: Chris Farina – Top Rank)

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By Chris Robinson

On Saturday night, Oct. 19, inside of the 1STBANK Center in Denver, Colo., Russian brute Ruslan Provodnikov scored the biggest victory of his career in outlasting hometown favorite and former WBO junior welterweight titlist Mike Alvarado.

The action was nip and tuck early on, but Provodnikov weathered Alvarado’s thunder and came on in the second half of the fight before scoring two knockdowns in the eighth round.

Provodnikov dished out some more heavy leather in the 10th, as Alvarado elected to stay on his stool in between rounds rather than answer the bell for more punishment.

Calling the fight from ringside for the international feed, longtime HBO analyst Larry Merchant gave great praise to new champion.

Hear what Larry Merchant said to Juan Manuel Marquez before the Bradley fight [Bonus footage]

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A flashback video from earlier in the week leading up to Tim Bradley’s split-decision victory over Juan Manuel Marquez, as longtime HBO analyst Larry Merchant asks Juan something in particular about the matchup

Larry Merchant on being wrong about Mayweather, the Amir Khan rumors, and Floyd’s future options

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More coverage from HBO analyst Larry Merchant, as he discusses Floyd Mayweather’s victory over Saul Alvarez, the rumors of him facing Amir Khan next, and his future options moving forward

Larry Merchant reveals what the big question is about this weekend’s Tim Bradley vs. Juan Manuel Marquez clash

Longtime analyst Larry Merchant in Los Angeles on Monday afternoon (Photo: Chris Robinson – www.HustleBoss.com)

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By Chris Robinson

This weekend’s welterweight title match between WBO champion Timothy Bradley and Mexico City’s Juan Manuel Marquez appears to be a fascinating stylistic matchup on paper.

In Bradley, we have a determined and athletic champion who is coming off of harrowing give-and-take battle with Ruslan Provodnikov this past March.

At 40 years old, Marquez is ten years Bradley’s senior but he is still enjoying the twilight of his career while coming off of the biggest win of his professional run with a chilling 6th round knockout over Manny Pacquiao last December.

There are several different ways to look at this matchup, whether one would lean towards Bradley’s work rate and persistence or Marquez’s accuracy and superb technique.

Larry Merchant reveals the number one question in the Tim Bradley vs. Juan Manuel Marquez fight

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Longtime HBO analyst Larry Merchant speaks on the Oct. 12 Tim Bradley vs. Juan Manuel Marquez fight and reveals what is the number one question in his mind heading into the pay per view attraction

Larry Merchant is surprised that Adrien Broner wasn’t ‘more explosive’ against Paulie Malignaggi

Adrien Broner, right, facing off with Paulie Malignaggi last night in Brooklyn, New York (Photo: Naoki Fukuda)


By Chris Robinson

In a fight that was a little tougher than most expected, Adrien Broner won a split-decision over Paulie Malignaggi inside of the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York on Saturday night, becoming successful in his bid to become a three-division world champion at the age of 23.

Due to a spirited effort from Malignaggi (32-5, 7 KO’s), who never seemed to stop moving and punching in bunches despite his lack of pop, Broner (27-0, 22 KO’s) appeared to be deadlocked with the Brooklyn native over the first half of the fight. As the action wore on, Broner’s precise and more powerful punches began to find their mark as he marched towards victory.

Shortly after the dust had settled from Broner’s latest triumph, longtime HBO analyst Larry Merchant, never one to hold back his thoughts, weighed in and admitted he was a bit taken aback by how the clash played out.

Exclusive AUDIO: Larry Merchant surprised at Adrien Broner’s performance with Paulie; eyes his future and more

Chris Robinson catches up with longtime HBO analyst Larry Merchant, as he reacts to Adrien Broner’s split-decision victory over Paulie Malignaggi on Saturday night in Brooklyn, New York.

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Larry Merchant doesn’t believe we will see Saul Alvarez in the ring with Floyd Mayweather anytime soon

Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez and Austin Trout in action on Saturday night in San Antonio (Photo: Naoki Fukuda)

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By Chris Robinson

On Saturday night, former HBO analyst Larry Merchant was again in the thick of the action as WBC junior middleweight champion Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez added the WBA bauble to his collection with a unanimous decision victory over former champion Austin Trout.

Calling the action from ringside for Golden Boy Promotions’ international broadcast, Merchant seemed to favor Alvarez’s precise punching over Trout’s determined fortitude, with a seventh round knockdown scored by ‘Canelo’ certainly helping his cause.

Three judges would agree, as scores of 118-109, 116-111, and 115-112 all favored the Jalisco, Mexico native.

Shortly after the bout, I touched base with Merchant, who shared with me his thoughts on Alvarez’s rising star status as well as his opinion as to why a fight with pound for pound stalwart Floyd Mayweather isn’t on the near horizon.

Larry Merchant wants Bernard Hopkins vs. Andre Ward, talks Malignaggi-Broner, and Keith Thurman

Chris Robinson catches up with longtime HBO analyst Larry Merchant, as he discusses Bernard Hopkins victory over Tavoris Cloud inside of the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Merchant speaks on wanting to see Hopkins face Andre Ward and also talks on Keith Thurman’s performance on the undercard and the possible Paulie Malignaggi vs. Adrien Broner fight

Larry Merchant on Adrien Broner’s bout with Rees, PEDs in boxing, seeing Donaire-Mares fall through, and more

Junior featherweight champion Nonito Donaire (Photo: Naoki Fukuda)

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By Chris Robinson

It had been a little while since I had touched base with longtime HBO analyst Larry Merchant to discuss the sweet science in depth.

No longer announcing fights for HBO and having recently celebrated his 82nd birthday, Merchant has been enjoying his newfound free time very well it seems. As one would guess, Merchant still has great enthusiasm for the boxing game and is always open to discussing anything related to the sport.

Calling up Merchant recently, we discussed some recent storylines, including WBC lightweight champion Adrien Broner’s bout with Gavin Rees tonight in Atlantic City, his thoughts on junior welterweight brute Lucas Matthysse, the issues with performance-enhancing drugs in the sport of boxing, and why he would have preferred to see junior featherweight titlist Nonito Donaire face Abner Mares instead of Guillermo Rigondeaux.