It is no secret, Larry Merchant and Floyd Mayweather Jr. aren’t best of friends, and the long time HBO commentator had a few comments about the WBC welterweight champion’s impending incarceration. Mayweather lashed out at Merchant after his controversial win over Victor Ortiz earlier in the year, and it appears the beef is still on.
“It is what it is,” Merchant said in a recent interview with Chris Robinson. “He’s been through a number of these charges before. This time he pleaded guilty. It speaks for itself. He pleaded what he pleaded and I don’t know what he expected.”
Merchant still feels the super-fight between Mayweather and Pacquiao might happen later in 2012, but he is worried the anticipation might dwindle, if Manny goes for a fourth fight against Juan Manuel Marquez.
“I think it could still happen in the fall,” Merchant said. “What I have said of this all along is, the longer you wait, the more stuff can happen. In this case the stuff is Pacquiao might have lost a fight to Marquez. He escaped and Mayweather is going to be out of circulation for a while. Now it’s not unusual for Mayweather to be out of circulation. But we know now that it’s not his choice necessarily. Who knows what’s going to happen between now and the fall. If Pacquiao is going to fight and especially if he’s going to fight Marquez, who’s one of those matchups that’s not good for him, you don’t know what can happen. We only know what didn’t happen.”
Pacquiao performed poorly in his last fight against Marquez, barely walking away with a controversial majority decision. Most boxing experts scored the fight for Marquez, and it will be interesting to see what happens in a fourth.
Manny’s promoter Bob Arum is also looking at Miguel Cotto and Timothy Bradley as potential opponents while Mayweather serves his time. Pacquiao handed Cotto the first loss of his professional boxing career, and the rematch does have some potential for fireworks.