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December 13, 2012 | By Lance Pugmire
Larry Merchant will end his 35-year run as an HBO boxing commentator Saturday in calling the Nonito Donaire-Jorge Arce junior-featherweight title bout. “I find some poetic symmetry in going out on what's not a major event, but just another fight,” Merchant said Thursday before boarding a flight from LAX to Houston for the bout. “That's what I do: call the fights.” Merchant's two-year deal to provide commentary ends at the calendar year, and HBO can now call upon him for three years as a self-described “Tom Brokaw-like senior kibbitzer,” who'll weigh in on boxing news and big fights.
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December 13, 2012 | By Lance Pugmire
Larry Merchant will end his 35-year run as an HBO boxing commentator Saturday in calling the Nonito Donaire-Jorge Arce junior-featherweight title bout. “I find some poetic symmetry in going out on what's not a major event, but just another fight,” Merchant said Thursday before boarding a flight from LAX to Houston for the bout. “That's what I do: call the fights.” Merchant's two-year deal to provide commentary ends at the calendar year, and HBO can now call upon him for three years as a self-described “Tom Brokaw-like senior kibbitzer,” who'll weigh in on boxing news and big fights.
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April 15, 1997 | STEVE SPRINGER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Remarks made by television commentator Larry Merchant about the appropriateness of using a Mariachi band before Saturday night's Oscar De La Hoya-Pernell Whitaker title fight has provoked some angry reaction. Promoter Bob Arum has demanded an apology, and there have been about 30 calls of protest to the Los Angeles office of TVKO, the pay-per-view company that telecast the fight. There were also scattered protests in other cities.
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May 1, 2012 | By Lance Pugmire
There will be a rematch. At the end of Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s controversial, borderline-sucker-punch victory over Victor Ortiz in September, HBO boxing analyst Larry Merchant's post-fight interview with Mayweather took a personal turn. Mayweather accused Merchant of never giving him a break, and said angrily that HBO should fire the now 81-year-old, to which Merchant replied, "If I was 50 years younger, I'd kick your [rear]. " When Mayweather returns to the ring Saturday at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas against world super-welterweight champion Miguel Cotto, Merchant will help call the action, and has been assigned to post-fight interview duty even though the sport's top power broker has said he doesn't want to talk to the man. Are you surprised you got this assignment given HBO's reputation for catering to the wishes of Mayweather and his team?
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December 8, 2003 | Larry Stewart, Times Staff Writer
Once when Jim Lampley and George Foreman were at odds, Foreman made his peace by giving Lampley a vintage watch. After Foreman announced last week that he is leaving HBO at the end of the year, Larry Merchant recalled that he was upset with Foreman after September's Shane Mosley-Oscar De La Hoya fight. Foreman said to Merchant on the air, "You don't know boxing, you just watch boxing."
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July 16, 1996 | Allan Malamud
In the midst of what would seem to be an insane spending spree by NBA owners, please consider that they didn't get rich by making poor business decisions. . . . But wouldn't Alonzo Mourning be equally as happy making $35 million over seven years as he will be making $105 million as long as his salary was higher than any other center except perhaps Shaquille O'Neal? . . . With contracts skyrocketing, the fan who couldn't afford a $100 ticket now won't be able to afford a $150 ticket. . . .
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May 1, 2012 | By Lance Pugmire
There will be a rematch. At the end of Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s controversial, borderline-sucker-punch victory over Victor Ortiz in September, HBO boxing analyst Larry Merchant's post-fight interview with Mayweather took a personal turn. Mayweather accused Merchant of never giving him a break, and said angrily that HBO should fire the now 81-year-old, to which Merchant replied, "If I was 50 years younger, I'd kick your [rear]. " When Mayweather returns to the ring Saturday at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas against world super-welterweight champion Miguel Cotto, Merchant will help call the action, and has been assigned to post-fight interview duty even though the sport's top power broker has said he doesn't want to talk to the man. Are you surprised you got this assignment given HBO's reputation for catering to the wishes of Mayweather and his team?
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March 24, 1990
How can responsible journalists such as Allan Malamud and Larry Merchant criticize referee Richard Steele's decision? Steele did not rob Taylor of the fight, he might have saved his life. J. MICHAELS El Segundo
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October 16, 1990 | EARL GUSTKEY
Sugar Ray Leonard and HBO ended a 10-year relationship Monday when the cable network said it will not renew Leonard's announcing contract. Leonard appeared as a fighter 11 times since 1978 on HBO boxing telecasts and had been part of its announcing team for 10 years. HBO said the move came after Leonard's attorney/manager, Mike Trainer, did not offer HBO an opportunity to bid on Leonard's next fight.
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December 28, 1985
The tragedy of Roger Maris wasn't that he didn't get full credit for hitting 61 homers--climbing higher than Everest. The tragedy was that he had the talent but not the temperament to be the hero his feat required. If 30,000 people cheered him and 100 booed--and what seems to be forgotten is that most fans and sportswriters cheered his heroics--he heard only the boos. Nutballs and malcontents booed Ruth, DiMaggio, Mantle and Jackson, too. If you can't handle the boos, you can't play Broadway.
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December 8, 2003 | Larry Stewart, Times Staff Writer
Once when Jim Lampley and George Foreman were at odds, Foreman made his peace by giving Lampley a vintage watch. After Foreman announced last week that he is leaving HBO at the end of the year, Larry Merchant recalled that he was upset with Foreman after September's Shane Mosley-Oscar De La Hoya fight. Foreman said to Merchant on the air, "You don't know boxing, you just watch boxing."
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April 15, 1997 | STEVE SPRINGER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Remarks made by television commentator Larry Merchant about the appropriateness of using a Mariachi band before Saturday night's Oscar De La Hoya-Pernell Whitaker title fight has provoked some angry reaction. Promoter Bob Arum has demanded an apology, and there have been about 30 calls of protest to the Los Angeles office of TVKO, the pay-per-view company that telecast the fight. There were also scattered protests in other cities.
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July 16, 1996 | Allan Malamud
In the midst of what would seem to be an insane spending spree by NBA owners, please consider that they didn't get rich by making poor business decisions. . . . But wouldn't Alonzo Mourning be equally as happy making $35 million over seven years as he will be making $105 million as long as his salary was higher than any other center except perhaps Shaquille O'Neal? . . . With contracts skyrocketing, the fan who couldn't afford a $100 ticket now won't be able to afford a $150 ticket. . . .
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December 14, 2001
Elton Brand--"Unscripted With Chris Connelly," today, 2 p.m., ESPN; 11:30 p.m., ESPN2. Joanie Laurer (formerly WWF star Chyna), Casey Wasserman--"Chris Myers and Bob Golic," today, 3-7 p.m., KMPC (1540). Bobby Jones--"SportsCentury," tonight, 5 and 8, ESPN Classic. Laurer, Jay Mohr--"The Last Word With Jim Rome," tonight, 5:30, Fox Sports Net 2; 6 and 11, Fox Sports Net. Fernando Vargas, Shane Mosley--"Ringside With Johnny Ortiz," tonight, 9-11, KSPN (1110).
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May 5, 2000
A guest list of sports figures to be featured on TV and radio from today through Thursday: * Bert Sugar, Larry Merchant --"The Last Word," today, 6:30 and 11:30 p.m., Fox Sports Net * Karrie Webb --"Golf Plus," Saturday, 7:30 a.m., CNN-SI * Churchill Downs president and CEO Tom Meeker, Goose Gossage --"The Irv Kaze Show," Saturday, 6-7 p.m.
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