Sunday, September 27, 2009

Max Kellerman Is Forgiven - Larry Merchant Needs To Go!

I can forgive Max Kellerman for the horrible interview he conducted after the Marquez-Mayweather fight. It's now more apparent than ever, after watching last night's fight on HBO, Larry Merchant is past his prime and over the hill. He needs to go!

Larry Merchant is an HBO boxing icon. He'll always be remembered for his funny (sometimes witty) remarks. But for the last couple of years, he's taken on the image of a drunken old man - and sounds like one too!

Last night was painful; usually I welcome Larry Merchant's wise remarks, but he's gotten to the point where he can't think on his feet like he used to. He rambles on, usually during the most exciting and important parts of a fight, where Jim Lampley is/should be explaining what the viewer is witnessing. For those of us who understand boxing, I guess it isn't a big deal, but there are a lot of casual boxing fans who do not have the hardcore fans' knowledge of boxing. And from listening to the HBO crew for years, it's apart of the routine as a viewer to hear good, flowing commentary. That isn't the case anymore, thanks to Larry Merchant.

There were parts in the fight where you could tell even Lampley was getting annoyed by Merchant's long, drawn-out rambling. At least Max Kellerman can speak fast enough and make his point without interrupting the flow of the commentary.

Larry, we love you, but you have overextended your stay.

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