the baggy trousered misanthropist

missives issued from the lair

The boxing world is tying itself in knots this morning over a post-fight altercation between Floyd Mayweather and veteran HBO reporter Larry Merchant. Merchant, who is no stranger to controversy in the ring himself, repeatedly questioned the credibility of Mayweather’s fourth round knockout of former WBC champion Victor Ortiz, after the winning punch appeared to have been thrown before Ortiz was prepared.

While the video of an octogenarian offering out one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world is worth the entry fee alone, one can’t help but wonder whether the real sleight of hand here has been by HBO. Once again, the morning after a great boxing match, we’re talking about their coverage and their staff rather than the sportsmen who have trained for months for the bout.

No wonder the sport is struggling.

Image via mmamania

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