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Larry Merchant Retires From HBO, Here’s An Awesome Tribute Video

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Larry Merchant Retires From HBO, Here’s An Awesome Tribute Video

Legendary boxing analyst Larry Merchant has decided to retire, and HBO put together an awesome tribute video chronicling his 35 years in the business.

I was surprised to hear this, but Merchant is actually 81 years old. He looks damn good for an 81 year old, so good in fact that he was ready to throw down with Floyd Mayweather Jr. Remember when Mayweather Jr. knocked out an unsuspecting and apologetic Victor Ortiz, and then Merchant called him out on it? It was insane, and in hindsight, it was a fitting way to remember Merchant.

Larry Merchant has spent his career interviewing the toughest men on the planet, and he was never scared to ask the tough questions. To some people, that makes Merchant pushy and annoying. However, I respect the fact that he was willing to tread on thin ice. Merchant never took the easy path in his interviews.

“It is extraordinary to reflect on all Larry Merchant accomplished at HBO Sports,” HBO Sports boss Ken Hershman said in a statement. “We’ve been honored to have him as a colleague and he’ll always be a member of the HBO family.

After spending the majority of his adult life sitting ringside at the most influential boxing matches in history, Merchant has certainly earned a break…



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