Re: Larry Merchant set to leave HBO after 35 years?
I love and appreciate Larry's contributions over the years, but this is about five years overdo. He can't keep pace with the action anymore, and he doesn't follow the sport's ins and outs — bullshit as they are — nearly as authoritatively as Kellerman. Max is very good, actually.
And anyone hating on Lampley doesn't really understand Jim's job. You can't put an old fighter or trainer in the No. 1 position. Lampley is the best ever at directing the commentary. Would you like to have Bob Papa do the big fights, or bring back Fran Charles? Steve Albert? Who? Having said all that, I'll grudgingly agree that Jim is past-prime.
Roy is good as No. 3. Steward was my favorite, but Roy is fine. Big George was horrible and Lennox was even worse.