Larry Merchant Will Call His Last Boxing Match On Saturday

By BallerStatus Staff   /   Published 12/14/12

Larry Merchant

On Saturday (December 15), Larry Merchant will call his last boxing fight, ending a 35-year run as an HBO boxing commentator.

The last fight will be for 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. "That's what I do: call the fights."

Merchant is 18, and his two-year contract ends at the calendar year, with Max Kellerman assuming the full-time ringside commentator and ringside interviewer role, alongside play-by-play broadcaster Jim Lampley.

"I feel beyond lucky to have a 35-year run on this one TV show -- that just doesn't happen in this business," Merchant said. "I'm not retiring. I see myself as a work in progress, and I'm curious about what my next adventure will be in the media: writing, producing, Internet?

"If they had offered me a 35-year extension to stay at HBO, I would've probably considered it. But I'm OK with this."

Merchant joined HBO as an analyst in 1978, and has been ringside to call hundreds of major fights through the years, involving nearly every boxing star and champion in the sport, and handled post-fight in-ring interviews after the fight.

HBO's telecast on Saturday will look back on Merchant's career.

His plans for the future were unknown at press time.

  • bk the wrestler

    Thanks for the memories that u serve for 35 years on hbo,good luck to the future

  • Localexpert

    Thank God!!! he was the most boring, annoying and dry commentator ever! Boxers hated being interviewed by him.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Scottie857 Scott Jones

    I wish you the best in your retirement Mr Merchant. You were a very knowledgable and respectful commentator. You said the proper things when they needed to be said and you didn't try to make yourself more important then the fighters in the ring. You did a fabulous job in your years. May you find enjoyment with your friends and family in the future. I bow to you sir. Job well done.

  • Big Fellow

    20 yrs. past his prime. Good riddance!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002521303129 Ed Lasker

    One of the best boxing commentators ever, knowledgeable, great questioner and extremely insightful. You will definitely be missed Larry Merchant. Your shoes will be difficult to fill.
    I wish you all the best in your "Moving On", long life and good health, enjoy.

  • http://www.facebook.com/will.scott.1217 Will Scott

    ,,,,and to that I say Good Bye and Good Riddance!!!