The most entertaining part of Saturday's Mayweather-Marquez fight—and I use that term loosely—was Max Kellerman's post-fight confrontation with Mayweather. It is the most abrasive piece of broadcast journalism since Jim Gray's All-Star Game interrogation of Pete Rose.
For those of you missed it, Mayweather utterly dominated his smaller opponent, Juan Marquez, over 12 rounds on Saturday night. So the elephant in the room was Mayweather's selection of a smaller fighter, and his refusal to drop to Marquez's weight for the fight.
Floyd Mayweather is a simple man: he just wanted to thank his sponsors and enjoy the victory. But Kellerman had to pop his neatly groomed head into the ring to antagonize poor Floyd: "Why don't you pick on someone your own size, like Shane Mosley?"
Mosley happened to be standing 2 feet away. He grabbed the mic and demanded Mayweather accept his challenge to "get it on."
The potential confrontation between Mosley and Mayweather appeared to be the minor spark boxing needed after an uneventful, grossly over hyped fight.
But when Mayweather tried to respond—in what surely would have been a dangerously entertaining, buzz-producing fashion—Kellerman tore the mic away in a panicked frenzy. Mayweather, now agitated, ripped into Kellerman: "Let me talk — you do too much talking." But Kellerman, turning white with fear, cut off Mayweather's rant, ending the interview before it could devolve into something actually worth watching.
Afterward, Kellerman was kind enough to forgive Mayweather for "his behavior."
I just want to address Floyd's behavior. It seems to me that in certain ways he can't get out of his own way. I'm friendlier in my disposition to Floyd than most in the media because I enjoy pure boxers and he's an all-time great pure boxer. And yet he seems to feel persecuted by even me, who really enjoys his craft.
Boxing, meet your savior, Max Kellerman. And people wonder why pro wrestling draws better ratings.
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