Larry Merchant serves as special analyst for HBO Sports' presentations of "World Championship Boxing" and "HBO Pay-Per-View," and has covered many of the world's top boxing events on television.
Merchant, a former sports columnist with the Philadelphia Daily News and the New York Post, and a general columnist with the Los Angeles Herald Examiner, joined HBO Sports in 1978 as an expert analyst. Well-regarded for his no-hype style and his dramatic overviews of the fight scene, Merchant has covered a majority of the top boxing events of recent decades, including Sugar Ray Leonard vs. Thomas Hearns, Alexis Arguello vs. Aaron Pryor, Michael Spinks vs. Larry Holmes, Marvin Hagler vs. Sugar Ray Leonard, Mike Tyson vs. Michael Spinks, Oscar De La Hoya vs. Felix Trinidad, De La Hoya vs. Floyd Mayweather, Jermain Taylor vs. Bernard Hopkins and De La Hoya vs. Manny Pacquiao. Merchant's primary role is to offer pre- and post-fight analysis and between-round commentary, as well as conduct post-fight interviews.
In May 1985, Merchant received the prestigious Sam Taub Memorial Award for Excellence in Boxing Broadcast Journalism, presented by the Boxing Writers Association of America, for his commentary and analysis on HBO's "World Championship Boxing" presentations. He is the author of three books-"The National Football Lottery," "Ringside Seat at the Circus" and "...Everyday You Take Another"-and wrote the scripts for a number of HBO Sports specials, including "The Not-So-Great Moments in Sports" and "Son of the Not-So-Great Moments in Sports." He also served as writer for the Emmy-Award-winning HBO documentary series "Legendary Nights."
Brooklyn born, he is a product of Oklahoma University. In October, 2002, he was inducted into the World Boxing Hall of Fame in Los Angeles. In June of 2007, the BWAA honored him with the James J. Walker Award for long and meritorious service. In June of 2009, Merchant joins a distinguished class of new inductees into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in upstate, New York.
Posted 12:00 AM | Mar 9, 2009