Merchant: De La Hoya Was Paid 5 Million To Be At Affliction

Surprise Surprise, Larry Merchant and Jim Lampley taking jabs at MMA during the Shane Mosley and Antonio Margarito fight on HBO. From MMAWeekly:

“And celebrities here tonight, there's Sugar Ray Leonard in about the fourth row, and his one time Contender colleague Sly Stallone is in the front row,” revealed Lampley. He continued, “George Lopez is here tonight, good buddy with the promoter. Mark Wahlberg comes to every major prize fight at Staples. Joe Pesci, a Goodfella, called this reporter for tickets. I didn't have 'em, but he got them somewhere else.

“And there's one big name celebrity, Larry, who isn't here tonight…”

“A celebrity who is here in bronze only,” quipped Merchant, referring to a bronze statue of Oscar De La Hoya that stands outside the Staples Center. “Oscar De La Hoya, the live version, is in nearby Anaheim, where his company got a $5 million fee from a t-shirt maker so that he would be personally involved in the promotion of a mixed martial arts show.”

He added, “It would take that much, Jim, to get me to go to one of those things.”

Seems like these guys are a little butt hurt that Oscar was at an MMA event instead of boxing.


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