In the wake of the biggest boxing match in recent history — Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Oscar De La Hoya — long-time HBO boxing analyst Jim Lampley decided to close the show with a mixed martial arts pot-shot last night.
The moment was his to wrap-up what was a decent — not spectacular — bout between two high-profile stars. And instead of praising the fighters or the event itself, Lampley decided to use his time in the spotlight to bash MMA, saying something to the effect of:
"What these two fighters did tonight, is light years ahead of what happens in other sports such as mixed martial arts."
That's not a direct quote – just what I can remember from the broadcast.
Moments later, fellow analyst Max Kellerman publicly disagreed with Lampley, saying that MMA did have stars on the same level as Floyd and Oscar.
Put simply, the statement was unnecessary and rather bizarre.
Is he that paranoid about the emergence of another combat sport that he has to deride it specifically on the air during perhaps the last big boxing match for some time?
Makes no sense ... but neither does beating up women.
Sounds to me like he's just an all-around ass.