A Marvelous Scam

By Robert Ecksel on October 26, 2017
A Marvelous Scam
“Why should he retire?” Lamps said. “He created a marvelous scam with this whole thing.”

Some questions don’t dignify a response. But Jim Lampley, against his better judgment, felt compelled to reply…

Jim Lampley is loquacious. But he is not a jerk and minds his own business whenever possible. 

A stringer for TMZ Sports spotted Lampley at LAX and was pestering him something awful. Lampley did his best to ignore him, but persistence pays off.

Just ask any mosquito.

“Did you see the video Floyd posted last week?”

HBO’s blow-by-blow doesn’t suffer fools gladly, but suffer them he does.

“I have not,” he said distractedly.

“He’s looking really good,” said the kid from TMZ. “People are suggesting that maybe he’s not retired. Maybe he might even do a rematch with Conor.”

Some questions don’t dignify a response. But Lampley, against his better judgment, felt compelled to reply.

Mayweather will do that to a man.

“Why should he retire?” Lampley said. “He created a marvelous scan with this whole thing. He allowed Conor to quote ‘win’ three rounds so the whole global MMA wish committee could have something to latch onto.

“I think there’s a decent chance—there are enough suckers out there—Floyd could maybe make another $150 million. Why not?”

The questioner was disbelieving. He thought the fight was on the up and up and asked Lampley, “You think he threw those first rounds?”

“Obviously!” said Lampley, slightly warming to the task.

“You think he’d come back and risk his undefeated record?”

Lampley couldn’t believe his ears.

“Risk?” he said. “Risk?” Lampley was in no mood to play games.

“Did you just associate the word risk with Floyd Mayweather? This is not about risk, young man. Risk has nothing to do with it. There’s no risk involved with him.”

But, but, but…

“It’s all a set-up.”

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  1. Lucas McCain 11:13am, 10/29/2017

    JL may have been indulging in the refreshment stand at one of the LAX VIP lounges before the interview took place.  And he may also have a bit of the Howard Cosell about him—boxing will bring that out in a man.  As obnoxious as Howard was, “telling it like it is” is not entirely a bad thing.

  2. Pete The Sneak 02:53pm, 10/28/2017

    Toro, certainly not questioning Lamp’s honesty. He does come off as that. However, he is also a dedicated HBO employee and if the FMJ-Conor shim sham would have been on HBO PPV, his comments concerning it’s validity would have been somewhat tempered is all I’m saying…Peace.

  3. Kid Blast 04:42pm, 10/27/2017

    Pete, Lamps is a very honest guy. He really is. He is not perfect but dishonesty is not one of his flaws.

  4. Steven Stahler 01:30pm, 10/27/2017

    Bashar Al-Assad So…..he only scammed white folks huh? I KNOW he suckered black and brown as well…and since you seem to know what happened so intimately maybe he scammed ISIS and Al Queda as well.

  5. Pete The Sneak 04:27am, 10/27/2017

    Thank you Lampley for saying it and I agree (like many) that it was indeed a scam. However, I do wonder if Lamps would have said as much if FMJ would have been an HBO affiliated fighter as opposed to Showtime…hmmm . Just saying….Peace.

  6. Ted Sares 01:29pm, 10/26/2017

    Lamps has it right. Nuff said.

  7. Bashar Al-Assad 12:35pm, 10/26/2017

    It was a scam to be sure….but it was different in the sense that it was an affirmative action scam. An in your face con…a form of reparations where this black athlete gets to scam millions of white suckers. The set up was there for all the marks to see….no subterfuge….but none of that mattered….once they had the perfect foil in lily white Conor MacNugget the game was on. Hell yes! Lampley is right they’re good to go with this shit one more time for sure!

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