Mayweather vs Ortiz: One fan’s perspective

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    Controversy erupted on Saturday night in Las Vegas (Sunday afternoon in Australia) as Floyd Mayweather Jr. closed the show on the fight card billed as “Star Power”.

    Trailing behind on the scorecards, a visibly flustered Victor Ortiz managed to trap Mayweather on the ropes with a flurry of punches in the fourth round.

    He then ended the exchange with a blatant head-butt, forcing referee Joe Cortez to deduct a point.

    Mayweather, feigning acceptance of Ortiz’s apology, unleashed a left-right combination while Ortiz’s hands were still down. The result was a knockout victory for “Money”.

    The questions and controversies will linger on long into the next century. Here’s one fan’s take on all the events.

    Who wasn’t wrong?

    Floyd Mayweather Jr: Perhaps the oldest rule in boxing is the simplest one of all; protect yourself at all times.

    Call it cheap or unsportsmanlike, but Floyd’s actions didn’t break any rules. He hit Ortiz after the referee had made the call to continue fighting. It may have been unfair, but it certainly wasn’t illegal.

    Joe Cortez: Though Floyd’s knockout punches happened while Cortez’s attention was elsewhere, this was more a result of human error rather than a lapse in professional judgement.

    Cortez made the call to continue fighting and was right to count out Ortiz while he was on the floor. Otherwise, the Nevada State Athletic Commission would have ruled the bout a no-contest.

    Who was wrong?
    Victor Ortiz: For all his bravado in the lead-up to the fight, Ortiz wasn’t able to mount any significant offence throughout the fight. His best moment came in the flurry he threw right before the head-butt.

    The illegal shot was rightfully docked a point, and one could argue that Mayweather’s reaction was simply an eye for an eye.

    Either way, it was Ortiz’s responsibility to protect himself once the referee made the call to continue.

    No matter whose side you’re on amongst all the controversy, one thing is for sure: a controversial ending to one of the year’s biggest and most high-profile pay-per-view events is yet another stain on boxing’s already tarnished public image.

    Some post-fight thoughts:

    • Despite the long lay-off, Mayweather looked as fast and sharp as he ever has in his career. Ortiz’s southpaw stance posed no problems as “Money” landed lead right hands at will.

    • On a similar note, a rematch would only serve to settle the controversy, and wouldn’t do much to prove who the better fighter is. Mayweather’s flawless four rounds already showed that.

    • At 24 years old, Ortiz still has a long time to bounce back and improve from this loss. However, it seemed to me like he was a little too jovial about the fight’s outcome.

    • Larry Merchant may be biased and unprofessional at times, but as one the sport’s most grizzled veterans behind the microphone, he’s earned every right to be. Still, the idea of a 30 year old Merchant putting up his dukes against Mayweather is comedic at best.

    • The young Saul Alvarez was very impressive in stopping the durable Alfonso Gomez. Alvarez’s combination of solid punching power and slick defence will be even more of a threat in the coming years. The scary part is, he’s only 21 years old.

    • At 35 years old, the war-proven Erik Morales continues to prove that he still has a lot of warrior spirit left, despite already being a shoe-in for the hall of fame. Kudos, “El Terrible”.

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    The Crowd Says (17)

    • September 19th 2011 @ 8:22am
      hex said | September 19th 2011 @ 8:22am | ! Report

      Mayweather has no professionalism and has no respect for the sport. It is all about him and I can’t wait for the rematch with Ortiz or the ass beating he is going to get from Manny.

      Floyd the p….will have his day and I am going to be laughing.

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        September 19th 2011 @ 2:51pm
        Jason Tulio said | September 19th 2011 @ 2:51pm | ! Report

        Agreed 100%. “Money” will get his comeuppance against Pacquiao!

    • September 19th 2011 @ 8:45am
      Mick said | September 19th 2011 @ 8:45am | ! Report

      When watching it I thought Ortiz was embarrassed by the head butt & could not give enough apologies..

      I was expecting Mayweather to respond with a low blow or something but I reckon Mayweather shots were legal & Ortiz left himself open with his 2nd lot of apologies

    • September 19th 2011 @ 8:47am
      aaron c said | September 19th 2011 @ 8:47am | ! Report

      Jason, cortez never timed in he was talkin to the judges about to deduct a point when mayweather showed his true colors and whos to say who the better fighter is it was only the fourth round there was still 24 mins of boxing a head ortiz was wrong for what he did butayweather should have been disqualified bc he cheap shotted ortiz bf cortez told thwm to fight

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        September 19th 2011 @ 10:45am
        Jason Tulio said | September 19th 2011 @ 10:45am | ! Report

        Watch the video again. Cortez had already informed the judges of the point deduction and had called for the action to continue.

        • September 19th 2011 @ 11:53am
          Lu said | September 19th 2011 @ 11:53am | ! Report

          Also the referee was not watching or paying attention to the fighters but was engaging with the man down the ring.

        • September 19th 2011 @ 11:59am
          greg said | September 19th 2011 @ 11:59am | ! Report

          If Cortez had already signaled time in, why was he still talking to the judges and not paying attention to the fighters? What Ortiz did was wrong and he was paying the penalty for it. Floyd Mayweather is a no class punk, as the sucker punch and after fight interview clearly showed.

          • Roar Guru

            September 19th 2011 @ 2:50pm
            Jason Tulio said | September 19th 2011 @ 2:50pm | ! Report

            Yes, Cortez was wrong to not pay attention, but he had clearly called for the fight to continue. Otherwise, this fight would have been ruled a no-contest by the Nevada State Athletic Commission.

            • September 21st 2011 @ 7:47am
              Lu said | September 21st 2011 @ 7:47am | ! Report

              Therefore, a referee not paying attention to both fighters is accepted by the Nevada State Athletic Commission? I love this sport! But do you think it happened when a referee was watching them with intent supervision as when to stop apologizing & when to start a punch? I believe no one wants to see this mistake again. I also believe that fans & viewers want to see a boxer with integrity, a referee who pays attention or rather emphasize the action to stop apologizing but box or punch! Do you think this will happen to Ortiz if the referee was paying attention?

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                September 22nd 2011 @ 3:43pm
                Jason Tulio said | September 22nd 2011 @ 3:43pm | ! Report

                I agree that Cortez was wrong to not have been paying attention at the time of the KO. However I don’t think the ruling would have changed either way; the fight was on and it was Ortiz’s responsibility to protect himself.

    • September 19th 2011 @ 8:53am
      Me said | September 19th 2011 @ 8:53am | ! Report

      Mayweather did the right thing, hell for $70 million i would do anything to beat Ortiz.

    • September 19th 2011 @ 9:00am
      George said | September 19th 2011 @ 9:00am | ! Report

      I don’t care what the rules are all I know is Mayweather won the fight cheaply and with no integrity as a fighter. The referee is suppose to advise the fighters to fight and as you can see quite clearly the REF is the one to blame for focusing on some other shit instead of the fight and Ortiz for not knowing that May-weather would come back dirty after getting head bunted.

    • September 19th 2011 @ 9:14am
      Alan Garcia said | September 19th 2011 @ 9:14am | ! Report

      Maywheater cheat shot victor ortiz

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