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A majority of critics over the last day can't stop talking about how much of a cheap shot Mayweather's knockout blow was. Well, I think Victor Ortiz would be the first to say that he would have done the same exact thing if he was in Floyd's position.
Why Ortiz decided to apologize so many times is beyond comprehension. It made Ortiz look weak and a predator like Mayweather took advantage of the situation almost immediately. It was a disappointing conclusion, considering their were a few times where Oritz looked pretty good. He had Floyd on the ropes a few times and was starting to use his size advantage a little bit more.
In the last few seconds of the fight, Ortiz looked like nothing more than a rough amateur. With the intentional headbutt, multiple apologies and keeping his hands down when the fight started again, Ortiz should be incredibly disappointed and embarrassed with the way his night turned out. He should have seen a move like that coming from Mayweather, but instead he got sloppy.
I wouldn't call Mayweather's move cowardly, I would call it smart. Ortiz should be defending himself at all times in the ring. As soon as you let your guard down and show weakness against a skilled fighter like Mayweather, it's going to be exploited.
Ortiz was the bigger and younger man, but Mayweather's punches just were too much for Ortiz to handle. It ate away at him and it was clear by the fourth round that Ortiz may have thought he was in a little over his head...so he decided to use it. In many ways, he got what he deserved.
Victor Ortiz is still in good shape, though. He's still got a very bright future ahead of him, but a good showing last night would have gone a long way in building his legacy.
At least he has $2.5 million to keep him company.