Mayweather vs. Ortiz: Dirty Boxing and 8 Things To Take Away from Starpower
Saturday night was a pretty eventful night up until the beginning of Alfonso Gomez vs. Saul "Canelo" Alvarez.
This fight was hyped up to be the fight of the year, and to everybody who watched, we pretty much ended up with a dud.
Now, was it expected for Floyd to win the fight? Yes
The manner in which he won the fight though was highly controversial and will ring throughout the boxing world for a very long time.
With that being said, here are 10 things to take away from this weekends undercard and main event of Starpower.
BEFORE YOU CRITICIZE ME FOR GETTING ON MAYWEATHER AND NOT ORTIZ, I GET ON BOTH. I CONDONE NEITHER OF THEIR ACTIONS. AS FOR WHETHER THE FIGHT WAS CALLED BACK ON OR NOT, I NEED TO WAIT FOR A CLEAR VIDEO ON IF IT WAS OR WASN'T.
Jesse Vargas Isn't Ready for Amir Khan
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Amir Khan has recently tried to drum up some interest in a fight between him and Floyd Mayweather Jr. that will hopefully take place in 2012. Before that happens though, Mayweather told Khan that he must first defeat one of the fighters under his banner—Jessie Vargas.
Now, this didn't really seem to bother Khan, and he countered Mayweather's offer of having Vargas defeat Marcos Maidana first before getting a shot at him.
It's only fair as Khan is one of the biggest names in the sport and a multiple belt holder. Vargas, well, he's a nobody who's only claim to fame right now seems to be being promoted by Mayweather.
After his recent SD victory over Lopez, I would agree with the commentators that Vargas is nowhere near ready for someone of Khan's caliber. Khan could do what the commentators suggested and take Vargas on text Tuesday at 4 p.m.
Khan's faster, more skilled and would take advantage of Vargas being tired. Lopez had the perfect opportunity to win, but his lack of activity and only blocking sealed his defeat against Vargas. If Khan really does have to fight Vargas to get to Mayweather, I suggest he do it now because he won't be able to hold a candle to Khan.
Erik Morales Is a Force in the JWW Division
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First, I want to start off by congratulating Erik Morales on winning a title in his fourth weight division and seemingly being the first Mexican fighter to do so. Then again, the circumstances in which he won (inexperienced fighter rated No. 11 by WBC, vacant belt, two weeks notice) can muddy up the achievement.
Okay, before you guys start criticizing me about his opponent, Morales did extremely well against his opponent who was a decade his junior. He had to totally switch up his game plan, which was for Matthysse and prepare for somebody completely different.
His performance wasn't quite as outstanding as it was against Maidana, but Cano is no Maidana. Sure Morales was pretty shaky at times in his performance, but he showed he can still perform quite well at this stage of his career. I also couldn't get over how many times the commentators poked fun of his old flabby body type.
Now, 140 seems to be running shallow as Alexander and Khan are leaving the division soon. Guerrero is out of commission for a while and who knows how long Matthysse will be out (probably not long to be honest).
Bradley wants a crack at Morales as soon as he gets back into the ring to claim what rightfully belongs to him. The day that happens, we'll see how well Morales can perform with the best in the division. I believe he deserves his place in the top 10 junior welterweights right now.
Canelo Needs To Be Tested
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Yes, I'm one of those people that still criticize Canelo for not being tested yet in his career.
I mean, can you blame me? If you can, I'm sorry, but I do believe he has the potential to live up to all the hype he's receiving.
First of all, he won a vacated belt against Matthew Hatton, who never fought out of welterweight in his life. Then he destroyed Ryan Rhodes and finally Alfonso Gomez tonight.
I admit, I thought Gomez had a good chance of winning. Despite the fact he's my favorite boxer, he was able to fight against and win above his natural weight class (154 and 160). He seemed to have a plan and seemingly executed it well until the his knockout.
While Alfonso was winning rounds, Canelo was just standing there blocking and getting hit. I feel he was doing that because he couldn't quite figure out Alfonso's tactics and stood there to try and figure him out.
Doing that won't work on everybody, and if he doesn't watch himself, it might cost him a loss down the road.
I think Canelo should finally prove he's the real deal and fight Angulo in Mexico or Vanes. If he beats either men, it will legitimize his presence in the junior middleweight division and prove he's not a hype job.
Ortiz and Dirty Boxing
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Yes, Ortiz was boxing dirty in this fight.
Right before he got knocked out, he intentionally attempted to headbutt Floyd while up against the ropes. I don't care what people say, that was not a reaction or a reflex, he intentionally tried to headbutt Floyd but failed.
The point being deducted was correct, and I agree 100 percent with it.
I don't know if it was because Victor was getting frustrated that he couldn't hit Mayweather, or he was trying to get a cheap shot in, but he learned his lesson.
Another valuable lesson he learned is don't make Floyd angry. Floyd understandably lost his cool and responded in an aggressive fashion to show his discomfort.
Ortiz spent the time between then and getting knocked out trying to apology, hugging and kissing Floyd.
Probably to pay Floyd back for the pleasant gift earlier, but it ended a little more like this.
Mayweather Still Has It
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To everybody who said age, ring rust or a size disadvantage would affect Mayweather, I think that answered your question.
I didn't really think it'd be a problem from the outset as his dedication to training and concentration for a fight is unquestionable. Also, Bernard Hopkins shows that age ain't nothing but a number in the world of boxing (well, depending on your style I guess).
I had Mayweather winning all but one round, and essentially, he was schooling Ortiz. He was landing the jab pretty well and fighting Ortiz's face with his right with effect. Had the fight gone the distance, it would have been a near shutout on my card with the exception of the one round I gave Ortiz.
Mayweather was dodging Ortiz pretty well and blocking most of Ortiz's flurries when he was against the ropes. He was often smiling at Ortiz letting him know that what he was doing was either missing or having no effect on him.
I can believe that, even on the slow mos it showed Victor missing or being blocked.
While I'm not pleased with the ending of the fight, he looked fantastic from the get go and proved why he's as good as he says he is.
Mayweather and Dirty Boxing
Elbows didn't seem to be a problem here, and that was Danny Garcia's biggest concern before the fight even started. He was warning Cortez about it before the fight and probably hoped he'd pay more attention to it as opposed to the Hatton fight.
That wasn't even the biggest problem on Saturday night as the fight ended in a controversial fashion.
After Victor tried to headbutt Mayweather, he continually tried to apologize to Ortiz while Cortez was talking to a side judge. Now, I don't remember off the top of my head whether Cortez called the fight back on after deducting a point, but it sure didn't look like it.
If you look here, you can see Cortez talking to a side judge and at 0:04, Mayweather looking to make sure Cortez isn't looking. Now, I may be wrong, and the fight might have been called back on. I just remembered him looking away, and I'm assuming he still didn't call them back in. All I remember was Cortez facing away and Ortiz on the floor.
If that's the case, Cortez did a wonderful job of paying attention to the fight and making sure nothing goes wrong (I'm being sarcastic for those of you who can't read it on the internet).
Now, I am in no way defending Ortiz. He deserved to have that point deducted and headbutting was dirty as well. What Mayweather did was totally classless and should expect even more people to hate on him and criticize his victory.
Yes, I know the Ortiz headbutt was unfair. How fair is it though that one gets deducted a point, and the other is awarded a knockout victory?
Doesn't matter now, Mayweather was winning and should have just finished the fight. Now, he'll never hear the end of it.
Protect Yourself at All Times, Right?
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Now, people are defending Floyd's actions of hitting Ortiz while he was trying to hug and apologize to him.
I could actually see this as being a legitimate reason for his actions and there wouldn't be any controversy.
Like I stated in the slide before though, the problem behind this is people didn't see this as fair because they feel Cortez didn't call for the fight to continue.
Here is an example of what I mean.
The ref calls for the fight to start, and the guy puts his hand up to touch gloves. The opponent has other ideas and knocks him out.
Illegal? No, fight started already and you need to protect yourself at all times.
Honorable? No, hitting someone while they're defenseless is pretty pityful.
For Mayweather and Ortiz here, it didn't look like Cortez called the fight to continue because, as I said before, he's talking to a line judge and looking outside the ring. Now, if you're going to call something you didn't even see, I wouldn't qualify that as fair and firm.
Should Victor have had his guard up the whole time? Yes
This is over now, and we'll see how the media and public receives this. So far, it seems to be negative on Floyd mostly.
Nail in the Pacquiao/Mayweather Super Fight
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I'm going to say this right now, this is probably the nail in the Pacquiao/Mayweather super fight coffin. When I was watching it in the theater, everybody was screaming Pacquiao was next, but I don't really see that happening now.
The reason for this, who else spends more time tapping gloves and being a lovey dove in the ring than Victor? If you guessed Manny Pacquiao, you're right.
In his last fight with Shane Mosley, he spent maybe a total of five minutes tapping gloves and giving Mosley friendly gestures in the ring. This will be something team Pacquiao will use, without a doubt, when dealing with a possible fight with Floyd.
Now, I don't think Floyd will do this again unless provoked to do so by Pacquiao. It's probably a one time thing we won't see again.
Doesn't matter though, people will constantly bring this up, and we'll never hear the end of how this fight will affect a super bout between Mayweather and Pacquiao.
I bet people are more interested in Pacquiao's response to Mayweather's fight more than ever.