Mayweather vs. Ortiz: Wins Cowardly, Abuses Larry Merchant Yet No Manny Pacquiao
Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s cowardly act against Victor Ortiz proves once again why he should get in the ring with Manny Pacquiao.
If you didn’t watch the fight, you would have been surprised to hear Mayweather knocked out Victor Ortiz in the fourth round.
Having intentionally head butted Mayweather, Ortiz went for a sporting embrace, Mayweather reciprocated and then blindsided Ortiz with two cowardly shots.
Let’s look into the whether or not Mayweather was right to do what he did, analyse the fight, examine Ortiz and look towards the fight everyone wants—Mayweather vs. Pacquiao.
Was Floyd Mayweather Jr. Right to Do What He Did to Knock out Victor Ortiz?
Yes he was.
Remember what referee Joe Cortez said at the start of the fight. Protect yourself at all times.
Victor Ortiz did not protect himself.
Surely the question has to be asked: did Ortiz watch Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s last fight against Shane Mosley?
First thing I thought, I’ve seen this before.
Start of Round 8, Mosley goes for the sporting touch of the gloves, Mayweather responds by hitting him in the mouth.
How naïve does Ortiz want to get? Not only did he kiss Mayweather on the cheek, he hugged him and profusely apologised like a gentleman rather than a boxer.
With time in, he decides to go for another hug and Mayweather responded like a boxer rather than a gentleman.
What Mayweather did was cowardly but it wasn’t illegal.
Floyd Mayweather Jr. looked like a 24 year old and Victor Ortiz looked like the 34-year-old coming back from a 16 month lay-off.
The only thing vicious Ortiz did was flagrantly head butting Mayweather. Extremely dirty. No wonder he was so apologetic.
From a boxing perspective Ortiz could not get inside of Mayweather, and at times tried to outbox the defensive wizard which resulted in Ortiz getting flushed with right hands over and over and over.
Why didn’t Ortiz just jump Mayweather from the get go and get into a street brawl?
Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Larry Merchant
I had a somewhat empty feeling when the fight ended, the same feeling I had when I realised David Haye was just going to duck Wladimir Klitschko.
Though watch this post-fight exchange, certain to be all-time classic, between HBO's Larry Merchant and Floyd Mayweather Jr.
I guess that's where my $40 worth of pay-per-view went. Merchant threatening to kick Mayweather's a__. If he was 50 years younger.
That's pure gold.
The Sad Case of Victor Ortiz
Forget about his upbringing, how bittersweet has his boxing career been?
For a guy nicknamed "Vicious," Victor Ortiz has a nice demeanour about him which contradicts that nickname.
We see streaks of viciousness like when he was disqualified for illegally knocking out Corey Alarcon when referee David Denkin ordered the fighters to separate.
Also tonight with the vicious head butt at Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Yet having quit against Marcos Maidana, and then saying he didn't deserve to be beat up; Ortiz suffered one of the worse slurs a boxer could receive—no heart and no determination.
Then tonight, he did not protect himself, he was too naïve because he was too nice to Mayweather.
You could see it in younger brother Temo’s eyes; the hatred when Mayweather went to embrace Ortiz having cowardly knocked him out.
Where was that hatred from Ortiz?
If Ortiz was vicious, he would have sucker punched Mayweather for potentially screwing over his career.
Instead Ortiz hugged Mayweather as if nothing happened.
How can Ortiz ever live this fight down?
Mayweather vs. Pacquiao
Hopefully the most entertaining part of Manny Pacquiao vs. Juan Manuel Marquez isn’t the post-fight interview.
Assuming Pacquiao wins, Mayweather vs. Pacquiao must happen in 2012.
It’s the fight everyone wants. It's the fight that will cement a fighter's legacy.
It’s the fight where Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s antics, his loud mouth, his disrespectful demeanour will be dished back at him with a 1 next to his 42 wins.