Victor Ortiz falling to Floyd Mayweather
Floyd Mayweather Jr. has defeated Victor Ortiz in impressive fashion by a fourth round knockout.
What this means and what happened may be confusing to some as the events occurred fast and suddenly.
Not many expected Mayweather to knock out Ortiz.
School him? Yes.
Knock him out for the 10 count? Absolutely not.
Victor Ortiz has proven to be a tough fighter and this fight has either dampened that image or slightly erased the idea that Mayweather doesn't have punching power or both.
Either way, the message here is to get the facts out, explain them and interpret what they could mean.
Here's four facts about Mayweather vs Ortiz.
Mayweather and Ortiz at the weigh-in.
Mayweather and Ortiz officially weighed in at the 147 welterweight limit on Friday.
But both men hydrated to a bigger weight for Saturday night.
Mayweather weighed in at 150. Ortiz weighed in at an astonishing 164.
Ortiz was the bigger man, obviously in how he looked and what he actually weighed.
Mayweather's knockout will look that much more impressive to many boxing analysts because of the size difference.
This may also prove to be a slight dismissal of a certain Filipino boxer's fights with bigger fighters.
Ortiz backing up
Victor Ortiz is known by his nickname "Vicious" because he goes for the kill and supposedly never backs down.
So why did he back up from Mayweather during much of the fight?
Of the 10 fights Mayweather has had at junior welterweight (140 lbs) or higher before Ortiz, he has knocked out only four of them. None of those four were welterweight-sized opponents.
Mayweather still kept coming forward as Ortiz kept backing up.
Why is that?
Mayweather employed a new ducking technique he hasn't used since Marquez. He often ducked under Ortiz's punches with fancy footwork, all while using his speed to counter Ortiz.
The frustration of being unable to hit a fast target cleanly while getting hit by said fast target, may have been too much for Ortiz to consider coming forward. Hence the backwards movement of Ortiz.
Joe Cortez deducting a point from Ortiz
Victor Ortiz hadn't landed too much until he caught Mayweather and began to flail on him while Mayweather was on the ropes.
He bashed him into a corner and started swinging many shots.
I noticed some people celebrating as if the referee was going to stop the fight, but on closer inspection, the punches didn't land anywhere effective.
Mayweather deflected many of them off his arms and shoulders.
Victor Ortiz missed with two shots, one from each hand before using his head as a third fist to collide with the face of Mayweather.
Ortiz was deducted a point for this headbutt.
Ortiz is a rookie. He's never dealt with a Mayweather-type fighter before.
He gave it his best flurry and Mayweather was still standing. He headbutted him out of anger.
Mayweather knocking out Ortiz.
In the fourth round, Ortiz tried to embrace Mayweather and Mayweather returned fire with a two-punch combination that left Ortiz on his back and unable to get up for the 10 count, awarding Mayweather the knockout.
Mayweather took advantage of a headbutt and knocked Ortiz out for having his guard down. It's one thing to apologize with a kiss, something Ortiz did immediately after the headbutt.
It's another thing to continue to do this when it's time to fight and not expect to get hit. Mayweather has a history of knocking fighters down, around and out when they are talking or not trying to guard themselves.
Fighters routinely get confused by Mayweather, exhibit strange behavior and then seem dumbfounded by Mayweather hitting them in the face as they exhibit said strange behavior.
Kissing a man during a fight is strange. It's a fight for a reason. A kiss after headbutting your opponent can be seen as more insulting than apologetic.
Between Mayweather's knockout and the Pacquiao-Mosley glove-bumping "lovefest" from earlier this year, a discussion on what true sportsmanship in boxing exactly pertains is coming into the forefront.