Welterweight

Mayweather vs. Ortiz: Why No Fan Should Be Upset with Finish of Marquee Bout

LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 17:  (L-R) Victor Ortiz throws a left to the face of Floyd Mayweather Jr. during their WBC welterweight title fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 17, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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Joseph HealyCorrespondent ISeptember 18, 2011

The finish to the much-anticipated Floyd Mayweather-Victor Ortiz fight Saturday night is among the most controversial finishes in recent memory.

The ending has set off a war between supporters of the two fighters, and it's also served to incite anger in many of the impartial boxing fans that purchased the pay-per-view event. They feel that they got cheated out of the spectacular bout they were promised.

I can certainly feel sorry for any fan that feels cheated, but I disagree with their assessment that they didn't get their money's worth.

You pay to see these cards because you want to be entertained. Along the way, you expect to see some great boxing, but ultimately, you are watching because it's going to be a great spectacle.

On Saturday night, you got all of that and more.

This match is akin to the Tyson-Holyfield ear-biting bout. People still talk about that match today like it happened a week ago. Why is that?

It's not because it was a classic bout between two champions, although it very well could be considered just that. It's because it had the entire nation buzzing.

This fight has had and will have the same effect. Within five minutes of the fight being called by referee Joe Cortez, Twitter was blowing up with reactions to the fight from not only boxing analysts and boxing fans, but other sports writers and people that aren't even sports fans at all.

Even if you couldn't tell us the difference between a left hook and a fishing hook, you likely had an opinion on what happened. That's what made this fight great.

You can say a lot of things about the fight last night, but you absolutely cannot say that it was boring or uninteresting.

Those that ordered the PPV and feel a little underwhelmed should cheer up. A decade from now, you'll be able to brag that you saw Mayweather-Ortiz. I'm guessing that the story will be as fun to tell 10 years from now as it is to tell to someone who hasn't heard it today.

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