Mayweather vs. Ortiz: Why Controversial Knockout Guarantees a Rematch
The controversial ending to the Floyd Mayweather vs. Victor Ortiz bout on Saturday night has given us many things.
It has given us a heated debate between supporters of each boxer. Thanks to the post-fight interview between Larry Merchant and Mayweather, it has also given us a viral video. Most of all, it will give us a rematch between the two fighters.
Nothing was settled on Saturday night. Mayweather certainly appeared to be in control at the time of the knockout, but we'll never know if Ortiz was on the verge of mounting a comeback.
Mayweather was ultimately the winner, but we can't say for sure that he was the better fighter. The fact that the fight ended in such controversy only fuels the fire in the Ortiz camp that their guy was on the comeback trail.
In the aforementioned post-fight interview, Mayweather also made mention of a possible rematch. In short, he said that if Ortiz was unhappy with the way things played out, he can have a rematch.
Not only will a rematch give us a better idea of who is the better man, it will also make each fighter a ton of money. Every match involving Mayweather is a big money maker, but let's face it, there wasn't a lot of buzz around the fight until the week leading up to it.
A possible rematch between the two would certainly generate a lot more interest a lot earlier. When there's more interest, there's more money.
The unintended negative consequence of a likely rematch between the two is that it makes a possible Mayweather-Pacquiao showdown that much more unlikely.
With Pacman set to fight in November and a Mayweather-Ortiz rematch that would fall at the very least next Spring, that puts the dream match of the two superstars at late in 2012, at the very least. At that point, I just can't see it happening.
Boxing fans will appreciate a rematch between the two, but it will be at the high cost of the bout that we have all been waiting for.
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