Boxing: The World vs. Floyd Mayweather

Hentley SmallCorrespondent ISeptember 20, 2011

LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 17:  Boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. speaks at a post-fight news conference after he defeated Victor Ortiz to win the WBC welterweight title at the MGM Grand Garden Arena September 17, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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Here’s another biased Floyd Mayweather Jr. article, so if you don’t like him, you should probably stop reading now.

If you somehow haven’t heard by now, this past Saturday night, Mayweather notched another victory. It did not come without controversy. After his opponent, the game-but-outmatched Victor Ortiz intentionally fouled him, Mayweather blasted Ortiz with a left-right that dropped him for the count.

The finishing combo came after the two made nice following the foul and ensuing point deduction. Ortiz was not expecting Mayweather to resume the action so quickly, and Mayweather would have done well to have waited for referee Joe Cortez to restore order.

While what Mayweather did was totally legal, it was also unsportsmanlike. But everyone was at fault. Cortez did not properly control the action; Mayweather was way too eager to take an open shot; and Ortiz forgot the first and last rule of boxing: protect yourself at all times.

It would appear that Money is taking the brunt of the criticism, though. So Money Mayweather resumes fighting after touching gloves and hugging twice and he’s the dirty fighter? This after receiving a blatantly illegal jumping headbutt from Ortiz that would have made James Harrison proud?

It’s typical world vs. Floyd Mayweather.

Throughout his career, Mayweather has been slagged for his competition. He fights undefeated Ricky Hatton—the world says Hatton is too small. Manny Pacquiao fights the same man—Pac Man is the greatest thing ever.

No looking at the fact that maybe Hatton just wasn’t the same after the Mayweather beating, but Pacquiao is seen as some great conqueror.

It’s typical world vs. Floyd Mayweather.

Money takes on Pacquiao nemesis Juan Manual Marquez and dismantles him in a way Pacquiao could not in their first two encounters, but again, JMM is too small. Where is the acknowledgement of skill? Was Marquez going to win that fight at a smaller weight? You could possibly make that argument in a close fight, but this was another Mayweather blowout.

And now Pacquiao is having a third match with Marquez, this time at 144 pounds, just three pounds south of Mayweather’s weight for his JMM fight. And the world just loves Pac. Can’t get enough.


It’s typical world vs. Floyd Mayweather.

When Money May took on Shane Mosley in May 2010, it was about 15 months after Mosley’s destruction of Antonio Margarito, one of the welterweight division’s most feared fighters. Mosley showed against Margarito that he was still a top-level pugilist. But, he was apparently too old when he fought Mayweather, because of how easily Mosley was taken apart.

Fast forward to May 2011, it was Pacquiao taking on Mosley, who I presume was still old one year later, but there was only a little bit of Pacquiao bashing before and after that fight. Why is it OK for Pacquiao and not for Mayweather?

It’s typical world vs. Floyd Mayweather.

Nevertheless, Money is the villain when he finally calls out HBO boxing analyst Larry Merchant for his continuously biased, incendiary post-fight provoking against him. It has gone on for years and is clearly personal.

Yes, Mayweather is unbelievably arrogant and inherently unlikeable on so many levels. But at the same time, he is so unbelievably talented and inherently underappreciated on just as many levels.

And Ortiz was the one who started the whole mess Saturday night. Mayweather just finished it.

When his career is long done and he learns some humility (maybe at a Hall of Fame speech), the sports world will realize how much of a boxing virtuoso Mayweather was and how much they took his skill for granted.

Bottom line is Money May rolls very well with the bad guy role, but too many people let their feelings cloud the facts. And those are that Mayweather gets unnecessarily maligned for the same things Pacquiao gets praise. It’s classic good vs. evil. Don’t let the facts get in the way of a good story.

Either way, the fallout from Mayweather-Ortiz just made Floyd more money, as the hatred grows. Bring on Manny.