Last weekend Victor Ortiz lost to Floyd Mayweather in what will go down as one of the most controversial victories in boxing history. Floyd seemingly sucker-punched Ortiz when he was trying to apologize for a blatant headbutt. Ortiz now has a knockout loss on his record, but there are certainly worse ways that he could have lost.
During the first four rounds of the fight before the headbutt and knockout, Floyd was in charge of the fight, and headed to a victory. With that said, Victor Ortiz fought better than I thought he would.
Victor showed a lot of heart, and proved to fight fans and analysts that he's tough as nails. He was able to hit Mayweather with a few big shots, and despite getting lit up with straight right hands, kept coming forward.
Getting KO'd in a controversial manner is the best possible way that Ortiz could have been defeated.
No one really gave Ortiz a fighting chance, and he was expected to lose. If Victor had been beaten up for 12 rounds, people would be talking about how good Mayweather is, and how bad Ortiz fought.
The only thing that people are talking about is the controversy.
Floyd handled the post-fight interview very poorly. He went off on Larry Merchant, and lost some fans with his immature handling of the situation.
Victor Ortiz was humble, calculated and political with his answers. He behaved like a true professional, and showed the amount of class can should expected from a pro boxer. I gained respect for him with the way that he handled it, and I'm sure that many other fight fans did too.
With a big win against Andre Berto, and a better than expected performance against Mayweather, Victor's stock is just as high as it was going into the fight. Aside from Pacquiao and Mayweather, Ortiz is the man at 147.
His popularity is at an all-time high, and he will continue to get better paydays. Ortiz could even land another fight with Mayweather if they decide to have a rematch. This fight had little to no negative effects to Victor's career; look for him to bounce back quickly.