Mayweather vs. Ortiz: Ortiz Continues to Gain Popularity from Controversy

Brian MaziqueCorrespondent IIISeptember 25, 2011

LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 18:  Boxer Victor Ortiz (R) and his sparring partner Karl Dargan arrive at a post-fight party at Studio 54 inside the MGM Grand Hotel/Casino early on September 18, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Ortiz lost the WBC welterweight title to Floyd Mayweather Jr. by fourth-round knockout on September 17.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images for Studio 54)
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The Mayweather haters will never stop hating him. Even if he completely outclassed Victor Ortiz for 12 rounds, as he was on in the process of doing, the haters would still criticize him.

Meanwhile, Ortiz is just a kid from a tough background who has never gotten this much attention for anything in his life. He knew he was being outclassed. He knew he didn't have much of a chance to win the fight, that was the reason he threw the series of headbutts.

That's right, it was more than one foul. So for everyone that says Joe Cortez didn't warn him, go back and watch the fight, he did. Ortiz butted him at least twice before the one that caused the point deduction.

Ortiz' post-fight interview told one story, but his dealings with the media have been much different since. Ortiz said after the fight that this is just the way these things go and also said his head butts were accidental. Yeah, they were about as accidental as the stain on Monica Lewinsky's dress.

Since that immediate reaction, Ortiz has done a complete 180. The about face started the same night. Ortiz went to Studio 54 after the fight to party. This doesn't look at all like a guy who was just dealt what he believes was a grave injustice.

I believe Ortiz was happy to escape the fight without further damage to his face, as he has indicated is a priority to him. He mentioned concern about damage to his face after the Marcos Rene Maidana fight was stopped due to a nasty gash over his eye.

Ortiz didn't stop there, he then goes on TMZ and does his best Nancy Kerrigan impersonation. Why, why, why!!! "If he's really as great as he thinks he is, take a step back. We can settle it as professional athletes."

Ortiz adds, "This isn't the way something like this is supposed to end."

The black eye Ortiz has under his right eye was not a product of either punch that preceded the KO. That blemish is from all the other shots he'd taken during the fight.

He may be able to parlay this controversy into a big-money rematch, but no matter what happens, it won't change two facts that came from the fight. Mayweather haters will keep hating, and Ortiz is basking in the attention.


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