Like it or not, Floyd Mayweather Jr. took care of business last Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mayweather (42-0, 26 KOs) won the WBC Welterweight title against Victor Ortiz in dramatic fashion.
Have you ever heard of the saying….What you do to others, tomorrow they may do to you?” Well Mayweather didn’t need a day to put that phrase in motion as he would knock out Ortiz in a bizarre fourth round finish. During the decisive round, Ortiz had Mayweather pinned on the ropes. Then he decided to lunge into Mawyweather with an intentional headbutt to the face. Referee Joe Cortez immediately stopped action and deducted a point from Ortiz. Whether it was genuine or not, Ortiz walked over and gave Mayweather an apologetic hug and kiss.
Obviously fumed by the cheap shot, Floyd gave Ortiz a little something for his efforts. As the two fighters touched gloves to resume action, Maywether caught Ortiz off guard and connected with a left hook, followed by a ferocious straight right that ended it. In summary, Ortiz provoked a lion and the lion attacked.
Ortiz claimed that Mayweather hit him before Cortez order the fighters to resume. “I took the break by the referee and I obeyed exactly what I was told,” Ortiz said, “And then…he blindsided me.”
True to form, Floyd’s view was that his punches were legal.
Mayweather controlled the fight start to finish. He landed straight rights to Ortiz’s head at will and his defense was masterful. All three judges had him winning the first three rounds. Ortiz tried to force the issue in the fourth round but couldn’t really establish any momentum. This frustrated the young champion which resulted in him resorting to rough tactics.
Now all of the booing directed toward Mayweather is totally unjustified. Who committed the foul? Which fighter got a point taken away? To add insult to injury, Ortiz hugs and kisses Floyd? Who does that? What did he expect to happen? I guess he thought that Floyd was going to hug back. Instead, Floyd went by the book and crushed his opponent. Now everyone from the water cooler to the media is appalled at what “Money Mayweather” did. Is the hatred for Floyd so intense that it would cloud one’s judgment of who the real villain is? I’d be curious to see what the critics would had said if Mayweather was the one doing the headbutting.
By Keith Madyun