MAYWEATHER KNOCKS OUT ORTIZ
On a beautiful Saturday night in Las Vegas inside a packed house at the MGM Grand Arena, Floyd Mayweather proved to the world that he is absolutely the best pound for pound fighter in boxing today. Near the end of the fourth round Mayweather knocked out WBC welterweight champion Victor Ortiz with a left right combination immediately after referee Joe Cortez had deducted a point from Ortiz from an intentional head butt.
The sudden and stunning ending of the fight caught Victor Ortiz and most of the fans off guard. Near the end of the round, a clearly frustrated Ortiz had Mayweather against the ropes when he literally jumped into Mayweather with an obvious head butt. Referee Cortez immediately separated the fighters and took a point away from Ortiz. While Cortez was deducting the point, Ortiz went to Mayweather and gave him an apologetic kiss on the cheek. When Cortez called time in, the two fighters briefly touched gloves and in a moment he will surely regret the rest of his life, Ortiz did not protect himself and Mayweather immediately landed the combination that ended the fight.
At the time of the knockout, Mayweather was ahead on all three judges scorecards and clearly was in control of the fight. This fight proved that Victor Ortiz can talk a good fight, but Floyd Mayweather fights a good fight.
The capacity crowd was clearly on the side of Victor Ortiz hoping he would be the one to finally put an end to Floyd Mayweather’s unbeaten streak. But most fans root with their hearts and not with their minds.
People will be debating this fight for years with some saying Mayweather took a cheap shot when Ortiz was not defending himself, while others will say the referee Joe Cortez lost sight of the fighters and didn’t maintain control at a critical point in the match. But the truth is Floyd Mayweather did what a smart fighter should do. The referee had called time in and he saw an opportunity to catch Ortiz off guard and was able to end the fight then and there. Perfectly legal and smart.
As much as people love to hate Floyd Mayweather, he is the best thing boxing has going for it right now. He brings big crowds and controversies everywhere he goes, and along with it comes much needed publicity for a sport that is in a very slow period right now. The whole world wants to see a Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquaio fight and if it does ever happen I have a feeling Mayweather will continue to prove all his critics wrong.