Sunday, September 18, 2011

Floyd Mayweather controversially KO’s Victor Ortiz

Referee Joe Cortez yells at Victor Ortiz after he was knocked down by Floyd Mayweather Jr. during their WBC welterweight title fight on Saturday, Sept. 17, 2011, in Las Vegas.

Referee Joe Cortez yells at Victor Ortiz after he was knocked down by Floyd Mayweather Jr. during their WBC welterweight title fight on Saturday, Sept. 17, 2011, in Las Vegas.


— In just one round, Floyd Mayweather Jr. got a head butt, a kiss and a hug from Victor Ortiz.

He responded with a right hand that ended a bizarre fight early.

Mayweather remained unbeaten and did it in emphatic fashion Saturday night, stopping Ortiz at 2:59 of the fourth round to take the piece of the welterweight title Ortiz brought into the ring.

The end came just as the two fighters emerged from a break, in which Ortiz had embraced Mayweather in the center of the ring. As they broke, Mayweather shot out a left hand and followed it with a right that put Ortiz down in his corner.

Ortiz — a Garden City native who spent a lot of time in Lawrence over the summer and wore a Jayhawk on his trunks — struggled to get up as referee Joe Cortez called an end to the fight.

“We touched gloves and we were back to fighting and then I threw the left and right hand after the break,” Mayweather said. “In the ring you have to protect yourself at all times.”

The round was already controversial, as Ortiz appeared to head butt Mayweather intentionally, leading Cortez to take a point away from him. After the head butt, Ortiz went to Mayweather and gave him a kiss on the cheek.

Seconds later they were in the center of the ring ready to resume action when two punches ended it quickly.

“I took the break by the referee and I obeyed exactly as I was told,” Ortiz said. “And then, boom, he blindsided me.”

“He did something dirty when it was his corner who said I was dirty,” Mayweather said. “But I won the fight.”

Mayweather later engaged in a verbal confrontation with HBO announcer Larry Merchant.


boomrsoonr26 9 years, 6 months ago

Mayweather doesnt feel like he did anything wrong, or conducted in poor sportsmanship...which is why we are all losers for watching this fight. Even if we watched it for free on UStream. Boxing is broken, and Im not sure fight fans will stick with the sports antics much longer.

xfitter 9 years, 6 months ago

Total bs ref wasnt watching, had not resumed the fight and Mayweather blindsides Ortiz. The ref was talking to the judges still about the point deduction ands looks over to start counting. Boxings fixed.

KEITHMILES05 9 years, 6 months ago

Ortiz earned a cool 2 million for a few minutes.

ahpersecoachingexperience 9 years, 6 months ago

My guess is he made around 10. By betting his 2 on mayWeather winning in the fourth.

areyouserious 9 years, 6 months ago

Boxing is more fixed than NBA finals basketball. What a joke. No fighter is gonna take two punches like that. After the first cheapshot, why wouldnt Ortiz fight back? and the referee did nothing to jump in, after he saw the first punch........Rigged.......and yes Ortiz made way more than 2 mill from the deal. Good to see the Jayhawk get some national exposure though! You are a sucker if you paid to watch that fight........................

Sam Constance 9 years, 6 months ago

When I first saw the replay, it appeared as if Ortiz was looking at the ref, as if to say "Hey, you see this guy, taking a swing at me before you've called us to start the fight?"

Mayweather is an obnoxious loudmouth fool, who's actual reputation and skill pales in comparison to his own opinion of himself.

But hey, he won the fight, and it was technically a legal win. Sad that he felt the need to take a swipe when it was obvious the ref wasn't paying attention and that his opponent was not defending himself.

jwise13 9 years, 6 months ago

I happen to know Victor and you are seriously mistaken if you believe he 'took a dive' or something like it. He was clearly dazed after the first punch and probably thinking that Floyd would be penalized for throwing the punch. Victor is an incredible competitor, he worked his tail off to get ready for this fight, and would have done anything to win.

jartiv 9 years, 6 months ago

2.5 is what Ortiz got, not including his share of PPV which should at the very least double.

I feel for Victor, because he had his chance. That headbutt was him out of control. It wasn't necessary and if he had just kept throwing punches he could've knocked Floyd down in that corner. He's young, and while he had a shot to take down Money, the biggest fighter of his generation, its not Victor's generation. Victor learned a lot of lessons last night, and he's going to be a greater fighter for it.

Floyd... oh Floyd. All the money in the world will not save you from your fate. You may retire undefeated in the ring someday, but your legacy is tainted, and no one loves you.

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