Floyd Mayweather Knocks Out Victor Ortiz in The Fourth
Floyd Mayweather Jr took the WBC welterweight title from Victor Ortiz with a fourth-round knockout on Saturday.
A few thoughts:
I was impressed by Mayweather’s performance. He was able to continually back up an opponent that was 10 years younger and weighed 14 pounds more in the ring.
(Mayweather came in weighing 150 pounds. While Ortiz rehydrated to 164.)
Now on to the finish:
Mainstream media outlets talking about how “controversial” the finish was. The only thing “controversial” was Ortiz’s headbutt.
Ortiz’s headbutt was a ridiculous foul. Possibly on par with Andrew Golota or Mike Tyson’s “bite” move, but of course no one is talking about that.
Basically, Ortiz mentally self destructed. His headbutt was out of frustration, because he saw the writing on the wall.
Sportsmanship is something for little suburban kids on the soccer field.
This is Boxing.
This is Life.
And for anyone to say, “events like this tarish boxing”, doesn’t know their boxing history. Boxing has always has “crazy” controversial events and Boxing has always been a sport in “crisis”.
Hell, in recent history, when Riddick Bowe fought Evander Holyfield, someone parachuted into the ring:
In the “Golden Era of Boxing” opposing camps sometimes “drugged” their opponents water bottles.
I would say last night was pretty tame.
This, along with former three division champion Erik Morales (52-7, 36KOs) stopping previously undefeated Pablo Cesar Cano (22-1-1, 17KOs) is just another example of 70’s babies superiority over 80’s babies.
Mayweather’s Post fight Outburst:
For anyone that missed it:
“You never give me a fair shake, alright, so I am going to do you a favor and let you talk to Victor Ortiz,” Mayweather said. “You never give me a fair shake. You are [expletive] and HBO should fire you. You don’t know [expletive] about boxing. You ain’t sh*t.”
To which Larry Merchant responded:
“I wish I was 50 years younger,” said Merchant. “I would have kicked your *ss.”
This seemed like a pretty un-classy move for Floyd. Keep in mind though, that this tension between Mayweather and Merchant has been building up for years. Merchant has been incredibly biased toward Floyd, and I am somewhat surprised that this didn’t happen sooner.
Give Merchant credit for toughness though. Remember that Merchant is from Brooklyn.
Bottom line is that the general public will hate Floyd even more after this fight.
Which, if he can ever get in the ring with Manny Pacquiao will only add more fuel to a raging fire.
You have the ultimate villian (Mayweather) VS the ultimate good guy (Pacquiao).
Q: What would you like people to think about you when your gone?
Muhammad Ali: He took a few cups of love. He took one table spoon of patience. One table spoon, tea-spoon of generosity. He took a few cups of love. He took one table spoon of patience. One table spoon, tea-spoon of generosity. One pint of kindness. He took one quart of laughter. One pinch of concern. And then he mixed willingness with happiness. He added lots of faith. And he stirred it up well. Then he spread it over a span of a lifetime. And he served it to each and every deserving person he met.
Smooth. Couldn’t have said it better myself.
A little over 47 years ago to the day, Muhammad Ali got off the canvas to wax England’s Henry Cooper. In his next fight, he would defeat Sonny Liston for The World Heavyweight Title in Ring Magazine’s 1964 Fight of the Year. Boxing, and the World, would never be the same.
“You start to die the moment you are born. The whole of life is cutting through the pack with death. So take it easy. Light a cigarette and be grateful you are still alive as you suck the smoke deep into your lungs.”