Did you watch it? In person or on PPV or in a local Sports Bar or at a friend’s house? If you saw this fight you can leave me a comment with your thoughts, feelings or opinions and we can post them here.
I know that many of you will disagree with some or even all of what I will say here.
On one hand you are fortunate if you saw this one first hand. Right or wrong you are among the crowd that can actually form an opinion and offer it to the public.
You probably read my post from before the fight, if not you can read it here. My thoughts leading up to the fight were fairly clear and I did pick the right winner (not many were backing Ortiz) and predicted the early KO. It was clear that Mayweather was the better boxer with much more experience. His defensive skills were far better than Ortiz’s.
What both had was strong punching power and I expected a longer fight, maybe 7 or 8 rounds, with more punching leading up to the knockout.
I expected a better fight and it is disappointing that Ortiz decided to purposely head butt Mayweather and it is disappointing that the knockout came in such a strange way leading to all of this confusion. Instead of a quality title match we are left with a fight more on the order of Mike Tyson‘s ear biting of Evander Holyfield or some of the other ring fiascos we have seen.
On the head butt: the Ref rightly deducted as point from Ortiz. He had already warned Ortiz earlier in the fight when Ortiz attempted to intentionally head butt Mayweather. So the 4th round head butt was the second time Ortiz had done this. My thought? One point deduction was not enough.
What did Ortiz say about his head butting tactic?
“Frustrated by the punches he was taking without landing any of his own, he tried to head-butt Mayweather while they clinched in a corner.
And Mayweather? “Once we touch gloves it’s fight time,” Mayweather said. “It’s open season.”
What was the word at the barbershop b4 the fight??
If you did not get the chance to see this fight, you have heard something about it otherwise you would not be here. The amount of publicity that has been generated post-fight is enormous and much more than the fight really deserves.
The boxing match deserves some amount of public comment just because these are two top-tier fighters and one lost his WBC Welterweight Title. However, because of the strange things that happened in the ring in the fourth round of this fight it is now part of the daily media frenzy.
So, if you missed it , here is a brief synopsis of the four rounds of this fight.
Round 1: Mayweather wins 10-9
Round 2: Mayweather wins 10-9
Round 3: Mayweather wins 10-9
Mayweather wins the early rounds with his speed and counter-punching.
“Mayweather consistently beat Ortiz to the punch, and his experience and hand speed appeared to be the difference.”
Round 4: In Round 4 Ortiz appeared to rally a bit until a truly bizarre series of events unfolded and Mayweather knocks out Ortiz in Round 4.
“In (Round 4) Mayweather got a (head) butt, a kiss and a hug–all from Victor Ortiz.” This quote is from an ESPN article, just click the quote for more.
Here is the head butt, the hug, the kiss and the KO baby!
What I have heard from way too may “sports guys” on TV news (pick a channel, the local news is the worst) is that Mayweather used a “sucker punch” to knock out Ortiz. This despite the fact that post-fight Ortiz admitted he knew that the fight had restarted and that he (Ortiz) had “followed the rules” from the ref bringing the fighters back together to restart the fight after Ortiz had intentionally head-butted Mayweather.
The sports reporters on TV news (especially the local news guys) just want the airtime and this fight has given them something to talk about. But few have done any boxing and not too many have been professional athletes. I respect those guys even if I disagree. But some guy that had been the weatherman yesterday…and got a “promotion” doing the sports? Fuck you, get off my TV.
The Referee had deducted a point from Ortiz due to his actions which violated boxing rules. As the fighters came back together in the center of the ring Ortiz tried to hug Mayweather. Then he leaned his head in appearing to try to kiss Mayweather. Ortiz says he was apologizing for his head-butt.
Mayweather says he thought he was going to get head butted again and responded with a left hand that rocked Ortiz and knocked him back. To that point, the left was the best punch from either fighter. Ortiz looked at the ref, and he may have said something it was hard to tell. While Ortiz looked at the ref, Mayweather slammed a massive right hand to the side of Ortiz’s head knocking him to the canvas.
Some folks on the internet are saying Ortiz could have gotten up before being counted out, but I did not see it that way. It appeared that Ortiz was knocked silly and could not recover within the 10 count.
Did you see it differently? Comment her or mssg me on Twitter @zenDR and I will be glad to consider what you say. Hell, you might even be able to get me to change my mind.
I say it on PPV and sometimes the TV angle(s) just don’t give the real deal view of the action that you see in person. So, if you were at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas for this fight, definitely let me know what you are thinking. If you saw it on PPV somewhere I’ll be glad to listen to you.
If all you know is what some asshole said on TV news or on the internet…kiss my ass. I don’t care.
Update September 18th:
Victor Ortiz wants rematch “Fight wasn’t ‘fair'”
On a possible rematch with Mayweather: “I would love the rematch, because you know, I fouled Floyd, and I apologized in the ring, and apologized after the fight as well. Just heat of the moment. It’s one of those things where the ref was in the middle, and they called the break as well, and he caught me after the ref caught me (?). And I guess to a sense, it’s a payback but I agree to disagree, I’d like the rematch, though, it’d be a nice one. … … I do want the rematch, and I’m sure Floyd will give it to me. Well, I hope, anyways.”
That’s a MAN. Even though I do NOT think the Mayweather knockout was illegit, unfair or a sucker punch, I have to say…Ortiz is a MAN in stepping up after the fight.
Update September 19th:
Here is (short) HBO’s fight recap. They state that Ortiz was “stunned” by hard Mayweather right hands at the end of the third round and seemed “lost” as he returned to his corner at the end of the round. HBO also says that Mayweather had won all of the three rounds.
Assuming Mayweather was also going to win the 4th Round at a similar 10-9 score (easy & correct assumption), he would have been ahead by a score of 40-36. After Ortiz lost a point in the 4th that would have made the score 40-35. Just about impossible to come back and win the fight in 12 rounds by decision.
A boxer would have to win 5 rounds just to tie and then continue to stay even. With 8 rounds remaining that means Ortiz needed to win 5 of those next 8 rounds by a score of 10-9. Otherwise a decision goes to Mayweather. And, after the head butt, you gotta figure the judges will score Ortiz a little harsher making it harder to win a round.
He really needed to get lucky and get a KO to win. And he knew he was getting his ass kicked.
Consequently, the intentional head butt in the corner. Take a look at that part again. A little cleaner and that head butt could have knocked Mayweather out, Is that what Ortiz was thinking? Or maybe just cause a cut, heavy bleeding? I dunno. I just know that mathematically he already lost by the time of the 4th round drama.
Update September 20th:
Today Larry Merchant, the HBO fight announcer/colog guy said Mayweather would be the favoriate against Pacquaio. Course the 80 year old Merchant was the one that said “If I was 50 years younger I would kick (Mayweather’s) ass”. Right Larry, right.
If you read his full quote here, you will see he said something very convoluted so it is difficult to determine who he actually thinks would win.
Maybe he should say “If I was 50 years younger I would make a hell of a lot more sense”.
September 20th #2
Pacquaio today says that Mayweather would have been “troubled” by Ortiz in the “late rounds” and would have lost the bout. Say what dude?? He is suggesting that Ortiz went on the “attack” in the 4th round. And, yes, Ortiz did land a few shots (mostly on Mayweather’s gloves) when he moved Mayweather into the corner just b4 he jumped at Mayweather and slammed his opponent with the top of his head. Clearly. For the second time.
However, even if Ortiz did not get knocked out in the 4th round, as I explain above he would have come out of that round behind by a score of no more than 40-35. That is the best that Ortiz could have scored. And, given that score, there is almost no way for Ortiz to win on a decision. He would need to win at least 5 (and probably 6) of the next 8 rounds. Otherwise he loses on a decision. And it was obvious that Mayweather’s defense was stronger than Ortiz could handle.
So maybe he would get lucky and win 5 or 6 rounds, but it did not appear to be possible.
Or maybe he would get lucky and knock Mayweather out. But things didn’t seem to be heading in that direction.
Or maybe a third head butt would have opened a fight ending cut on Mayweathers face.
But Ortiz was not going to “trouble” Mayweather in the later rounds. Not gonna happen.
As is often the case with strange fights, the post-fight chatter is pretty interesting.
Everybody has something to say.
Today in the Sacramento Bee there is an article (I’m not even linking to it because it is such a time waster) where the writer says in his primary 2 points:
- Mayweather is now the most hated PERSON in the world, after OJ Simpson
- Mayweather is “ducking & dodging” a fight against Pacquaio
I’m not giving this guy any more room in my blog, that’s it. He is an ass. Like the guys writing (way too many) all the racist shit about Ortiz (he’s an American assholes with a proud Mexican background) and the guys with their profanity laced diatribes about Mayweather and how blacks always comeout on top against Hispanics (say what? They both have been treasted like shit way too often). I will not say more, will not give them space here, I will continue to delete their comments. Fuck em.
Late September 22nd:
Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero is ready to get back into the ring and wants to move up to the Welterweight class. Why? Guerrero (29-1-1 with 16 KOs) wants to fight Floyd Mayweather, Jr. I tell you, why am I not surprised? Guerrero is a good lightweight, but I wasn’t so sure before his injury when he was going to fight in the Junior Welterweights.
If he gets a fight with Mayweather it could be interesting, he’s a good boxer. But with the injury, surgery, rehab and weight class change Guerrero would have to be really prepared.
Excellent Al Bernstein video blog (on the boxing channel) regarding the subject of the mainstream sports guys (TV, radio, print dudes) and their inability to look at the big picture of the sport when one single well publicized bout turns out not to deliver as promised. In other words, they get lost in the hype and then their coverage totally misleads the public who usually does not pay attention to the sport of boxing. or any other sport for that matter. Reporters, sports or otherwise, have a duty to help educate their viewers, readers, listeners and not to play their dishonorable “hype”: chip when one event goes bad.
Check it out.
Replay tonight on HBO at 9:30 EDT.
January 16, 2012
Mayweather vs Pacquiao rumors: rumor had been this fight would happen in May 2012 or Novembember 2012.
This article from Bad Left Hook (one of my new favorite boxing websites) explains that now the rumor is that Bob Arum says Pacman will fight in June. Since some info is out about a Mayweather fight in May, Bad Left Hook suggests that the May fight rumor for these two fighters is just a No-Go and November is a bd date for a number of reasons.
So, they suggest we just believe that Mayweather will fight Saul Alvarez on May 5th in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand, and Manny will defend his belt aginst someone in June.
Then the whole Mayweather prison sentence in June.
So, maybe still no bout between these two top boxers in 2012. Another year of waiting.