Though fans flocked in to watch the fight go down between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and “Vicious” Victor Ortiz, many were shocked when the supposed boxing match somewhat turned into a pro wrestling style combat.
Most of the time, Ortiz was being outmaneuvered by Mayweather during their match. However, Ortiz was still determined to defend his WBC welterweight title, which led to a blatant headbutt that was delivered to Mayweather’s mouth. After the headbutt, fans could barely see the match as boxing – but more of pro wrestling.
It was only natural that “Money” Mayweather took great offense from Ortiz’ headbutting. Ortiz resulted to apologizing for his actions especially after having a point deducted in lieu of his actions. For some reason, the referee, Joe Cortez, seemed to find something rather interesting in the audience instead of the match he was supposed to be officiating. With his back turned from the duo, Mayweather clocked the still apologizing Ortiz in the face.
Though Ortiz attempted to draw attention to what Mayweather was doing, he was hit again from the right side and soon hit the floor.
It was only at this point that Cortez turned his attention to the duo and proceeded to count Ortiz out. Though the fight was over, Mayweather still got into a bit of trouble when he bad mouthed Larry Merchant. This resulted in Merchant’s declaration saying, “I wish I was 50 years younger, and I’d kick your ass!”
Meanwhile, Ortiz was good natured about the fight, nary a complaint about losing his precious belt. However, in a post-fight interview, Ortiz said, “At the end of the day, I feel like it was an unfair defeat… I figured, if I drop my hands and he hit me, it’s either a deduction or he gets disqualified.” According to Ortiz, Cortez called for a break and that he was simply following instructions. He claims that he never heard Cortez restart the fight.
Though Mayweather won in the spectacular fight against Ortiz, fans still wonder if he will ever fight the man (Manny Pacquiao) he’s been avoiding for years.
Ortiz entered the match against Mayweather as the fresh-faced 24-year old who has been pegged as a less daunting opponent for the well weathered Mayweather who has already faced huge threats such as De La Hoya, Marquez, Hatton, and Mosley. The fight was more or less Ortiz’ audition to be a part of the big time boxing circuit, and it is to be noted that Ortiz was only able to get into the fight after he reached the dead-end of the junior welter division. In that said division, he was able to defeat former champions Nate Campbell, Vivian Marcos, and had a draw against Lamont Peterson.
Meanwhile, the Mayweather-Ortiz bout had some interesting undercard match ups including a championship bout between Mexican legend, Erik Morales and Pablo Cesar Cano. With the Light Welterweight Championship title at stake, Morales was able to put down Cano via Technical Knockout within the tenth round. This was a result of Cano’s being badly bleeding and beaten up.