Despite the fact Floyd Mayweather Jr. was a 7-1 favorite coming into the Sept. 17 WBC welterweight title fight against Victor Ortiz, the event turned out to be quite entertaining.
Like many experts expected, Mayweather’s precise counter-punching skills were too much for Ortiz to handle, easily winning the first three rounds for the undefeated boxer. Ortiz tried to go to work in the fourth round, trapping Mayweather in a corner and unleashing some vicious blows.
Even with Mayweather trapped against the ropes, Ortiz had problems landing clean punches on his opponent.
Tired of being outclassed by his clearly superior opponent, Ortiz had a moment of immaturity, literally delivering a soccer-style flying head-butt on Mayweather. The head-butt was so blatantly intentional that referee Joe Cortez was forced to immediately deduct a point from Ortiz.
Ortiz tried to apologize for the head-butt, but it was obvious Mayweather was angered by the boxer’s actions. The boxing match was restarted and both boxers touched gloves. While Ortiz kept apologizing, Mayweather wasted no time, clocking the unprepared Ortiz with a quick 3-2 combination. Ortiz was unable to recover from the attack, ending his short reign as the WBC welterweight champion.
While some of Mayweather’s antics have robbed me wrong over the years, I have no issues with the way he knocked Ortiz out.
“In the ring, you have to protect yourself at all times,” Mayweather said moments before calling out HBO commentator Larry Merchant. “After it happened, we touched gloves and we were back to fighting and then I threw the left hook and right hand after the break. You just gotta protect yourself at all times.”
Leading up to the Sept. 17 matchup between the two boxers, Ortiz and his camp accused Floyd of being a dirty boxer. In reality, Ortiz proved to be the dirty boxer, hoping the illegal head-butt would shift the momentum of the boxing match.
Boxing fans got another unscheduled bout when Mayweather went after Merchant during his post-fight interview. Mayweather called Merchant out for his prejudice towards him, asking for the long-time boxing commentator’s dismissal from HBO.
Victor Ortiz asked for a rematch after the boxing match, but it’s highly unlikely that he really means it. By throwing the head-butt at Floyd, Ortiz quit the fight like he did against Marcos Maidana.