“What just happened out there?” texted me Big Steve after watching Mayweather Ortiz dramatic conclusion on television with his friends in Glendale.
Floyd Mayweather said it would be easy work during his walk to the ring. Victor Ortiz said:” I am going to knock him out.” Floyd Mayweather’s words were prophetic and it was Floyd who scored a knockout in front of a sold out crowd at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday night. Deducted a point for intentional head butt, Ortiz hugged Mayweather in a gesture of apology, not just once, but twice, as if to say “look man I am really sorry. After the second embrace while Victor was looking at the ref and referee was looking elswere, Floyd took advantage of the situation and landed a left hook right hand that ended the night. Was it nice? No. Was it legal? Yes. “We are in a hurt business,” said Mayweather at the post fight press conference.
“I got hit with a couple of head butts that busted my mouth open on the inside and outside,” said newly crowned WBC welterweight champion, Floyd Mayweather:” Things happen. You live and you learn. Only the strong survive. Protect yourself at all times. I went out there and did what I had to do. I told you guys I wouldn’t let you down. You wanted to see a knock out and that’s what I gave you.”
Prior to the fight night Victor Ortiz said he belonged in the ring with Floyd. He didn’t. Mayweather said he was going to stay in the center of the ring and fight and that is exactly what he did in the first round; he used his jab and landed some picture perfect right hands. Victor tried to press but could not find his range. Mayweather dialed in a straight right hand and was landing it with alarming regularity in the second round. Victor looked a little lost out there. Ortiz came out bouncing on his toes and landed some in the third round, but Floyd came back and closed the round strong landing his patented right hand.
Fourth round was breathtaking as Mayweather assaulted younger man furiously landing one crisp shot after another. Ortiz regrouped and mounted a spirited comeback trapping Floyd on the ropes, delivering some heavy leather and head butting him in a heat of passion. Referee Joe Cortez promptly deducted a point from the young champion. Victor apologized and hugged Floyd. As they separated from their embrace Floyd landed a left hook on unsuspecting Victor Ortiz, right hand followed and that was it; the fight was over. Victor Ortiz was on the canvass and could not beat the count of ten. Official time of the stoppage was 2:59 of the fourth round.
What’s next for thirty four year old Floyd? The world wants to see Mayweather Pacquiao.
“To be the face of boxing,” said undefeated champion:” I got to say one thing. If you are the best take the test. I am not ducking or dodging no opponent.”
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