“Do you think Victor Ortiz should get a rematch?” inquired Big Steve during our morning jog through Brand Park:” I watched this fight over and over. Joe Cortez said time in and then Mayweather fired. It was a legal sucker punch.”
“Joe Cortez has done a lot of great fights, but he must have had an off night,” said Oscar De La Hoya during a telephone conference assembled to discuss the aftermath of the event:” We saw at least fifteen elbows from Mayweather. I know that Cortez is much better than that. He had no control of the fight.”
After Joe Cortez scolded Victor for intentional head butt and deducted a point, he clearly said “time in”, at which time Ortiz came up to Floyd to touch gloves again while some body was calling Joe Cortez. Cortez looked away. Ortiz, who didn’t hear time in, looked at the ref and Floyd saw the opportunity and took it. Fight over.
“Obviously, the fight ended in a controversial manner,” continued Victor’s promoter and mentor, Oscar De La Hoya: “Take a look at the fight carefully. Look at all of the elbows thrown. Victor was coming on. Mayweather wasn’t going to knock him out. A fighter as young as Victor takes time to come on strong. He was coming on strong. If Mayweather has any honor, he’ll say he wants the rematch.”
Mayweather’s response to the whole situation along with many other pundits is:” Protect yourself at all times.”
“I can concur with that,” said Ortiz during the same telephone conference:” If only the referee had been paying attention. I agree 100%, but it’s like my manager said, the referee doesn’t say fight yet, and one of the guys fights. Personally, to me, that was a cheap shot… At the end of the day, Floyd will never be respected in my eyes as a pound for pound greatest fighter. He was fearing the fact that I was coming on. His punches were not hurting me, and I was hurting him. A fighter who smiles (like Floyd) is usually hurt.”
Victor Ortiz, who lost his WBC welterweight title last Saturday night and briefly his senses when knocked out by Floyd Mayweather, made pasionate his claim for a rematch.
“That was an unfair way to take a title from a champion,” said Ortiz:” I was very disrespected by Floyd. Yeah, I head-butted, but I was deducted, and apologized. They got me to the point where I was super apologetic, and I kissed Mayweather, and said sorry. I don’t think that was sportsmanship at all. I think personally, a rematch, between what you call the best fighter in the world, against me, the janitor, is called for.”
Speaking to Larry Merchant immediately following the fight, still in the ring, Floyd Mayweather said:” If he wants a rematch we can do this again.” Would Mayweather honor his promise?
“Floyd made certain comments. He didn’t want to express it to Larry Merchant. We want him to give us a rematch,” stated Victor’s manager Rolando Arrellano:” If not, his career is going to forever be tarnished by his sucker punch. I know about Mayweather, he’s going to say, ‘oh, I want Pacquiao.’ I doubt a Pacquiao fight is gong happen, so here we are Floyd.”
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