Forget that last night in Las Vegas, Nevada, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena and televised on HBO Pay-per-View for a whopping $59.95, Floyd ‘Maynever’, Jr. (42-0, 26 KO’s) easily won a predictable fourth round KO victory over the weirdly smiling throughout Victor Ortiz (29-3-2, 22 KO’s).
What should remain emblazened in your minds is the way ‘Maynever’, Jr. continues to insult your intelligence by refusing, and now get’s easily agitated when asked, to set a date for his showdown with the only man alive at 147 pounds or less who can possibly give him the first loss of his professional career, Manny Pacquiao (53-3-2, 38 KO’s).
There would be no fight involving ‘Maynever’, Jr. unless there was drama, and he somehow managed to get that job accomplished via a cooperating Victor Ortiz last night.
Victor Ortiz apparently felt that exhibiting that now uncomfortable smile (if seeing that around any elementary school yard would have you quickly summoning your local police), might gain him the love of boxing fans when in fact it has done just the opposite.
The weird smile on the face of Ortiz could not disguise the hidden agenda of his premeditated ‘billy-goat style’ head butts that in the fourth round finally had him land one cutting the lip of ‘Maynever’, Jr. forcing a retaliation that some felt dirty, but most know Ortiz definitely had coming and legitimate.
The fight ended as a ‘wanting to get some more love’ (he’d already apologized once, how many more times did he think that necessary?) Ortiz simply got what he deserved from a waiting for the right opportunity to exact revenge Floyd ‘Maynever’, Jr.
The talented ‘Maynever’, Jr. has cemented himself as a legitimate ‘villain of boxing’ as his post-fight antics with 80 years-old HBO analyst Larry Merchant was uncalled for and disgraceful, although somewhat understandable until he made derogatory statements that were shameful.
Merchant has long chided ‘Maynever’, Jr. for his reluctance to fight Pacquiao, and just like Victor Ortiz last night had ‘Maynever’, Jr. so enraged that he showed himself to be disrespectful in a way that is totally the opposite of what being called a ‘professional’ entails.
Slowly taking on the demeanor of a smaller version of Mike Tyson, who exhibited a similar disrespect for those who questioned some of his outrageous activities, ‘Maynever’, Jr. flaunts his arrogance in the face of fight fans who seem to want more as they watch that train wreck develop right before their eyes.
As with Tyson, on the ‘Maynever’, Jr. train there is obviously no conductor, and it doesn’t take any rocket scientist to determine that at some point in his life, he’s heading for disaster.
The suggestion by ‘Maynever’, Jr. that “If Ortiz wants a rematch, he can get one” is absurd and quite comical if not for the fact that some, who now need that lobotomy worse than ever, will pay to see the same result.
Victor Ortiz was selected by ‘Floyd ‘Maynever’, Jr. for a reason, and it was obvious after one minute into the fight last night exactly why he was chosen.
Ortiz is slow, easily hit, and was clearly out of his league with ‘Maynever’, Jr. having ‘figured him out’ early in the first round and it being a matter of ‘when not if’ the fight would be stopped.
‘Maynever’, Jr. would love to have Golden Boy Promotions head-man Oscar de la Hoya (who seems to now want no part of the spotlight, but for how long?) negotiate Ortiz vs ‘Maynever’ II, but what interest could be generated on a Pay-per-View level, that being the only level on which Floyd performs?
The obvious answer is the only fight anyone cares to see Floyd ‘Maynever’, Jr. involved in is against the ‘Energizer Bunny’ Manny Pacquiao, and while ‘Maynever’, Jr. continues to come up with what some consider legitimate excuses, whenever he needs cash to support his lavish lifstyle and piling legal debts all he needs do is schedule a fight.
The only one that can bring that scenario to a grinding halt is you, the purchaser of these events now teetering on the ridiculous, that even Stevie Wonder can easily see the outcome.
Floyd ‘Maynever’, Jr. last night was wrong for ending the fight like he did. Not legally wrong, just wrong in a way that you’d want your hero to avoid. But he was right in retaliating for what were obvious premeditated head butts from an opponent that was frustrated early in the fight and had no other plan of attack.
Floyd had the opportunity to leave the ring last night being totally in the right, but as his own history repeatedly shows itself, he had to make sure he looked the part of a jackass and insult a man old enough to be his grandfather.
And for that I agree with Larry Merchant, and ‘Maynever’, Jr. should apologize to Merchant, HBO, and all boxing fans for that disgraceful encounter.
In typical ‘Maynever’ Jr. fashion, there WERE other fights last night, but who really cares?
JM Claveria (Aurora): “I’m sick of this crap. Mayweather and the boxing world have seen the last of both me and my hard earned dollars”.
Stephen Johnson writes for INSIDE BOXING.com, BORICUA BOXING.com, and UNTIL THE NEXT ROUND.com