In the most controversial conclusion to a bout since the Evander Holyfield versus Mike Tyson rematch in June 1997, “Pretty Boy” Floyd Mayweather captured the WBC welterweight championship from “Vicious” Victor Ortiz with a brutal fourth round knockout last night at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Mayweather (42-0, 26 KOs), who hadn’t fought in 16 months since he defeated “Sugar” Shane Mosley by unanimous decision in May 2010, largely controlled Ortiz (29-3-2, 22 KOs) and established the flow and tempo of the fight.
However, Ortiz, a Mexican-American from Kansas who ESPN named in 2008 its “Prospect of the Year,” managed numerous flurries and unofficially won round two.
In the fourth and decisive round, Ortiz was pounding Mayweather in the corner when he inexplicably landed a purposely vicious head butt.
Referee Joe Cortez, a Facebook friend who is an honorable man and solid ring official, immediately halted the action and rightfully deducted a point from Ortiz.
Unfortunately, Cortez next made a costly blunder that ended the fight and robbed fans of more action.
Cortez moved the two prizefighters to the center of the ring where Ortiz continued to profusely apologize to “Pretty Boy” for his intentionally devious act.
As “Vicious Victor” waited for Cortez to formally restart the bout, Mayweather landed an electrifying left-right combination on Ortiz while the ref was out of position and looking toward the ringside judges.
“Time was in,” said Cortez, a seasoned referee who was inducted to the International Boxing Hall of Fame in June. “The fighter needed to keep his guard up. Mayweather did nothing illegal.”
Cortez is absolutely correct in his contention that “Mayweather did nothing illegal.”
Essentially, Mayweather launched an authorized and fair cheap-shot that placed Ortiz firmly onto Queer Street.
“Once we touch gloves, it’s open season,” Mayweather told SI.com. “What goes around comes around.”
Ortiz, who entered the match listed as a 9-to-2 underdog, disagreed with the polarizing punk who earned a bronze medal competing as a featherweight at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta.
“It wasn’t a fair fight,” said Ortiz, 24, who was considered by Ring Magazine the second preeminent welterweight in the world behind only Manny Pacquiao. “I’m not mad anymore. I let it all out in the locker room after the fight. I’ve swallowed my pride and ready to move on.”
“Vicious Victor,” whose parents abandoned him and his five siblings when he was a child, requested a rematch.
Mayweather, a nine-time titlist in five separate weight classes who was named Ring Magazine “Fighter of the Year” in 1998 and 2007, said he would grant a rematch provided he doesn’t retire from the squared circle.
“I’m not saying I’m retiring,” said Mayweather, 34, who has participated in only five prizefights since 2006. “But if I take another long layoff, I don’t know.”
“Pretty Boy” is an utter defensive wizard and one of the most talented and accomplished pugilists to ever lace-up the gloves.
Still, Mayweather is often correctly viewed by many as a degenerate scumbag.
“Mayweather is a total as%&o!#,” said Luke Matton, 26, a resident of Somerville who spent $59.99 to watch less than 12 minutes of combat. “I can’t stand the guy.”
On the contrary, Alexander Yuzhakov staunchly defended the unlikable “Pretty Boy.”
“To pin the debacle at the end of the fight squarely on Mayweather is unfair,” said Yuzhakov, 28, who resides in Cambridge and also purchased the bout. “His back was against the wall after a brutal head butt and he reacted how I would have. Mayweather survived.”
Despite his hideous personal traits and consistently boorish behavior, Mayweather is good for the sport of boxing.
“Pretty Boy” is an extraordinarily gifted boxer who happens to be comically villainous.
Mayweather’s divisive nature is perfect for a sport in dire need of publicity.
Adore him or loathe him, Floyd Mayweather is simply one of the best things to ever happen to boxing.
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