Floyd Mayweather hits Victor Ortiz, right, during their WBC Welterweight bout in Las Vegas Saturday, Sept. 17, 2011. (AP Photo/Las Vegas Review-Journal, John Locher)
Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather will be the hot topic of conversation again this week after many continue debating his fourth round KO victory over Victor Ortiz to capture the WBC welterweight championship Sept. 17 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas and before a worldwide pay per view audience.
That four-letter network ESPN led its post fight Sports Center with one of its host comparing Mayweather’s one-two punch heard around the globe with the infamous Mike Tyson ear-biting debacle on June 28, 1997.
Other chronicled the events surrounding Mayweather’s return to the ring after a 16-month hiatus as a sucker punch, after a frustrated Ortiz rammed his tomahawk head into the chin of Mayweather in what began the inevitable turning point of a fight rapidly being dominated by Mayweather.
National publications such as USA Today, the social media, YouTube, boxing blogs and a wide variant of other information outlets are chiming in and castigating Mayweather for doing what he is being handsomely paid to do-FIGHT!
What transpired after months of build-up during the ring return of the face of boxing is exactly what should have happened.
Boxing, also known as the sweet science much like any other sport is governed by rules that apply to all of its contestants. The only contestant in this match that broke a rule was Ortiz when he ruefully led with his head in a volatile attempt to hurt Mayweather.
In that instance, referee Joe ‘I’m Fair but Firm’ Cortez stepped between the two combatants, separated them and took a point away from Ortiz.
Ortiz in an effort to demonstrate he’s an apologist of the infraction wanted to hug Mayweather, and then even more ironically kiss the man whose primary focus was to tear his head off.
Then inexplicitly, pulling a Shane Mosey, Ortiz wanted to prove his compassion and was greeted with a right-hand, left hook combination that mercifully put him to sleep for the evening.
The two most important rules in the sport of boxing that are constantly given to each fighter over and over again are: “Protect yourself at all times and come out fighting.”
If Ortiz was stupid enough to be looking at Cortez when Mayweather is the one who has the pair of eight-ounce gloves on, then he deserved to be knocked out. Some call it a rookie mistake, but nonetheless a lethal one that fortunately for him only cost him his title and not his life.
Boxing is a painful exercise. Everything about it is painful. The grueling six-to-eight week training regime, the skipping rope, the hitting of the speed bag, the running four to six miles each day and then starving yourself so that you can make weight. The sacrifices are enormous.
Which is why Floyd Mayweather after 16 years and an unblemished 42-0 record with 26 KOs is the cash cow of the sport.
Unfortunately, many of the so-called experts want to focus on his shortcomings. They say that he hasn’t fought anyone, or that he’s a boring fighter, or he’s too brash and disrespectful.
Now, they all point to his disputes with the law, anything they can to simply not give him his just due.
He doesn’t smoke, do drugs or drink alcohol and he has yet to dress in drag, so I don’t see what the big debate is here.
No matter how you look at it 42-0 is FORTY-TWO AND OH.
To his credit Mayweather took the high road after the fight just explaining it, as it should be; “I got hit with a couple of head butts [which] cut my mouth. I had to get stitches inside and out. Once we touch gloves it’s fight time. It’s open season. With or without the fourth round he was going to get knocked out.”
Ortiz complained, “It wasn’t a fair fight. I fouled Floyd and I apologized. I just got caught up [explaining the head butt] I guess. It happens I got caught.”
Anyone who wants to argue Mayweather’s legacy is an idiot. Barry Bonds gets accused of taking steroids and they want to strike his home runs from the record book and send him to jail without a conviction.
Mayweather wants to subject himself and his opponents to random blood test in a effort to clean-up a sport that was tarnished long before he got there, but they want to file defamation law suits against him.
I am not saying that you have to like Floyd Mayweather or admire his fistic boxing skills, but what I am saying is that you damn sure have to respect him. He deserves that as much as Victor Ortiz deserved that one-two kisser.