Mayweather Responds to Butt with “Controversial” KO

By Ted Sares: As anticipated by most savvy boxing people, Floyd Mayweather Jr. (42-0) showed up with all cylinders finely tuned and with no signs of ring rust. He assessed his opponent as a surgeon might do his patient. This done, he then quickly zipped open his remarkable toolkit and took out his instruments consisting of, among other things, a great defense and especially his signature straight leads that consistently found a home on Victor’s face. Though it was clear Victor’s moniker of Vicious was well-deserved, Floyd nevertheless dictated matters and controlled and contained Ortiz within the tight cocoon of his fight plan.

This time, however, Mayweather added some very hot spice to the mix by responding after a deliberate billy-goat-type butt (not Victor’s first) by knocking Vicious Victor all the way back to Kansas with a left hook and straight right as Referee Joe Cortez looked on and as Victor continued his lengthy apologies (including an earlier kiss on Mayweather’s check).

Ortiz forgot the fundamental and first dictum of boxing, one that most referees pronounce during the instructions, to wit: “protect yourself at all times.” Taking advantage of Ortiz’s failure to keep this in mind, Floyd ended matters on his terms by waxing Ortiz (now 29-3-2) in the last second of Round 4.

While there will be controversy aplenty, I found nothing wrong with the way the fight came to a close. More importantly, Floyd Mayweather Jr served notice that he still has a lot of A+ level fight left in him and that he should be around a bit longer to add even more cement to his already firm legacy.

Floyd did his bit. Not it’s up to Manny Pacquiao to do his – and against an opponent Floyd toyed with.

Article posted on 18.09.2011

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