Plenty of controversy followed the conclusion of last night’s fight between Floyd Mayweather, Jr. and Victor Ortiz, a fight which ended after Mayweather knocked out Ortiz with a vicious combination during the fourth round.
Controversy raised its ugly head after many questioned whether or not Mayweather’s punches were “sucker punches”, as it seemed Ortiz was defenseless and caught off guard.
Immediately after Ortiz landed on the canvas following the knockout, “Money May” was once again the villain and the recipient of numerous comments challenging his manhood and sportsmanship.
As a professional fighter myself and a lifelong fan of the sweet science, the end of the fight left me with mixed emotions. Honestly, there was some ring mastery in the antics by Mayweather. Yes, it may have appeared sneaky, sucker-ish, and slightly sinister, but it couldn’t have come at a better time.
“Vicious” Victor Ortiz had just unleashed a wicked body-head combination, which he followed up with a Mohawk-prickly head-butt neatly placed on Mayweather’s bottom lip. With Victor suddenly acting out his “Vicious” moniker and the crowd becoming increasingly pro-Ortiz, the veteran Mayweather had to seize the opportunity to show that he was still in charge.
Plus, the “Pretty Boy” doesn’t let anyone get away with busting his bottom lip.
Two rules came into play at this point…
The first rule was that once Ortiz started throwing head-butts, which are illegal and very dangerous, all rules were off the table. The young Ortiz may not quite understand the game, but once he intentionally head-butted Mayweather, he figuratively signed a “cheap shot waiver” for the rest of the fight. It’s kind of like the saying: you can’t come to court with dirty hands.
The second rule is that you must protect yourself at all times while in the ring. Once the bell rings, you’re in the line of hostile fire and should always conduct ring business as such. Honestly, once Ortiz got walloped in the head with the first left hook, he should have realized the fight was back on.
Which brings me to the conclusion that this whole thing was staged.
Yes, everyone paid their hard earned money to see for 50 Cent’s latest movie production…and it was a good one. The leading actors were Mayweather and Ortiz, with a supporting cast of 50 Cent, Joe Cortez, Larry Merchant, and a few extras.
Remember when 50 Cent got sickly-thin, and said it was because he was going to appear in a major movie role? Well, last night was that movie. How else could he fit all of those championship belts around his body during his walk to the ring with Mayweather?
This masterpiece put Don Kings’ previous productions to shame.
The head-butt from Ortiz and the weak left hook that followed was staged. The lackadaisical attitude and zombie-like reaction of Joe Cortez was scripted. Mayweather’s combination which landed on Ortiz’s face was planned. Mayweather’s post-fight congratulatory speech and make-up with Ortiz was touching, but fake. The stare-down and blow-up between Mayweather and Larry “50 years younger” Merchant was humorous, but also scripted. Jim Lampley’s declaration that this fight will be talked about for months was shameless promotional hype, but also part of the act.
Fittingly, this wonderful movie production ended with Mayweather graciously agreeing to give Ortiz a rematch, which translates into another big payday for Mayweather, Ortiz, HBO, and 50 Cent…all at the expense of boxing fans who will be asked to fork over another $60.00 at the box office known as PPV Boxing.
Mayweather raised his record to 42-0 with the victory over Victor Ortiz, and now holds the WBC Welterweight Championship belt.