September 19, 2011
What's going on sports fans? Did I miss anything this weekend? College football, NFL, and of course boxing. Nothing compares to the feeling on the night of a mega-fight. Having said that, Saturday night was anything but a mega-fight but it did involve the undefeated Floyd "Money" Mayweather. Love him or hate him dude sells fights. A lot of you hit order on your remotes Saturday night and a lot of you were pretty angry Saturday night.
This is boxing, I mean boxing is unpredictable. When I was a kid I remember spending the night at my uncle's house to watch "Iron" Mike Tyson with my cousins. I remember like it was yesterday, Tyson was fighting Michael Spinks and well we all know how that went. Basically, the intros are over and the fight's about to begin when the pizza arrives and my uncle goes to pay for it and when he comes back the fight is over! Dude was pretty angry the rest of the night.
Floyd's been predicting a knockout for months leading up to the fight but Shantel, Mayweather's fiancee had a really great time at the fight as she collected $2000 for her $100 wager on Mayweather's fourth round knockout. My friends say Floyd definitely told Shantel to wager on the fourth round, but boxing as I've said is unpredictable.
Jim Lampley, Larry Merchant, and Emmanuel Stewart didn't predict the fourth round, they should have Shantel on the panel. Didn't know she was such an expert, and yes I know all about Pacquaio's Los Angeles home getting burglarized earlier. I think Mayweather has a pretty good alibi although I can't speak for his crew errrrr I mean allegedly!
Getting back to the fight and the controversial win Mayweather said, "We touched gloves and we were back to fighting and then I threw the left and right hand after the break. In the ring you have to protect yourself at all times. He did something dirty when it was his corner who said I was dirty."
In the fourth round Ortiz headbutted Mayweather in the corner to which referee Joe Cortez warned both fighters.
Ortiz said, "I took the break by the referee and I obeyed exactly as I was told. And then boom he blindsided me. There's two ways to look at it but as far as I'm concerned I came here to entertain the fans and I think they were entertained."
There was a miscommunication with the referee but nobody's perfect and this was a learning experience." After the headbutt Ortiz attempted to apologize to Mayweather with his arms at his side to which Floyd threw a left hook then a straight right jab sending Ortiz to the canvas.
Referee Joe Cortez said, "Time was in, the fighter needed to keep his guard up. Mayweather did nothing illegal."
Hey look I watched the fight at my girlfriend's house and the knockout happened so quickly that we were both surprised. I honestly didn't know how it happened until the replay. I mean the headbutt happened, the fighters were warned and then next thing I know Ortiz is on the canvas looking for his car keys, well that's what it looked like.
Mayweather was right, protect yourself at all times that's the first thing the referee says to both fighters. I love when Ortiz says, "I obeyed the referee I did exactly as I was told". I don't remember the ref telling you to keep your arms by your side and keep your chin up.
Ortiz also said, "I came here to entertain the fans and I think they were entertained." Yeah dude, if spending thousands of dollars for seats and leaving the event mad as hell means being entertained. Oh and the referee Joe Cortez, you know I'm not letting him get away scott free. What the hell was that Joe, you do know you're a professional boxing referee and not a WWE ref right?
He wasn't even looking at the fighters when the knockout punches happened for all he know Floyd could've hit Ortiz with a steel chair or one of his belts. How would he know? He was talking to the time keeper and then he just started counting. I was expecting Triple H to come down to ringside with a mic...yeah that knockout was a little too WWE for me.