By Reni M. Valenzuela
Ten major points to debunk ten major lies and false claims surrounding the
just concluded Mayweather-Ortiz boxing farce or “sitcom.” To light up the
torch, here’s the taper:
First is that the boxing rule “guard yourself at all times” should be strictly
invoked under normal circumstances in all fights, but certainly not when the
referee is inept officiating the bout especially if the situation is chaotic and
extraordinarily tense and confusing as the fourth round during and after the
head-butting incident in the Mayweather-Ortiz “Star Power” match up last
Second is Floyd Mayweather, Jr.”s sucker punch was illegal. No provision
in the boxing “constitution” if applied correctly will support its “legality”
to make it appear legitimate and acceptable. There is always an exception
to the rule and the “sucker punch” was no exception to the exception to the
rule. One just needs to open his eyes or simply take the veil off.
Third is there was no consensus among the right-thinking sports aficionados
that the sucker punch was legal. History will bear its controversy to be
unending if it is not resolved in the enlightened judgment. Right-thinking
fans still insist it was illegal and therefore the judges’ decision to declare
Mayweather the winner is null and void.
Fourth is Victor Ortiz doesn’t deserve the sucker punch he got from
Mayweather as some fanatics are suggesting because he was punished
already with a point deduction which was all he deserved for hitting
Mayweather with the head butt. The flagrant head butt is no justification to
Money Floyd’s ring tantrum. What’s the point defending the sucker punch
by pointing out the head butt as a justification?
Fifth is Money Floyd could have felt the power of an Ortiz punch otherwise
he would have not considered doing what he did during the break. Thus he
could have been seriously threatened with the risk of losing which led him
or made him decide to panic. Furthermore, some pundits saying
Mayweather need not do “it” because he could have easily won the fight
by points is mere bias hypothetical jutting brought about by Mayweather
Sixth is Ortiz was very much in the fight up to the bizarre round four and
it is not far-fetched that Vicious Ortiz could be on his way to knocking out
Money Floyd as both of his power-laden left and quick right hands were
successful penetrating the head of the shoulder-rolling defensive boxer.
Seventh is Mayweather didn’t prove to be the better boxer against Orttiz
and wasn’t able to grab the Welterweight belt from the champion who
ripped the cunning in a flurry of solid punches in a couple of rounds.
Mayweather was simply and foolishly declared the “legal winner” and
was handed the leather symbol to wrap around his waist. Hence all is
meaningless about the silly outcome of that fight.
Eighth is referee Joe Cortez was a huge blunder. He failed to give a
signal understandable enough for both fighters to resume the fight during
the head-butting incident in the fourth round. Note that Cortez was talking
to some ring officials (which added to the confusion) when the sucker
punch took place and it’s ridiculous that the “referee” didn’t even see the
initial “knockout blow” coming.
It was either due to unclear or mixed signals from Cortez (unless the whole
show was scripted to “sucker” the fight fans further in another drama
of “rematch” in the future) . Hence it took awhile for Mayweather to
unleash his “illegal” punches to the head of Ortiz. And the reason being is
that Mayweather appeared to be in doubt if the fight was already “called in”
that Mayweather himself, along with Ortiz was also waiting for further
words from the referee.
Ninth is what Mayweather did in any case hitting Ortiz during the “break”
or break violates all codes of ethics, decency, propriety and sportsmanship
there is in every sports book. Hence they were lucidly malicious and
intentional sucker punches of Mayweather that shocked Ortiz. But what
is even more shocking and “sucking” is that certain self-blind-folded eyes
argued they were not.
Call the sucker punch “legal” a million times, but I will call it only once, it
Tenth is much of the boxing world is in darkness nowadays. Notably
the part where Floyd Mayweather, Jr. is involved as he leaves many
people “groping” again. And the recently concluded teeth-gnashing,
comedy-drama is just another ugly attestation to the sad plight of the sport
wherein the innocent fight fans have always been at the “receiving end.”
We thus far have come to three of other important “life-saving” decisions
boxing needs to make as a result of Mayweather-Ortiz:
Decision 1 – Larry Merchant wins while Cortez loses when he badly lost
control of the “fight” or was perfectly in command of the drama, and
therefore should retire.
Decision 2 – It should be a resounding NO to the Mayweather-Ortiz
rematch just in case some wily enigmatic personalities will hatch the
Decision 3 – No Mayweather fight would (and should) make sense to
sensible fight fans except the fight of all fights – the Pacquiao-Mayweather.
You are cornered Money Floyd, no way to run, hide and dodge.