LAS VEGAS (Nev.) — Floyd Mayweather Jr. took the WBC welterweight title from Victor Ortiz with a controversial fourth-round knockout on Saturday, Sept. 17. Watched by a crowd estimated at 15,000 in the MGM Grand Garden Arena, Mayweather’s win prompted boos from the crowd. They called his 1-2 punch combination that knocked Ortiz down, a “cheap shot”.
Ortiz recalled that referee Joe Cortez broke them up after he unintentionally gave Mayweather a head-butt. He apologised to him in the centre of the ring by touching gloves. Mayweather suddenly responded with a left hook and crunching right that dropped Ortiz to the canvas at 2:59.
Ortiz said he obeyed exactly as he was told. “And then, boom, he blindsided me. It happens.”
Manny Pacquiao called Mayweather’s win “unsportsmanlike.”
But Mayweather, who improved his professional career record to a perfect 42-0 with 26 knockouts, was unrepentant.
“I got hit with a dirty shot, I was protecting myself at all times,” the 34-year-old said ringside. “I hit him with a left and then a right hand, and that ended the bout.”
Mayweather dominated the official ringside statistics, connecting with 73 of 208 punches thrown to 26 of 148 for Ortiz. Mayweather also landed 61 power punches compared to Ortiz’s 26.
Mayweather’s win now paves the way for his next fight possibly in May 2012 against Pacquiao. But Pacquiao is not getting excited that Mayweather has cleared a hurdle.
Meanwhile, Associated Press reports that four people were arrested after detectives stopped a burglary in progress at the residence of Pacquiao in Los Angeles during a midday-break in last Friday, Sept. 16. Franklin Gacal, Pacquiao’s attorney and chief of staff, said nothing was taken and that Pacquiao was informed of it and was proceeding to his training base in Baguio.
He will face Juan Manuel Marquez, 38, for the third time on November 12 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Pacquiao, 32, has won 14 straight fights. A win by Marquez would pave the way for a fourth fight between him and Pacquiao in accordance with the contract that they both signed.But if Pacquiao wins, there’ll be no fourth fight.
In the event Marquez loses in November, there is a strong possibility that he is headed for retirement.
“I don’t know what will happen after Nov. 12. Nobody knows. Maybe I retire,” said Marquez.