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Saturday, September 17, 2011

Results, Replay and Reaction

The mega-event that featured undefeated American Floyd Mayweather Jr and Mexican-American Victor Ortiz was a success except for, in my opinion, the Mayweather vs Ortiz fight. Even though many are not happy with the outcome of the main-event, boxing fans still appreciate the very entertaining fights, end results and who won.

The first televised fight was the Vargas vs Lopez fight. Vargas managed to win against Lopez by SD (split decision) in a very entertaining fight. The official cards were 95-94 Lopez, 96-93 Vargas and 95-94 for Vargas but many thought Lopez won the fight.

After a slow start, Mexican-legend Erik Morales came back to life in the middle rounds. He now won his fourth weight division title as he pound down undefeated 21-year-old Pablo Cesar Cano in a bloody fight. Because Cano can no longer continue to handle Morales' barrage of punches, referee Kenny Bayless decided to stop the fight in the 10th round.

In the third televised PPV fight, Saul Alvarez started out early and knocked Alfonso Gomez down in the first round. The following rounds were a slugfest and fans were very entertained with the performance of the two pugilists. In the sixth round, Alvarez hit Gomez with a solid punch that led to more solid combinations. Because Gomez seems to be out of control and cannot defend himself, referee Wayne Hedgpeth decided to stop the fight.

In the main-event, Mayweather vs Ortiz, both Floyd Mayweather and Victor Ortiz came out strong. Ortiz was the aggressor while Mayweather was the counter-puncher. In the fourth round, Victor hit Floyd with a solid punch and brought him to the ropes. He was so excited and jumped at Mayweather's chin using his head. Referee Joe Cortez penalized 1 point to Victor in round four for the headbutt. Victor decided to ask for apology at Mayweather and kissed him but the latter punched him in the chin while Referee Cortez was not watching. Ortiz was knocked out in the fourth round, after Cortez finished his ten counts.

My reaction: The fight seemed to be a "staged" fight and I believed many out there agree with me. Because Ortiz will bring home a huge pay after the fight, Mayweather may have convinced him to do that thing and end the fight fast. Referee Cortez did not even say "fight" or "go" yet, he was still looking at the judges. If it was a "drama fight", the acting of Mayweather and Ortiz were very bad.

The Mayweather vs Ortiz result, in my own opinion, is bad for boxing. It's too good to be true, but I think it's a pure scandal to the sport. All the other fights were sensational!

Even Larry Merchant was not satisfied with the results. That was a controversial fight because Ortiz was not protecting himself yet and there was no go signal from the third man in the ring.

Video of the 4th round:

Full Fight Replay:

Post fight press-conference: