Victory For Floyd, Not For Boxing

The undefeated Floyd Mayweather‘s bite at Victor Ortiz was not like Mike Tyson’s mauling of Evander Holyfield’s ear, rather it was more like the Shakespearean bite in the famous prologue to Romeo and Juliet, “Nay, as they dare. I will bite my thumb at them; which is a disgrace to them, if they bear it.”

Mayweather, arguably the best pound-for-pound fighter currently in the sport of boxing, hit a defenseless Ortiz with a concussive straight right-hand and spoke the proverbial French to an infamous (and often prophetic) Larry Merchant. Mayweather’s response to Ortiz’s dirty tactics should have been like that of a champion. What would Rocky Balboa do? Perhaps Rocky would have touched gloves with the contritely hearted Ortiz, looked Ortiz in the eye, then tattooed his face with right-hand after right-hand. Instead, we got to see the self-proclaimed “greatest fighter of all-time” hit the un-expecting Ortiz with a Mike Tyson like, bone crushing, straight right-hand leaving the young vicious Victor Ortiz out for the count.

Questions regarding Mayweather’s knock out punch: Legal? Yes. controversial? Perhaps. Champion like? Absolutely not. In a post fight interview, Mayweather’s response to a Larry Merchant question about the K.O. was that Ortiz should have “protected himself at all times”. Mayweather’s K.O., in my book, is one of the biggest disgraces seen in the boxing ring since Tyson ripped off Holyfield’s ear with his teeth. Until I see Mayweather’s undefeated O go, he will remain the greatest pound-for-pound boxer I love to hate.

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