With a Floyd Mayweather return hanging in the balance depending on negotiations of a possible fight with UFC fighter Conor McGregor in the boxing ring, Mayweather’s classic hits are still entertaining.
Mayweather may be remembered as a boxing artist who outsmarts his opponents, but one thing that gets overlooked was he did have some knockouts. One of his most controversial knockouts came in Las Vegas on September 17, 2011, in a bout with fighter Victor Ortiz.
For the fighter who has reportedly been paid per round it makes you wonder if Mayweather only chooses to win by decision so he can make the most money possible on his fights. And for the boxer who loves to make it rain, his fans know he loves money once saying “money isn’t everything, money is the only thing.” However, when Mayweather is set off, he showed Ortiz that he can deliver a blow.
After Ortiz unleashed a dirty headbut on Mayweather the referee brought them together to touch gloves. They touched gloves, hugged and Mayweather hit Ortiz with two shots to the face.
After the legal blow Ortiz was out for the count. Two lessons could be taken away for Ortiz: karma because his headbut provoked Mayweather and to “protect yourself at all times.”
HBO’s Larry Merchant interviewed Mayweather afterwards labeling Mayweather’s hit as dirty.
“Congratulations Floyd. You hear the crowd. At least the good part of it is in an uproar because they felt that you took shots at him [Ortiz] unfairly,” Merchants said. “You went together in the ring. You made up for the headbut and then you poked him.”
Mayweather responded as authentic as he usually does after thanking God and his Money Team after the bout.
“I got hit with a dirty shot and its ‘protect yourself at all times.’ I hit him with a left hook, with a right hand and that ended the bout.” Mayweather responded.
Merchant continued to push the issue and the two watched the replay.
“‘Its protect yourself at all times.’ He does something dirty. We not here to cry and complain about what he did dirty, what I did dirty. I was victorious, if he want a rematch, he can get a rematch,” Mayweather stated.
Continuing to push the issue further more, Mayweather and his company let Merchant hear it.
“You never give me a fair shake, you know that; so Imma let you go ahead and talk to a Victor Ortiz. I’m through. Put somebody else up here and give me an interview. You never give me a fair shake, HBO need to fire yo ass. You don’t know shit about boxing,” Mayweather told Merchant. “You ain’t shit. You not shit.”
As the Money Team began pulling Mayweather back, Merchant tried to trash talk back.
“I wish I was 50 years younger and I’d kick your ass,” Merchant said.
After the blows Mayweather unleashed on Ortiz, a boxer who only lost one bout prior to “Money May,” most know how Mayweather vs young Merchant would have went down.
“You won’t do shit,” Mayweather told Merchant.
Mayweather went on to do one more fight for HBO before signing a six fight contract with Showtime. Now retired, there’s a possibility he may comeback for one more fight to give fans another memorable moment and perhaps add another win to his perfect 49-0 professional boxing record.
By Gino Terrell