Leftridge: Curtains for Great Kansas Hope Ortiz, Mayweather Still Sidestepping Pacquiao

A headbutt.

A hug and a kiss.

A cheap (legal) shot.

And that was all she wrote.

Floyd Mayweather (42-0), undefeated, undisputed champion of everything not MMA, knocked out local(ish) boy Victor Ortiz (29-3-2) in the fourth round of Saturday night’s battle in Las Vegas. The hook he threw that connected solidly with Ortiz’s chin was about as hard of a punch as Mayweather throws—but it didn’t come without controversy.

After a fairly intentional looking Ortiz head-butt, an awkward apology where Ortiz kissed and hugged Mayweather (?), and a separation, Ortiz left his hands at his side, waiting for the ref’s signal. Unaware that all was a-go, he took a shot to the mouth and went down like a whore on prom night.

And that’s too bad, really.

Ortiz is a real-life Rocky. An underdog kid with a less than stellar upbringing that would make Sally Struthers cringe. He grew up in Garden City, KS, the product of a mother who left the family when he was seven and an abusive, alcoholic father who mercifully checked out not too long after. He spent the rest of his childhood in foster families before discovering his outlet and winning the Golden Gloves.

Mayweather is the brash, unblemished asshole with impeccable defense, amazing stamina and enough arrogance to make Ali blush.

It was pretty clear who should have won this bout, at least in the court of public opinion.

But unfortunately, Ortiz’s inexperience—why was your guard down, kid?—ultimately corrupted his efforts. He was losing, he made a very illegal head butt and he ended up taking a very legal punch.

So where do they go from here?

Well, Ortiz is young. A loss to ‘Money’ Mayweather is nothing to be embarrassed about. He’ll continue to fight and will undoubtedly see more success down the road. Unfortunately, no challenge is likely to be as big as the one he had Saturday under the hot Las Vegas sun. This may have been a once in a lifetime shot at eternal notoriety and he blew it by getting frustrated.

Mayweather, everyone’s favorite love-to-hate boxing personality, will continue to dodge Manny Pacquiao, the only person who really poses any tangible threat. To Mayweather, his untarnished record is his legacy… but he’s failing to realize that until he faces off with his greatest competition, he’ll never join the pantheon of great pugilists.

And that’s a shame.

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6 Responses to Leftridge: Curtains for Great Kansas Hope Ortiz, Mayweather Still Sidestepping Pacquiao

  1. chuck says:

    Even Mike Wilbon
    calls Mayflower a chicken.

    Then, he makes, yep, chicken noises.

    “bluck, bluck bleah!!”

    Sumpin like dat.

  2. Guy Who Says What Others Think says:

    So some putz with a jayhawk on his shorts…..
    does something illegal in the ring, and then gets knocked the f out? Sounds about right.

  3. mark smith says:

    At least Larry Merchant got a few shots in
    Mayweathers a real class act, swelling up on Merchant in the post fight interview. Who gets in an old guys face like that? To his credit, I loved Merchants response. Mayweather will continue to duck Pacman which is a shame, it would probably be one of the best fights in the last 30 years.

  4. Craig Glazer says:

    Nice Work Brandon
    Well done. Good luck on Kcconfidential. You seem to know whats up.

  5. Orphan of the Road says:

    Barbaric sport
    It is almost embarrassing to be such a fan. Not enough to plunk down money any more, so I appreciate the rundown.

  6. Super Dave says:

    Well it was what it was
    The Mayweather punch was legal and Ortiz I hope learned a very valuable leason. Just would have liked to seen the match go the other way.

    Mayweather will never fight Pacquiao I think he knows in his own heart his ass will get beat. His ego would rather be untarnished as you say than to be beat by the Pacman.

    Like how Larry Merchant today said Mayweather is a Prima Donna.

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