Watch Floyd Mayweather knock out the defenseless Victor Ortiz plus Larry Merchant's "If I was 50 years younger I'd kick your ass" side comment in the video below:
As far as boxing rules are concerned, what Mayweather did there was anything but illegal. It's common knowledge that once the boxing bell rings you better get ready to fight even if the referee isn't looking. Unforunately as I play back the video I can't hear any bell ringing, even with premium Pioneer in-ear headphones on.
Second, even if what Mayweather did was legal, it was just plain taking advantage. We won't deny Floyd of his victory, but come on man, Ortiz was still on his "let's kiss and make up" mode. As you've seen in the video, Victor Ortiz looked at the referee at Mayweather's first cheap shot, as if saying "Hey dude, you gotta deduct a point from this guy. No bell yet and he's punching. That's a cheap shot."
Larry Merchant's "If I was 50 years younger I'll kick your ass" comment
Larry Merchant is an 80-year old boxing analyst. It's more than fair to say that he's been doing it all his life. And tonight was the night he got enough of Floyd, manned up and told him he'd kick his ass. After cheapening what would've been a rather good match, what's not to kick?
Larry was sharing the sentiments of lots of people on why Floyd Mayweather did a cheap one two on Victor Ortiz. Really. If you've been watching contemporary boxing you would've seen Manny Pacquiao go to his corner after every official intervention and wait for the referee to restart the match. Here, Floyd just stood in the middle of the ring, as if waiting for the bell to ring and chance upon a regretful Ortiz.
Needless to say, a win is a win, much more a legitimate win. Floyd Mayweather fought fair and square, his mind was in winning. Victor Ortiz, albeit a strong and tough warrior, is still young and inexperienced in contrast with his more favored opponent. He had a lapse of judgment in the fourth round, causing his unfortunate loss.
Now Floyd, give us Mayweather VS Pacquiao.
'Till my next installment.