Floyd Mayweather Jr. took the World Boxing Council welterweight title from Victor Ortiz Saturday with a controversial knock-out that left the boxing world reeling.
After Ortiz headbutted Mayweather during the fourth round, Ortiz approached Mayweather, gloves lowered, to apologize. With Ortiz's guard lowered, Mayweather quickly struck, landing two quick blows, knocking Ortiz down and quickly ending the fight.
"You gotta protect yourself at all times. I got hit with a head-butt, I got hit with elbows. I didn't cry and complain," Mayweather said afterward. "I done what I had to do as a fighter. I didn't say my mouth was split open and cut inside. So, keep it clean. We touched gloves. Once we touched gloves, it's fight time."
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It wasn't over even after the fight ended: Mayweather unloaded on HBO commentator Larry Merchant who questioned him on the fairness of his win.
Yahoo! Sports reported:
After Mayweather ended the fight in the closing seconds of round four with a two-punch combination, Merchant, the HBO Pay-Per-View commentator, challenged him over the fairness of his winning blows. Mayweather unloaded with both fists a split-second after the fighters had hugged following a headbutt for which his opponent was deducted a point, and Ortiz was unprotected and unaware when the strikes landed.
Merchant suggested that his tactics may have been either illegal or outside the spirit of the fight game, and then Mayweather vented his ire, referring to the 80-year-old broadcaster by an expletive and barking that he should be fired from his television position.
“You never give me a fair shake, all right, so I am going to do you a favor and let you talk to Victor Ortiz,” Mayweather said. “You never give me a fair shake. You are [expletive] and HBO should fire you. You don’t know [expletive] about boxing. You ain’t [expletive].”
Merchant, however, a veteran of more than 50 years in boxing, got the last laugh with a witty retort to Mayweather, whose victory earned him Ortiz’s World Boxing Council welterweight belt.
“I wish I was 50 years younger,” said Merchant. “I would have kicked your [expletive].”
Content warning -- contains strong language.
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