The world-champion boxer beat Victor Ortiz Saturday night with a controversial knock-out
Something strange and ugly happened in Las Vegas on Saturday night.
It was a mega fight between boxing great Floyd Mayweather Jr. and 24-year-old rising star Victor Ortiz, whose life story could have been written by Dickens. It was one of the most highly anticipated fights of the year.
Ortiz, who held the WBC welterweight title coming into the bout, was a 5-1 underdog and it was immediately evident why. He started eating punches from the very first gong. His strategy, or so he said after the fight, had been a badly thought out game plan to survive for four rounds and then come on strong in the later rounds. He figured Mayweather, 34, would get tired. Several boxing people had told me that Mayweather might be getting old for the sport, but there was absolutely no evidence that he was slowing down. Mayweather hits people a lot (46 percent of his punches) and rarely gets hit (only 16 percent of his opponents' punches land on him), according to Compubox. Mayweather more than doubles his nearest competitor in these plus/minus ratings, a good indicator for boxing success and longevity. Mayweather, who is often labeled as a defensive fighter, was so superior to Ortiz that he came forward and delivered wicked combinations, jabs, and just about every other punch he wanted to deliver.
Sitting ringside, it was clear that Ortiz wouldn't make it to the later rounds. Mayweather is a brilliant and complex fighter. Ortiz is a good and courageous one, but he didn't know what to do to counter his elder. Mayweather's orange and black gloves were smacking Ortiz's handsome face with increasing force as the rounds wore on.