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The much-anticipated fight between Floyd Mayweather and Victor Ortiz took place in Las Vegas tonight. While it was exciting and full of momentum it was the end that had the crowd on their feet.
During early rounds the match appeared fairly equal. But Ortiz had a burst of momentum and apparently headbutt Mayweather. As they went to make amends and hug Ortiz relaxed his hands and was sucker-punched to the floor. The audience showed their disdain and yelled in disgust. It was eventually called a Mayweather win by knockout but that was not the end of the fight.
As the popular and well-respected commentator, Larry Merchant, interviewed Maywearther, he was verbally attacked. Mayweather began a loud assault of words yelling obscenities at Merchant. He was angry and felt the commentator was “not on his side”, so he screamed “you never give me a fair shake!” The good news is that Merchant held his ground and yelled back “If I were 50 years younger I’d beat your @#&!” It was pretty funny to watch an older man standing up to someone clearly in better shape and much younger, but disgusting to see him be disrespected in such poor taste. Mayweather even went as far to say “HBO should fire you!”
It really was unnecessary and did not show good sportsmanship by our new World Champion of boxing. What a disappointment. This is not the behavior we want our youth to follow. Let’s hope he apologizes.
What a sad day for the sport of boxing…this will go down as one of the most embarrassing moments in sports history. What do you think? Should Mayweather apologize?