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Floyd Mayweather’s Win Against Victor Ortiz Sparks Controversy

Floyd Mayweather’s Win Against Victor Ortiz Sparks Controversy

In what many are considering a “controversial win,” pro boxer Floyd Mayweather claimed the WBC welterweight title after (literally) knocking Victor Ortiz OUT at the end of the fourth round of the big Mayweather vs. Ortiz fight in Las Vegas Saturday night (Sep 17).

After a quiet opening, the fight burst into life in the fourth round with Ortiz getting Mayweather on the ropes without quite being able to find a decisive blow. Just before the bell Ortiz had Mayweather on the ropes for a third time, only to be penalized for a head-butt.

The 24-year-old then seemed to be apologizing and was not protecting himself as Mayweather landed two punches – the second a big right hand – to end the fightImmediately after the fight, Mayweather got into another fight — a non-physical one, of course — with HBO reporter Larry Merchant after Merchant tried to press the championship boxer about his controversial victory.“You never give me a fair shake. HBO needs to fire you, you don’t know sh*t about boxing! You ain’t sh*t!” Mayweather shouted at the 80-year-old HBO sports commentator, who responded back by saying “I wish I was 50 years younger and I’d kick your ass!” with a smart chuckle.
Speaking at a press conference following the fight, Mayweather continued to explain his side of the story.

“I was always told to protect yourself at all times,” he said. “My mouth was split open. I said keep it clean. Once you touch gloves, it is go time. We came together to fight. It is fight time.”

He continued, “You want to do me dirty and then two minutes later you want to be my friend? This is the hurting business. Without the fourth round, he was going to get knocked out anyway. I was fighting stronger. I was keeping my composure and sticking to the game plan.”

“Floyd Mayweather isn’t ducking and dodging anybody. If he wants it, he can have a rematch,” Mayweather confidently stated, offering a rematch.For his part, Ortiz said of headbutting his opponent Floyd Mayweather: “I fouled Floyd, I apologised in the ring and apologised after the fight as well. I would really like the rematch. I thought the ref (Joe Cortez) called a break and I am pretty sure he did and then I was like ‘whoa, whoa,’ and then I woke up after.”After this weekend’s win in Las Vegas, Floyd Mayweather currently holds an unbeaten record of 42 fights.

Now that that’s out of the way … what about that Manny Pacquiao fight Mayweather??? (LOL!)

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Larry Merchant to Floyd Mayweather: ‘I would kick your ass’

Larry Merchant to Floyd Mayweather: ‘I would kick your ass’

Floyd Mayweather was pulling no punches Saturday night.After a controversial finish in which he knocked out Victor Ortiz while Ortiz appeared to be apologizing for a head butt, Mayweather told HBO’s Larry Merchant in a post-fight interview that he knew (expletive) about boxing and should be fired.

After becoming irritated with Merchant’s questions about the fight’s conclusion, Mayweather interrupted, “You don’t never give me a fair shake. So I’m gonna let you talk to Victor Ortiz, alright? I’m through. Put somebody else up here to give me an interview. HBO need to fire you because you don’t know (expletive) about boxing. You ain’t (expletive).”

After Mayweather’s comments, the 80-year-old commentator said, “I wish I was 50 years younger and I would kick your ass.”

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The interview quickly ended.

Merchant admitted later in the telecast that he probably couldn’t have beaten Mayweather 50 years ago, but he would’ve tried.

The exchange reminded many fans of Mayweather’s appearance in an HBO documentary leading up to the fight, in which he kicks his father out of his gym following a shouting match. Floyd Mayweather Sr. was a contending welterweight fighter in the 1970′s and 80′s.

Ortiz called Saturday’s finish a learning experience, adding that the referee didn’t communicate that the fight was back on following the head butt.

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A Welterweight With Heavyweight Financial Clout

A Welterweight With Heavyweight Financial Clout

LAS VEGAS — On Saturday night, Floyd Mayweather Jr. will make tens of millions of dollars for an hour’s worth of work, if that. He will be paid for what happens inside the ring and outside it, paid far more than any other boxer fighting today, for far more than just his performance in a welterweight title fight against Victor Ortiz.
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In his previous four fights, Floyd Mayweather Jr. earned $115 million.
On fight nights, if it were not for the din of the crowd and the sounds of fists striking chins, Mayweather could hear the ringing of cash registers. He earns a percentage of every ticket purchased, every pretzel consumed, every poster sold. He will earn from the foreign countries that paid for broadcasting rights and the movie theaters where the fight is shown.

All told, he is expected to make about $40 million, and the checks will come for years, determined by the results of many things beyond the fight itself, like gate and pay-per-view TV numbers. This makes Mayweather, regarded as one of the best boxers in history, a regular among athletes on Forbes magazine’s list of most powerful celebrities, even though the bulk of his annual income is usually generated in one night.

All the usual Mayweather descriptions — divisive, arrogant, sensitive, outspoken, controversial — tend to overshadow his business savvy, or the business savvy of those around him. In fact, he fights under a highly unusual financial structure, exchanging upfront risk for back-end profit and retaining total control. Mayweather is even responsible for paying his opponent, in this case a business expense of at least $2 million.

Roger Federer does not make money off the sales of strawberries and cream at Wimbledon, nor does Derek Jeter’s contract include the Yankees’ TV contract in Asia. Mayweather has devised an altogether different model for marquee athletes.

In his previous four fights, he earned $115 million. How novel is his approach? Just ask him.

“It’s never been done,” said Mayweather, who is 41-0. “Not in entertainment history. Not in sports history. You see that arena Saturday? It’s all Mayweather money. Want a hot dog? Mayweather money. Want a T-shirt? Mayweather money. I need all that.”

Mayweather, 34, said this after a workout this week at the family boxing gym here. Sweat dripped down his face as he sat on the ring apron in business attire (shorts, hand tape), growing more animated over his favorite subject, money. Money earned. Money wagered. Money spent. Money flashed. Money lost.

On that topic, Mayweather said he collected $100,000 the previous night betting on N.F.L. games. He mentioned his 29 cars and charitable donations in the same sentence. He even compared his spending habits to a stimulus package: “If I’m making it rain, I’m throwing it to American citizens. In a recession!”

For most of the first 10 years of his career, Mayweather fought for the promotional company Top Rank Boxing, under a more typical model, with most of his money guaranteed upfront. Their split, in 2006, was far from amenable, marked by lawsuits.

Once freed, Mayweather met with Leonard Ellerbe and Al Haymon, his most trusted advisers, to develop a new plan. They wanted to control every aspect of the promotion, including the promoters, whom Mayweather hires on a contract basis for each fight. He also changed his nickname, from Pretty Boy Floyd to Money Mayweather, part of a philosophical shift.

For his last four fights, Mayweather has hired Golden Boy Promotions, a company started by Oscar De La Hoya but run by Richard Schaefer, a former Swiss banker with no previous boxing background.

To explain the business model, Schaeffer starts with a pie. A little more than half the pie goes to the distributors (Time Warner, DirecTV, etc.). The balance goes to the network, HBO or Showtime, which takes its distribution fees and hands the rest to the promoters.

In this case, Golden Boy has one contract with HBO and another with Mayweather Promotions. But the money, less what distributors and networks take, is under Mayweather’s control; normally the promoter would control it.

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Mayweather vs Ortiz: Aging star faces brash champ

Mayweather vs Ortiz: Aging star faces brash champ

LAS VEGAS – His family disputes make interesting reality television. His legal issues could land him in jail. Worse yet for Floyd Mayweather Jr. is that he’s getting older by the fight and Manny Pacquiao keeps stealing his spotlight.
One place he doesn’t expect to have any problems, however, is in the ring Saturday night against Victor Ortiz.

“I believe in my skills. I believe in my talent,” Mayweather said. “This fight will not go the distance.”

Mayweather returns to the ring for the first time in 16 months in an intriguing matchup against a young slugger who vows to give him his first loss. He’ll make millions to fight Ortiz on pay-per-view television, largely because he’s found a way to sell himself as must-see TV on the HBO channel.

Oddsmakers don’t figure he’ll have trouble against Ortiz, and neither do most boxing observers. But Mayweather is 34 now and he hasn’t fought in such a long time that the predictions may be little more than guesses.

Ortiz says he has nothing to lose and nothing to fear in the biggest fight of his life. But other fighters have said that, and Mayweather remains 41-0, a fighter who may not be great but has a record that makes him look close to it.

“I’m going to finish you off,” Mayweather told Ortiz at Wednesday’s final prefight news conference at the MGM Grand hotel.

Mayweather said he was already at the 147-pound weight limit for the welterweight title that Ortiz won by upsetting Andre Berto in his last fight, which is not surprising since Mayweather is never out of shape. But there are questions even inside his own camp about the length of his layoff and the advance of age that eventually claims every fighter.

The last time out Mayweather had a soft touch against an aging Shane Mosley, who stung him in the second round only to fight to survive the rest of the way. This time he has a 24-year-old in front of him full of confidence after a fight he desperately needed to right his career.

“America wants to see change, and change is coming soon,” Ortiz said.

Ortiz overcame the odds of being abandoned by his parents to become a boxer who fights with the same intensity with which he lives.

Given up by many boxing fans for giving up in his fight two years ago against Marcos Maidana, Ortiz righted his career by coming back from two knockdowns in a gutsy fight to beat Berto and win the welterweight title in April.

“He has a real heart,” promoter Oscar De La Hoya said. “He’s a fighter who has been down and always gets back up. Every opponent he’s faced has touched the canvas.”

Indeed, the best thing about Ortiz in the ring — at least for fans watching from home — is that he always seems one punch from a knockout and one more punch from being knocked out himself. He’s 29-2-1, but he’s fighting for only the second time as a true welterweight and he’ll be going up against a fighter who is very comfortable at that weight.

But it may be the experience factor which will be the real difference. Mayweather is a veteran of big fights — the bouts he’s been in have sold a total of nearly 7 million pay-per-views — while this is the first time on center stage for Ortiz.

“It’s a completely different stage,” said De La Hoya, who was on that stage for most of his career. “Either you crumble under the lights or you shine like there is no tomorrow. Victor’s as cool as a cucumber, he doesn’t let anything affect him.”

Ortiz said that’s because he always had to overcome the odds from the time he was born in Garden City, Kan., to his life as a boxer today in Southern California.

“It’s always been me against everyone,” Ortiz said. “I welcome the challenge and will rise to it, just as I have every time.”

The fight figures to be another huge payday for Mayweather, one of only two boxers — Pacquiao is the other — who can consistently sell his fights to America’s living rooms. And it could lead to something much bigger, assuming Mayweather wins and Pacquiao dispatches Juan Manuel Marquez in their Nov. 12 fight.

Pacquiao’s promoter, Bob Arum, said recently that he thinks the impasse over drug testing that has blocked the fight can be resolved and that the two could finally meet in perhaps boxing’s richest fight ever next May.

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Paquiao vs Marquez 3

Manny Pacquiao’s next fight is official. The Filipino sensation will face old rival and reigning lightweight champion Juan Manuel Marquez on November 12 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Top Rank (Pacquiao’s promoter) met today with Marquez and hammered out the deal.

As many know, Golden Boy Promotions had the right to match any competing promoters’ offers for a Marquez fight, but GBP simply could not match what Top Rank offered here, though they did try to get creative. When the fight was thought to be Marquez getting $5 million for a 147-pound fight with Pacquiao, they offered $5 million for Marquez to face Saul “Canelo” Alvarez at the same weight.

And when the weight for the fight dipped down to 144 pounds, Golden Boy considered involving Victor Ortiz. Ultimately, nothing was enough, and Golden Boy couldn’t reasonably match the latest reported offer, which is $5 million for Marquez at a 144-pound catchweight, with a $10 million payday for a fourth fight between the two if Marquez upsets Pacquiao in November.

The fight has seemed like a done deal for about a week now, and the initial offer by Top Rank was sent to Golden Boy’s lawyers even before Pacquiao faced Shane Mosley on May 7, though Bob Arum and the company refused to publicly discuss the offer. Now it’s official, and Arum says that Golden Boy has signed off on everything, according to Steve Kim.

A television outlet has not been officially announced, but one would expect both Showtime PPV and HBO PPV to make serious offers. The world of televised boxing right now is a lot brighter if you’re the network with Manny Pacquiao in your corner. If nothing is announced soon, a telling sign could be which network — if either — makes a play to air Marquez’s scheduled July 2 tune-up fight with David Diaz.

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Cotto vs Margarito ll

By Chris Williams:The December 3rd rematch between WBA Super World light middleweight champion Miguel Cotto (36-2, 29 KO’s) and Antonio Margarito (28-7, 27 KO’s) will be shown on pay per view by HBO instead of Showtime PPV, according to news from Dan Rafael. For boxing fans, this matters little because it’s still going to be a PPV bout. However, with it being shown on HBO instead of Showtime, it could mean that potentially more boxing fans will see the fight because HBO is bigger. The rematch is clearly way late in the game right now with Margarito coming off a bad injury to Manny Pacquiao last December. Margarito suffered a broken right orbital bone in that fight and went through surgery recently to fix the problem. With an injury as bad as that one, it’s surprising that Margarito is being put in a rematch with Cotto at this time. Normally, fighters coming off of serious career threatening injuries like the one Margarito suffered tend to take one or two tune-ups to work their way back into a title fight. However, Margarito is going straight from a bad beating against Pacquiao into a rematch with Cotto, and boxing fans will be expected to pay to see this? Does seem like a rush job to you? It does to me. I get the impression that this is fight where we have to aging fighters about to go stale and it’s being pushed forward as quick as possible, even though one of them probably shouldn’t be fighting a high level guy like Cotto right now given the injuries Margarito sustained in his last fight. The Margarito-Cotto fight is the only fight that’s been confirmed for the December 3rd card, but they’re going to have to put an awful lot of quality fights on the undercard for this to be a PPV worthy card. Margarito hasn’t beaten a top level fighter since his win over Cotto in 2008. That’s three years. The only win Margarito has had since then was over some guy named Roberto Garcia in 2010. I think this isn’t a fight that deserves to be on PPV. If Margarito was still fighting well then I could see it, but he’s clearly not. And Cotto hasn’t had a meaningful fight since he was dominated by Pacquiao two years ago in a 12th round TKO loss in 2009. Cotto’s fights since then have come against the weak punching fellow Top Rank fighter Yuri Foreman and an over-the-hill Ricardo Mayorga. It looks as if Cotto is being spoon fed soft opposition for some reason instead of being matched against tough quality fighters at junior middleweight. I don’t see this as a PPV fight because neither of these guys are beating top level fighters anymore.

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