Monday, September 19, 2011 | 10:11pm
SOUND OFF: Was Floyd Mayweather Justified in Victor Ortiz KO?
Sucker punch, a set-up or sheer genius?
Much as is often the case in the Bedford YMCA (Brooklyn) of which I am a member, the “fellas” play Monday morning trainer following a big fight weekend. The discussion usually starts civil and escalates quickly to a yelling match, dividing the gym among Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao supporters. The noise level often getting to such a level the new members from the wave of gentrification which recently swept through the area are left with the stink face.
Today’s debate was one I’m sure fight fans everywhere have been having since Saturday night’s sudden and unexpected ending. After appearing to have stunned Floyd a frustrated Victor Ortiz resorted to an inexplicable head butt when not one of his onslaught of punches seemed to have landed. What followed some have called a “sucker punch” a “bitch slap” and I tend to agree with those who have called it “genius.”
To me, boxing has become to serious. It must end in either a knockout of some sort or a questionable and arbitrary decision at the hand of the judges. One of the things I have never understood is this show of solidarity, a handshake possibly a hug. But a kiss? Floyd visibly was upset by the histrionics and eagar to get back to the business of boxing. The punch that insued the “ceremony” TO ME was one of settling the score. When Ortiz failed to defend himself, Floyd was left with no choice but to do what boxers do, take advantage. But that’s just one man’s opinion.
What do you think? SOUND OFF: Was Floyd Mayweather Justified in Knocking Out Victor Ortiz?