Boxing superstar Floyd Mayweather (42-0, 26 KOs) scored a fourth round KO over WBC welterweight champion Victor Ortiz (29-3-2, 22 KOs) to claim the WBC crown in round four on Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Ortiz had a good round two, but Floyd was back in charge in the third. After an Ortiz attempt at an intentional headbutt in round four, Cortez broke the action and deducted a point from Ortiz. Cordoba called time back in and Ortiz went to Mayweather, embraced him and apologized, Mayweather then clocked Ortiz with two shots as he was stepping back and knocked him out.
Referee Joe Cortez told the Las Vegas Review Journal that Mayweather's KO punch was a legal shot. "Time was in," Cortez said. "The fighter needs to keep his guard up. Mayweather did nothing wrong."
WBC welterweight Floyd Mayweather and HBO Commentator Larry Merchant got into it during Saturday night's post fight interview.
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Mayweather: You never give me a fair shake. You know that? So I'm gonna let you talk to Victor Ortiz, alright? I'm through! Put somebody else up here to give me an interview.
Merchant: What are you talking about?
Mayweather: You never give me a fair shake! HBO needs to fire you! You don't know shit about boxing! You ain't shit! You're not shit!
Merchant: I wish I was 50 years younger and I'd kick your ass!
Mayweather: You won't do shit!
END OF INTERVIEW
This is Mayweather's first fight in 16 months (UD 12 Shane Mosley, May 2010).
Ortiz last fought in April, winning a unanimous decision against Andre Berto.
Although he has 2 loses, 2 draws and 7 decision wins, Ortiz has knocked down every opponent he hasn't knocked out.
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