Controversial* boxer Floyd Mayweather added yet another victory (and title belt) to his flawless career after defeating now-former WBC welterweight champ Victor Ortiz at the
Staples Center in Los Angeles MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas this past Saturday. If you don’t follow boxing, just know that perennial loudmouth and abrasive Mayweather defeated his much younger opponent in a less-than-honorable– but legal, mind you– manner. If you’re a pugilist enthusiast, you’ve already seen the video below and have an unshakeable opinion on it. If not, here you go:
So yeah. Mayweather took advantage of an apologetic, defenseless, and admittedly idiotic opponent and knocked him out. Even if Ortiz didn’t expect to get sucker punched (yes, it was most definitely a sucker punch), he should have known better than to give the undefeated fighter (he’s undefeated for a reason) an opportunity at an easy victory.
And that exchange with Larry Merchant! The 80-year-old boxing analyst/commentator has long been one of our favorite things about the sport and that night was no exception. He pressed Mayweather’s buttons until the middle child who yells “Nothing I do will ever be good enough for you!” at his parents emerged. Why doesn’t America love you, Floyd? Because until you give audiences the fight they want, every challenger you face will be named “NOT Manny Pacquiao.”
That same night, Mexican sensation/ Oscar De La Hoya protege Saul “Canelo” Alvarez soundly defeated Alfonso Gomez in the sixth round at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Gomez is best known for being a contestant on boxing reality show The Contender, for fighting aging boxers past their prime (see: Arturo Gatti), and for always agreeing to be a walking punching bag for the sport’s bigger names (see: Miguel Cotto; video below):
Following Alvarez’s victory over Gomez, Es Mas (via newswire Notimex) reports that a fight between “El Canelo” and legacy boxer Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (son of this guy) will likely face off in early 2012, possibly March. The Televisa-owned news portal quoted Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer that he would like to see Alvarez fight again this December before finalizing a deal that would put both Mexican upstarts in the ring. Given their drawing power in Mexico– and in The States– Chavez Jr. vs. Canelo will likely be one of the better fights of the coming year.
*We went with the c-word because “polarizing” would have been somewhat inaccurate. Personally, we don’t know anyone who’s a Mayweather fan. People who acknowledge his skill and have some respect for him, sure. No one in our social circle would ever claim to actively root for him. Plus, “asshole” would have been uncouth.