I posted this in the combat thread about this fight, and I'll post it here too.
The people who said Floyd did something wrong DONT KNOW SHIT ABOUT BOXING.
I was at a bar that had a whole lotta hood types in it last night, and after the fight I was hanging outside with one of the bouncers, a huge black man with long dreadlocks who kinda reminded me of Lennox Lewis.
His first thought on this fight?
"Floyd's street cred just went through the roof with that...that was some real shit."
And he's fucking right.
Let's get one thing straight - boxing is no gentleman's game. It attracts the roughest, shadiest characters around, and the kind of guys willing to get up in the ring and do this for a living are guys that are, for the most part, street as hell.
You do a flying fucking headbutt into someone during a boxing match, a move that not only could knock someone out (the way Ortiz did it) but could cause a MASSIVE cut that could stop the fight, and you fucking well better be prepared to get fouled right back.
I've never seen anger flash across Floyd's face like I did when he hit Ortiz after that, and rightly so.
This kid comes in, having fought a couple good fighters, saying he's gonna whip you, and then he pulls a move like that? C'mon.
Was it kind of a dirty trick? Yea, I guess. But really, IT'S A FUCKING FIGHT. You want to kiss, do it after the fucking fight. You wanna complain to the ref, do it after the fucking fight. Arturo Gatti talked to the ref during their fight - Floyd hit him. Shane Mosley talked to the ref during their fight - Floyd hit him. Ortiz did the same shit, he just didn't have the chin to take it.
Seriously, you get up in that ring, and the one thing they tell FROM THE START - Protect yourself at all times - especially after you just landed a huge ass cheap shot.
Seriously, fuck Ortiz.
And very honestly, the way that fight was going, Floyd was going to knock him out. Ortiz had some good flurries, but in all reality, Floyd was really starting to beat up on him with that lead right hand, and that left hook was beginning to follow it.
Fight woulda' been over by the ninth anyway.
And, yes, Fuck Larry Merchant. I can't stand him either, HBO should have fired that old drunk 20 years ago.