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Pacquiao and Roach not impressed with Mayweather’s win

By Dan Ambrose: WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao and his trainer Freddie Roach didn’t like what they saw of Floyd Mayweather’s controversial 4th round stoppage victory over WBC welterweight champion Victor Ortiz last Saturday night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.

While Pacquiao doesn’t see anything illegal with the two shots that Mayweather nailed Ortiz with in the 4th round after Ortiz had been deducted a point for a headbutt, Roach saw it as a “Cheap shot”.

Speaking with the Philippine Star, Pacquiao said “Very poor sportsmanship. It was not illegal.”

Roach said “The referee was still talking to someone [timekeeper?] at ringside. And I didn’t see him say ‘box’ like they always do. I think he [referee Joe Cortez] lost control.”

Pacquiao’s adviser Michael Koncz also described it as a “I agree that it was a cheap shot.”

I’m personally in agreement with them. I think it might have been legal, but the referee Cortez was concentrating on what appeared to be the timekeeper outside of the ring and he didn’t restart the fight the way that referees typically do by coming forward, motioning with their arms and telling the fighters to resume action.

I can see how Ortiz would have been confused and thinking that the fight still hadn’t been restarted. Mayweather clearly wasted no time in hitting Ortiz with a left hook, as he had just hugged him and was in the process of backing away when he got hit by Mayweather. It didn’t seem like a sporting move by Mayweather, and it had the affect of marring what could have been a great victory for him. Mayweather was in charge of the fight from the 2nd round on and was hitting Ortiz at will with straight hands in the 3rd and 4th. It was embarrassingly easy for Mayweather, but then he went and ruined it with shots while Ortiz wasn’t prepared to fight.

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