MANILA, Philippines – Former WBC welterweight champion Victor Ortiz and his trainer, Danny Garcia, both believe that his loss to unbeaten boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. was unfair.
Ortiz lost his title after being knocked out in the 4th round by Mayweather. It was a controversial finish that has the former champion and his team crying foul.
"At the end of the day, I feel like it was an unfair defeat," Ortiz said in a post-fight interview with ESPN Los Angeles.
Ortiz claims referee Joe Cortez had called for a break and he was just following instructions. He said he never heard the referee re-start the fight.
"I figured, if I drop my hands and he hit me, it's either a deduction or he gets disqualified," Ortiz said.
Ortiz' trainer, Garcia, is also criticizing Cortez, saying the referee was not in the correct position to re-start the fight.
Cortez was not looking at the fighters when Mayweather unleashed his knockout punch, as he was still gesturing to the ringside officials.
Garcia added the final 1-2 combination from Mayweather was illegal.
Ortiz and his handlers are asking for a rematch, which Mayweather said he will be happy to give.
"If he wants a rematch, he can get it," Mayweather said.
ESPN boxing analyst Dan Rafael believes a rematch will not happen.
“They (Team Ortiz) are basically groveling and begging for a rematch, and that’s not gonna happen in my opinion. This was a mismatch,” Rafael said.
Rafael said Mayweather was completely dominant and was brilliant in the early 3 rounds, but his performance was overshadowed by the controversial finish.