MANILA, Philippines – Floyd Mayweather Jr. may have won over Victor Ortiz, but the way he did it looks bad for the sport, according boxing legend and now promoter Oscar dela Hoya.
Dela Hoya, who promoted the Mayweather-Ortiz fight, said Mayweather displayed bad sportsmanship by going for the knockout while Ortiz was not looking.
“It was bad sportsmanship. You don't do that. You don't win a fight like that. How are you feeling right now thinking that you won a fight like that?" he said in Ringtv.com.
Ortiz may have committed a grave mistake by failing to protect himself, but Dela Hoya said this does not erase the fact that Mayweather attacked an unguarded opponent.
"My argument is that it just looks bad on the sport. Speaking as a promoter, it just looks bad on the sport. Bad sportsmanship should not happen in any sport," he said.
Dela Hoya, owner of Golden Boy Promotions (GBP), said he will push hard for a rematch.
He said that a bright prospect like Ortiz should be given another opportunity against Mayweather.
Ortiz lost the WBC welterweight crown to Mayweather after getting knocked out in the 4th round in their match over the weekend.
He was caught flush by Mayweather’s knockout punches while he was apologizing for an intentional headbutt.