Floyd Mayweather, Jr. found himself in a real fight against Victor Ortiz on HBO pay-per-view Saturday night. While Mayweather was landing more punches throughout the fight, Ortiz had moments where he forced Mayweather into the ropes, finding a home for power shots to the head and body.
In the fourth round, one of the oddest moments in recent history went down. Ortiz trapped Floyd against the ropes, was landing to the head and body and suddenly threw a completely intentional headbutt. Referee Joe Cortez broke the fighters up and deducted a point from Ortiz.
Victor walked up to Floyd, apologizing for the clearly intentional move. The two men touched gloves but Ortiz tried to take it a step further and hug Floyd. Instead of an embrace, Mayweather threw two very hard shots knocking Ortiz down. Cortez clearly had not restarted the bout and was talking to the judges.
Instead of sorting the issue out in the moment, Cortez counted Ortiz out and awarded the knockout win to Mayweather.
It was a very hectic and confusing situation but the replays made it extremely clear that Cortez had not yet signaled for the fighters to resume fighting.
After the fight, Mayweather got into a shouting match with HBO's Larry Merchant telling him that Merchant "doesn't know shit about boxing" and demanding HBO fire him. Merchant shoved Mayweather and told him he wished he was fifty years younger.
Mayweather said that he would rematch Ortiz during the dispute and the crowd was left unsatisfied after a very fun night of fights.
Mayweather remains undefeated with the win but Ortiz's camp should absolutely appeal the loss. It was a sloppy and bizarre end to what was shaping up to be an interesting fight.
Update by Brent Brookhouse: Video evidence proves that Cortez had in fact restarted the fight.