Crazy Mayweather controversies
Thanks to his defensive style of fighting, Floyd Mayweather is generally considered a boring boxer, but if you watch enough of his fights, sooner or later you’ll see something crazy. Take his match with Victor Ortiz, for example. During the bout, Ortiz intentionally headbutted Mayweather. Feeling guilty for his illegal act, Ortiz gave Mayweather a hug and even kissed him on the cheek. After that weird display of contrition, the ref started the fight up again, but Ortiz tried to give Mayweather another hug.
And that’s when Floyd fired with two shots, sending Ortiz to the mat and putting him down for the count. Victorious, Mayweather walked away with Ortiz’s belt, but the 22,000 fans in the arena booed the man for sucker-punching his opponent. According to Mayweather put it, this was totally Ortiz’s fault: “In the ring, you have to protect yourself at all times.”
That’s nothing compared to his fight with Zab Judah. In this 2006 match, Judah smashed Mayweather with a right hook, causing Floyd’s glove to touch the canvas. Technically, this should’ve been a knockdown, but the ref didn’t make the call. Then in the tenth round, Judah hit Mayweather below the belt before punching him in the back of the head — both illegal moves. Infuriated, Floyd’s uncle Roger, who worked as his trainer, jumped into the ring and got into a fight with Judah’s dad.
Things only escalated from there, with more and more people pouring into the ring. Security officers and policemen were forced to restore order, and after the impromptu brawl, Roger Mayweather was stripped of his license and fined by the Nevada State Athletic Commission.