Sunday, September 18, 2011

Pacquiao : Mayweather's tactic legal but unsportsmanlike

Source : Lee Jimenez, InterAKTV

Legal but unsportsmanlike.

That was how Manny Pacquiao summed up Floyd Mayweather’s two-punch combination that knocked Victor Ortiz Saturday night (Sunday in the Philippines) at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

“There was nothing illegal in what Mayweather did but it was unsportsmanlike,” said Pacquiao.

Mayweather was awarded the victory after sending Ortiz down for the count in the fourth round of their WBC world welterweight title clash but the fans at the arena and fans around the world voiced out their disapproval over Mayweather’s actions against the untried and untested Ortiz.

Referee Joe Cortez had slapped a one-point deduction against Ortiz for intentional headbutting and Ortiz apologized to Mayweather by embracing him and touching his gloves but as he was backing away, Mayweather responded with a wicked one-two combo that sent Ortiz to the floor and to the chagrin of the spectators.

Koncz said Pacquiao saw that Cortez had signalled the fight to resume, something most of those who were watching live and on TV didn’t.

In the event Pacquiao is exposed to the same situation, two key Team Pacquiao members swore their big boss would never commit such a blatant act.

“He would never do something like,” said Koncz, noting that Ortiz’s lack of experience in mega-fights against mega-fighters contributed to his downfall.

Lawyer Franklin Gacal said “Manny will not do that to his opponent.”

Even trainer Freddie Roach was disgusted with Mayweather’s showing.

“Yeah,” Roach shot back when asked whether Mayweather committed a cheap shot at Ortiz.

Mayweather’s win now paves the way for his next fight possibly in May 2012 against Pacquiao.

But Pacquiao is not getting excited that Mayweather has cleared a hurdle.

On November 12 also at the MGM Grand, Pacquiao meets Juan Manuel Marquez for the third time.

“That’s our focus right now,” said Koncz. “After that, we’ll see what happens.”

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