Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Bert Sugar: Mayweather Jr. Will Never Fight Pacquiao

By Chris Robinson

It’s been a week since the unexpected ending to the ‘Star Power’ pay-per-view in Las Vegas and there is still an aftertaste that can’t quite be washed away. Floyd Mayweather Jr. is a champion yet again as he captured the WBC welterweight title with a 4th round knockout over Victor Ortiz but it's the fight's ending and aftermath that caught just as much attention.

The contest was just heating up when Ortiz would intentionally head butt Mayweather and subsequently suffer a point deduction from referee Joe Cortez. Ortiz hugged Mayweather to show his apology but Floyd would have nothing of it, catching him off guard with a quick left and follow-up right hand that dropped the 24-year old to the canvas as he was counted out.

World renowned sports historian and HBO Sports’ Bert Sugar took in the action and still can’t believe the way the fight ended.

“I haven’t seen such chaos in an ending to a fight since the second Ali-Liston fight in Lewiston, Maine in 65’,” Sugar told me. “It was chaos. They still don’t know what the hell happened. Has anybody figured out who Joe Cortez was talking to outside the ring?”

In suffering his third defeat of his career, people have been focusing on Ortiz’s mental lapse towards the fight’s conclusion. Sure enough, after the deliberate head-butt, Victor seemed far too sorrowful to even be thinking about the heat of battle and Sugar feels it caught up with him.

“He kissed Floyd Mayweather and I gotta believe, knowing Floyd, that was the worst thing that could have happened to him. A man is kissing him in the middle of the ring,” a bemused Sugar added.

A win is a win and while Mayweather keeps his undefeated tag that he cherishes so much, the question comes into play as to whether or not he should have delivered those emphatic final punches to an unsuspecting Ortiz. I asked Sugar if he felt that Mayweather was correct with his actions or whether he simply threw a cheap shot.

“It was both. It was a legal sucker punch,” said Sugar. “There was nothing wrong with. Here’s something that nobody who may have seen this fight is alive to tell about it. In 1908 Staley Ketchel defended his title against Billy Papke, and as the custom but not the rule, Ketchel held out his hands to touch gloves at which point Papke hit him in the Adam’s apple, blinded him and he won the fight. Not illegal but sure as hell not ethically or morally a good moment for boxing or for anything.”

The attention then turned to Mayweather’s future in the sport and where he goes from this point forward.

“I’m not sure,” Sugar stated candidly. “Floyd is a riddle within a puzzle within an enigma. You don’t know what Floyd thinks. The one thing you do know, and it’s what elicited his comments and made Larry Merchant say what he said, you can see he is getting very, very, very paranoid. [He was] touchy about the fans, here they are booing and he got very upset and took it out on Larry Merchant. You don’t know whether he will come back ever or take one more fight.”

The one fight people truly want to see from Mayweather is a fight against fellow champion Manny Pacquiao but it has twice fallen apart at the negotiating tables. And while there is a lot of smoke and mirrors involved, Sugar feels he can see Floyd’s actions for what they really are.

“He’s never going to fight Manny. I’ve never thought so. Haven’t we had that discussion before? I never thought it would happen. Here he is, a total disconnect from reality. After the fight he said ‘I’ll fight Manny if he agrees to taking the Olympic-style blood testing’. Has he ever noticed that twice he did, in two different negotiations? No, he doesn’t want to fight Pacquiao and he might not want to fight at all.”

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by FloydTBE on 09-28-2011

you aint sh*t

Comment by pasawayako on 09-28-2011

[QUOTE=DoubleMM;11205058]some guys opinion....with no insights in the boxing game...his opinion means next to nothing.[/QUOTE] But his opinion has more weight than all the flomos and mayweathers combined.

Comment by pasawayako on 09-28-2011

Bert sugar doesn't know **** about boxing. :lol1:

Comment by raptor30 on 09-28-2011

I'll post it again as I did in other related articles: All due respect to Mr. Bert Randolph Sugar, who have technically and accurately analyzed the facts plain and simple. Here's my take; I don't really hate FMJ because it…

Comment by Pullcounter on 09-27-2011

[quote=oscar28mx;11209876]We all know that mayweather doesnt fight pacquiao because he doesnt want a 50/50 purse. He wants a 60/40 nothing less.[/quote] first negotiations was a 50/50 split and wifebeater was ok with the split. The split isn't the problem, the…

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (121)
Top Headlines Adrien Broner on Mikey Garcia: 'I'm Coming to ‘F*** Him Up!' Joseph Parker: I Back Myself To Beat Anyone, I'll Fight Anyone! Horn: Khan is a Brilliant Boxer, But if Hit on Chin - He Will Sleep Monroe on Saunders: I'd Fight That Motherf***er for 75 Dollars Johnny Nelson: Not a Lock That Mayweather Beats McGregor Juan Manuel Marquez Fight Pushed Back - September or October White: Mayweather Would 'Destroy Conor's Life' if He Goes MMA Curtis Stevens a Free Agent, Parts Ways With Main Events De La Hoya: Mayweather Has Not Been Good For Boxing! Video: Abel Sanchez Talks Canelo-GGG, Kovalev, Pacquiao, More Video: Gennady Golovkin Interview, Training Camp For Canelo Saunders Willing To Stake His Life That McGregor Gets Drilled in 5 Atlas Still Feels Pacquiao-Horn Outcome Stinks, WBO Review Too Carlos Carlson, Isaac Zarate Ready For Ontario Battle Photos: Omar Chavez, Roberto Garcia - Go Face To Face Photos: Amanda Serrano vs. Edina Kiss - Official Weights Photos: Antonio Moran vs. Guadalupe Rosales - Official Weights Broner: I Weighed 144 This Morning; I Could Weigh In Tomorrow Antonio Margarito vs. Carson Jones on September 2 Luis Ortiz Manager: Wilder Not Afraid To Fight, Joshua is a P*ssy Sadam Ali vs. Johan Perez - Undercard Information Alexander Povetkin Cracks WBO's Top Ten After Recent Win WBA Suspends Shannon Briggs Six Months for Failed PED Test Kameda Gym, Japanese Boxing Commision Reach Settlement Ohara Davies Blasts Fans Who Lost Money on His Loss to Taylor Frank Galarza Inks Promotional Pact With Main Events Rau'shee Warren vs. McJoe Arroyo Set For Broner-Garcia Card Trainer: Gerald Washington Will Be Better Due To Wilder Fight Charles Martin Motivated To Win The Title, Fight Joshua Again Shields: Jermall Charlo Won't Make Mistake of Overlooking Heiland Canelo Shakes Head at Mayweather-McGregor: That's Not Boxing! Frank Warren Breaks Down Billy Joe Saunders vs. Willie Monroe Tim Tszyu Aims To Repeat Dad's Feat, Impress in Toowoomba Crolla: Ricky Burns Bout Could Spell Retirement For The Loser Horn: I Made it Open I'd Want Mayweather, My Goal is To Unify De La Hoya on Mayweather: Fans Want Drama, Not a Runner Miguel Vazquez Back on September 2, Goes For WBC Latino Belt Deontay Wilder-Luis Ortiz: Crossing Fingers (and Toes) Charlo-Lubin, Hurd-Trout Show in Works for September 30th Barrera Had No Idea Smith Bout Was 10-Rounds Until Ref Said It
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement