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Berto Wonders Whether Ortiz Quit With Floyd Mayweather

By Keith Idec

ATLANTIC CITY — Andre Berto didn’t actually say Victor Ortiz quit during his infamous fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr.

Then again, the IBF welterweight champion didn’t need to utter the “Q” word after everything else he said about Ortiz’s reaction to Mayweather’s notorious combination that ended their welterweight title fight Sept. 17 in Las Vegas.

“I was waiting for him to get up,” Berto said during a trip to promote his Feb. 11 rematch with Ortiz in Las Vegas. “That’s what I’m saying. I’m saying that either he looked up and was thinking about life and said, ‘I don’t think I want to do this,’ and just stayed down, or I don’t know.”

When asked directly if that meant he thought Ortiz could’ve continued when he got up, Berto said, “Well, he didn’t, so I can’t say.”

Promoter Lou DiBella, seated beside Berto, quickly added that Ortiz “didn’t look too unhappy when it ended.”

Berto agreed.

“That’s what I’m saying,” Berto continued. “That was the crazy thing about it. I got so many phone calls. It’s just like I’ve never in my life seen somebody so happy to get knocked out. Never. Never. They stopped the fight and he’s up smiling, hugging, kissing everybody around him. I mean, you know, walking back to the dressing room laughing, smiling. At his after-party, posing up. I’m like, ‘Dude.’ I’m going to ask him some questions when he walks in here.”

If Berto asked Ortiz about whether he could’ve continued against Mayweather, he didn’t do it publicly. Ortiz didn’t arrive to a Caesars Atlantic City meeting room for an interview session until Berto left.

When told Berto hinted that he quit against Mayweather, Ortiz smiled wide.

“See, to me that’s kind of funny,” Ortiz said. “What can you do, really? I mean, you have the judges and everybody, along with Cortez, calling the fight off. But at the same time, I’ll let DiBella and Berto stay on the past because what’s coming forward is nothing easy.”

Berto (28-1, 22 KOs), of Winter Haven, Fla., and Ortiz (29-3-2, 22 KOs), of Oxnard, Calif., dropped each other twice in a captivating slugfest April 16 in Mashantucket, Conn. Ortiz’s unanimous decision win, which earned him the WBC welterweight title, helped the strong southpaw land a huge opportunity against Mayweather (42-0, 26 KOs).

When asked if he would’ve hit Ortiz when Ortiz was looking at the referee, Berto said, “Probably not.” What bothered him much more about the Mayweather-Ortiz ordeal, though, was Ortiz’s approach to trying to upset the most gifted fighter in the world.

“Floyd is a supreme boxer,” Berto said. “So why would you move around and start trying to box the guy? And Floyd was just popping shots on him, and of course, from time to time Ortiz came and tried to bring the pressure on the ropes. But like I said, it just looked like a different Ortiz in there. He just got frustrated and tried to pull the head-butt situation, and afterwards was doing a lot of hugging and kissing and got knocked out.”

Keith Idec covers boxing for The Record and Herald News, of Woodland Park, N.J., and BoxingScene.com.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by FoxingFan2010 on 12-21-2011

"Asking a pressure fighter why he cant close the distance on Mayweather would be like asking Roach what happened with Marquez." LOL, you're right, I never said it was gonna be easy,,,but at least you kind of agree with me…

Comment by LeadUppercut on 12-21-2011

[QUOTE=FoxingFan2010;11586366]Ortiz didn't have anymore fight in him,,,,Berto's right Ortiz tried to box with the best boxer on the planet and found out just how hard it was. To beat Floyd, you gotta kind of bum rush him--throw his phenomenal timing…

Comment by newcastleking on 12-21-2011

ortiz went out like a ***** headbuting floyd and floyd suckerpunching ortiz was ***** **** as well. their supposed to be 2 of the best fighters today but acting like little kids instead of champions. like " He hit me…

Comment by FoxingFan2010 on 12-21-2011

Ortiz didn't have anymore fight in him,,,,Berto's right Ortiz tried to box with the best boxer on the planet and found out just how hard it was. To beat Floyd, you gotta kind of bum rush him--throw his phenomenal timing…

Comment by jrosales13 on 12-20-2011

[QUOTE=Alpha & Omega;11585402]Of course Ortiz quit, because he is a weak minded fighter, as we have all seen. He just did not want all the viewers to continue to watch him get that ass beat and picked apart, round after…

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