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 Last update:  9/21/2011       Read more by Edward Chaykovsky         
   
Cortez Admits He Never "Told" Floyd, Ortiz To Fight
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By Edward Chaykovsky

There has been some debate on whether or not referee Joe Cortez "verbally instructed" Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Victor Ortiz to resume fighting during their controversial fourth round at the MGM Grand last Saturday night. After Ortiz used his head, intentionally, on Mayweather, Cortez took Ortiz to the center of the ring and took away a point. Ortiz, looking to apologize, walked over to give Mayweather a hug, and within a split moment Mayweather would land two punches on a defenseless Ortiz to score a knockout. During video replays, Cortez was shown looking at the timekeeper's table and stating "time in."

After the loss, Ortiz argued that Cortez never told him to resume fighting and that's why his hands were at his side when Mayweather caught him. Cortez admits that he never verbally instructed the boxers, but gave them a hand signal to restart the action.

"I made the signal. You don’t have to say anything. These guys know the rules. Victor made two mistakes. His first one was being a bad boy, and his second one was being too much of a good boy," Cortez told the Los Angeles Times.

Tags: Floyd Mayweather Jr. , Victor Ortiz , Mayweather-Ortiz , Mayweather vs Ortiz



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comment by jaded, on 09-23-2011
I just watched the UK broadcast from Primetime and immediately one of the commentators remarks that the ref didn't tell the boxers to box...which is later confirmed by the other commentator after watching the replay. They clearly were under the impression is was improper.

comment by minasyan, on 09-22-2011
Yes they know the rules but do you know them Cortez? You ****ing idiot!!!

comment by TheMexHurricane, on 09-22-2011
He motioned them to engage. I saw that without a replay. My Mexican bros were like "WTF?" and I told them right out the gate that it was legit and about having to protect yourself at all times. I stand corrected if a verbal command has to be given tho.

comment by jaded, on 09-22-2011
[QUOTE=StopBlocking]The only thing on drugs is that ugly Pitbull mixed mutt in your avatar. I hope that is not your dog, looks dumb.[/QUOTE] Your posts keep getting more gay

comment by Clutch93, on 09-22-2011
"Cortez was asked whether he would accept the description of Mayweather's attack as legal sucker punches. "I would agree to that," he said." .....LOL.

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