By Ronnie Nathanielsz
WBC president Don Jose Sulaiman believes the world wants newly crowned WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr to face pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao and he is ready to lend his good offices to help make the fight happen.
Sulaiman who was at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas to watch Mayweather knock out Victor “Vicious” Ortiz with a cheap shot that provided a bizarre ending to the title fight in the fourth round told BoxingScene.com/Daily Inquirer.
“I will offer my independent friendship and authority to try to make the fight take place because both (Pacquiao and Mayweather) are without question the two greatest boxers in the last decade.”
Sulaiman said “I think the world wants the fight so if there is any way I can participate in a friendly way to put aside all differences for the good of boxing and for them to accept this would be fantastic.”
Manny Pacquiao who followed the fight on television told BoxingScene/Daily Inquirer “what Mayweather did was legal but its not the action of a sportsman. He just took advantage of that moment. I think Ortiz was trying to be nice to Mayweather.”
Pacquiao said Mayweather “is still good but I think in the third and fourth round when Ortiz attacked, Mayweather got rattled. If Ortiz didn’t get knocked out and the fight continued through seven or eight rounds Mayweather could have been in trouble.”
Asked whether he would like to fight Mayweather after what he witnessed, Pacquiao said “oh yes” but pointed out that his attention is now focused on his November 12 showdown with Marquez.
Pacquiao was visibly upset over the manner in which Mayweather treated Merchant stating “you saw how nasty and mean he was.”
Top Rank promoter Bob Arum said Mayweather was “a big disgrace while Joe Cortez shouldn’t be refereeing any more.” Cortez said afterward, "Time was in. The fighter needed to keep his guard up. Mayweather did nothing illegal."
For his part Mayweather, the new WBC super welterweight champion who upped his winning streak to 42 with no loss and 26 knockouts, fell back on the usual referee’s pre-fight instructions to the fighters “to protect yourself at all times" while Ortiz countered , "I obeyed [the ref] as I was told. Then, boom, he clocked me."