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Sulaiman Backs Mayweather: Slams Merchant, Ortiz

By James Blears

The World Boxing Council's Secretary General, Mauricio Sulaiman, is roundly criticizing HBO analyst  Larry Merchant for the post-fight confrontation with Floyd Mayweather Jr., which took place last Saturday night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Mayweather knocked out Victor Ortiz in four rounds to win the WBC welterweight title. 

Thank God a functional time machine wasn’t provided by H.G Wells! In the heat of battle, Floyd, decided to dish out some retribution on Ortiz for a deliberate head butt, and was later enraged by Larry’s dogged determination to bring him to the book for his actions. Mayweather unleashed two big punches to score a knockout while Ortiz had his guard down.

Surely Larry is old enough, and certainly smart enough, to remember similar scenarios between George Carpentier and Ted Kid Lewis, and even more blatantly Jack Dempsey and Jack Sharkey?!? 

Hands up, and remember to defend yourself at "all times" - which is boxing’s cardinal rule.

Mauricio Sulaiman stressed: “We are 100% in Floyd Mayweather’s corner. What a journalist does, has responsibilities and consequences. And this journalist put Floyd in a position that a responsible TV network [and] a responsible TV journalist should not do. What he did in front of millions is very regrettable. All the blame is on Larry Merchant.”

Mauricio said that following Victor Ortiz’s intential head butt, he was surprised that the penalty imposed by referee Joe Cortez was not more severe.

He enlightened: “Well…the rules state that a foul, when it’s intentional, the referee will proceed with a two point deduction. I don’t know whether there may have been some confusion, but the referee proceeded with a deduction of one point. The head butt created the entire problem.

“I would not blame Floyd. He suffered a terrible foul - a tremendous head butt, got cut on the lip and then with the confusion, just took advantage of an opening that Ortiz left. It was a lack of experience. He (Ortiz) was naïve, and he paid the price for that.”

Floyd’s ability to circumvent ring rust due to his incredible boxing ability, has led to long layoffs between fights. But, Mauricio Sulaiman confirmed now that he’s once again won the WBC welterweight belt, one of seven that he’s clinched in five weight divisions, he’ll have to be appreciably active in defending it.

Mauricio succinctly enthused: “Yeah, he has to fight, and I’m sure he’s wants to fight. He’s been very loyal, always green (the WBC’s colors are green and gold) and Floyd is a very special icon.”

Mauricio also suggested that a showdown between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao is now inevitable, and it’s what the world wants to see. 

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by LeadUppercut on 09-22-2011

[QUOTE=komandante;11187495]Pac fans are here just to defend him from flomo's lies nothing else..[/QUOTE] Pacquiao fans are here to stink up the place by incessantly fluffing Manny. And speaking of lies, which one of Pac's 8 ridiculous excuses did you believe…

Comment by BABYBOXER on 09-22-2011

sad to see that wbc secretary general is supporting a boxer who is killing the sport....:smashfrea

Comment by fellajoe on 09-22-2011

Yeah I think most people here got it right. Obviously the wbc president is going to support his top new beltholder. Especially when its one of the best fighters in the world.

Comment by komandante on 09-21-2011

[QUOTE=WALTER WHITE;11187120]I wish Sulaiman and Arum would get into a sports car with its brakes cut. Eff both of them.[/QUOTE] Pac fans are here just to defend him from flomo's lies nothing else..

Comment by komandante on 09-21-2011

Larry Merchant did nothing wrong, the interview was fair. Merchant should also kick the @$$ of Mauricio to shut his mouth. Sulaiman is just baiting Floyd to get sanctioning fee, well you'll not get it.:thanks:

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