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Joe Cortez Reflects on The Mayweather-Ortiz Outcome

By Pablo Fletes, notifight.com

Veteran referee Joe Cortez was involved in one of the most controversial fights of 2011, when Floyd Mayweather Jr. knocked out Victor Ortiz in September to win the WBC welterweight title at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Ortiz, in the process of apologizing for an illegal head butt, dropped his guard to approach Mayweather, who took advantage by landing two solid punches to knock Ortiz out.  Ortiz claimed that Cortez never advised them to fight on, which is why he dropped his guard.

"Boxing is a sport where there is always controversial results, such as mine with Mayweather-Ortiz," said Cortez. "One always tells the boxers 'protect yourself at all times', but what Ortiz did to Mayweather looked bad, to me as a referee. It was not a good thing for the sport, but boxing should move forward.

Do you feel lost control of this fight that generated millions of dollars?

"The problem is that it happened in a split second. I wondered why Ortiz dropped his guard? He should not have lowered his guard, and he had already done it once or twice before. And Mayweather took advantage."

Was this move by Mayweather illegal or not?

"No, it was all within the rules. I did not say box with my mouth, because there were so many people [at the arena], they would not have heard my voice. So I waved the boxers [to fight on], and this always happens when you have an arena with 13 or 15 thousand fans inside. At that time, Ortiz dropped his guard and took Mayweather's punches."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by tlaloc on 12-27-2011

Really doubt that Mayweather was gonna KO Ortiz if the fight went on, and if he fights Canelo there's no way he will knock him out. Mayweather couldn't even KO Marquez and JMM is a lightweight. Floyd can dominate fighters…

Comment by LeadUppercut on 12-27-2011

[QUOTE=S IP U IR S xII;11603698]And these so called professional couch judges are just as good as Joe Cortez....finally....someone saw this fight as i did...Floyd lost a step, and to say he was dominating, and Vic was doing nothing just…

Comment by LeadUppercut on 12-27-2011

[QUOTE=edgarg;11603398]NO, the ref HAS to give precise definite instuctions, verbally, not in sign language. The correct one is "box on". Cortez is not being completely honest. I suppose he can make signs as well, if he wants to, but a…

Comment by Doctor_Tenma on 12-27-2011

[QUOTE=CHOWWOKKA;11605449]Exactly, I don't see how Cortez did anything wrong. It makes no difference whether he is looking at the KO or if he is in the corner playing himself. Ortiz was the one looking at the ref instead of the…

Comment by Doctor_Tenma on 12-27-2011

[QUOTE=edgarg;11605426]You are missing the point. "Let's go" could be meant to "get ready to fight" the hand gestures mean nothing. Boxing is not governed by hand gestures, which, to different people can mean different things. Besides they take the boxer's…

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