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On This Day: Floyd Mayweather bent the rules and battered Victor Ortiz

John Dennen was ringside in Vegas for Floyd Mayweather's stoppage win, a controversial fourth round victory over Victor Ortiz on September 17, 2011
Floyd Mayweather
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FLOYD MAYWEATHER is destined to play the villain. In smashing Victor Ortiz to the canvas at the MGM Garden Arena, he didn’t violate the rules of boxing but he did offend the sensibilities of sporting fans.

Not that “Vicious” Victor conducted himself as a gentleman, far from it. Bamboozled by a masterful “Money”, in the fourth round the southpaw finally landed a punch of note. His heavy left hand struck Floyd’s head and Mayweather retreated fast. Leaping at his chance Ortiz raced after him, releasing a frenzy of punches. But even with his back to the ropes, Floyd is in command. He swayed in the rigging, letting those Ortiz fists flash past, spent, before tying up the younger man’s arms.

Contained, his rush exhausted, Ortiz fouled blatantly. He jumped clear off the floor to butt Mayweather in the mouth.