LAS VEGAS -- Three quick thoughts on
This isn't figure skating; it's boxing: You have to protect yourself at all times. Ortiz showed his inexperience by not immediately putting his hands up. Cortez didn't help matters by not properly putting himself between the two fighters and controlling the action. On the replay, Cortez didn't even appear to be looking at the first punch. The consensus at the MGM Grand was that while unsportsmanlike, Mayweather's punch was not illegal. The crowd disagreed. Mayweather was heartily booed and had an expletive laced exchange with HBO's Larry Merchant after the fight.