Following Saturday’s controversial fight between Floyd Mayweather and Victor Ortiz, boxing insiders are still feeling the effects and are calling for a rematch.
On Twitter, a number of notable boxers left messages about the disputed knockout. The former champion and current boxing promoter, Oscar De La Hoya, said that he would like to see a rematch.
"I will fight for Ortiz to have a rematch," De La Hoya said, on Twitter. "I feel Mayweather looked good and Ortiz looked good."
De La Hoya considered Mayweather’s knockout punches as “bad sportsmanship” although he also believes that Ortiz’s head-butt deserved to have two points deducted instead of one.
Following the fight, Ortiz also expressed his desire for a rematch, "I made some mistakes tonight and I apologize to the public, but I definitely want a rematch," according to USA Today.
Ortiz tried to apologize after inexplicably head-butting Mayweather near the end of the fourth round, even hugging and kissing him. But as Ortiz turned to referee Joe Cortez, who apparently was asking the fighters to resume fighting, Mayweather slammed him with a left hook, then a straight right hand.
Many felt the outcome was unsatisfying with Mayweather not winning the fight convincingly, and now are calling for a rematch. However most fight fans expect a mega bout between Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao.
Mayweather can decide if he will fight with Pacquiao until the end of 2012, a deadline given by the Filipino. Currently Pacquiao is waiting for a great fight with Juan Manuel Marquez in November, for the third time.
Both Mayweather and Pacquiao are considered the best pound-for-pound boxers in the sport. Mayweather has said if he beats Ortiz, and Pacquiao defeats Juan Manuel Marquez in November, he will fight with the Filipino, but frustratingly Mayweather also adds the condition that Pacquiao take an extra drug test not required by the regulating bodies. A request he also has not made of any other fighters he steps in the ring with. This has led to many believing Mayweather is scared of Pacquiao and is trying to find reasons to avoid a super bout with the popular Filipino.
“You keep hearing Pacquiao, Pacquiao, Pacquiao," Mayweather said, according to CBS Sports. "I'm not ducking and dodging anyone. I'm not hiding from any opponent. If you're the best, take the test and we'll fight."
As for Ortiz, he has received some major name recognition from the fight on Saturday and Mayweather may not grant him a rematch. But Ortiz could also have a rematch with Marcos Maidana. Maidana defeated Ortiz in a TKO in 2009 and was the last boxer to beat him before Mayweather.