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Garcia warned Cortez that Ortiz would retaliate against Mayweather
Trainer Danny Garcia warned referee Joe Cortez that Victor Ortiz would "throw a low blow or a head butt" if they felt Floyd Mayweather Jr. was fighting dirty.
Danny Garcia warned referee Joe Cortez that his fighter, Victor Ortiz, would "throw a low blow or a head butt" if they felt it was necessary to retaliate for perceived dirty fighting from Floyd Mayweather Jr., the trainer told RingTV.com on Thursday.
Ortiz (29-3-2, 22 KOs) was dethroned on Sept. 17 as WBC welterweight titleholder by fourth round knockout against Mayweather (42-0, 26 KOs).
Ortiz's hands were down at his sides after attempting to apologize -- in the form of a hug -- to Mayweather for a headbutt. With Cortez nearby, Mayweather took advantage of the opening and nailed Ortiz first with a jarring left hook and then a powerful, straight right hand that sent the ex-titleholder sprawling to his back.
Ortiz rolled over and tried to get up, but did not rise in time to beat Cortez's 10-count.
Garcia shared his thoughts about the fight with RingTV.com below.
I knew that after the fifth or sixth round, that Victor was going to fight harder and harder and that he was going to start coming on and that we were going to put him down.
I told him that I don't want a dirty fight, because Victor's going to fight a good clean fight. But I told him, "if you don't take a point from Floyd or something and control his elbows and stop him from fighting dirty, then Victor's going to do something wrong too."
I was going to tell Victor to do maybe a low blow or to hit him, because that way he can know that we can be dirty too. But at the time, Victor, he headbutted Mayweather on his own, yes.
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