In a response to a nasty series of tweets by Floyd Mayweather Jr., Golden Boy Promotions President, Oscar De La Hoya, quipped that he might give the unbeaten, seven-time, five-division titlewinner a rematch if he first defeated Victor Ortiz fairly.
A split-decision loser to Mayweather in May of 2007, De La Hoya, along with Ortiz and the fighter’s manager, Rolando Arellano, ripped Mayweather during a national conference call on Monday, calling his Sept. 17, fourth-round knockout of Ortiz “controversial,” while campaigning for a rematch.
De La Hoya called Mayweather’s actions “bad sportsmanship,” Ortiz labeled the bout-ending punch “a cheap shot,” and Arellano called Mayweather “a punk.”
Among several responses, Mayweather tweeted on Monday evening, “I left the fight in the ring but Oscar and Ortiz keep doing interviews crying like some Golden Girl b–ches. I will f–k both of you up.”
On Tuesday night, De La Hoya countered.
“It’s so sad Mayweather has to bash people and flaunt money he’s not going to have when he retires,” wrote De La Hoya on Tuesday evening. “Give Ortiz a rematch. Try to beat him fair. And then, maybe I will give you another chance at me.”
Mayweather-Ortiz ended with Mayweather (42-0, 26 KOs) stopping Ortiz (29-3-2, 22 KOs) with a left-hook, right hand combination as Ortiz went to embrace Mayweather in an attempt to apologize for a headbutt.
Following a brief hug, and while Ortiz’s hands still were down at his sides with referee Cortez nearby, Mayweather delivered the knockout combination.
On Monday night, Mayweather retaliated on his Twitter account with remarks aimed at Ortiz and De La Hoya.
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