I have no idea how to describe the last 10 minutes, but I'll try. To say the end of Saturday night's mega-fight between Floyd Mayweather and Victor Ortiz was unorthodox would be grossly understating it. The fight ended in complete chaos, with a defenseless Ortiz lying on the ground after a wicked series of events. And then Larry Merchant got involved.
This wasn't boxing. It was pro wrestling with a side of boxing, but it wasn't boxing. It was absolute pandemonium and a pay per view that probably wasn't worth the money most of the viewing public shelled out in terms of the actual fight, but the side-show sure was.
To recap: Ortiz headbutted Mayweather during a flurry of punches. It was as though he was just in the groove, then decided to add a headbutt for good measure. It was clear as day and the referee pulled him aside to dock him a point. And that's where everything went to hell.
As Ortiz tried to touch gloves and give Mayweather a quick hug to apologize -- while the referee was still dealing with the score adjustment -- he was flat knocked out. Mayweather waited until Ortiz stepped back, then hit him with a left and a right, leaving his opponent downed on the canvas. Fight over.
But let's just make it all even more weird, shall we? Larry Merchant, frustrated by Mayweather's refusal to answer questions about the fight, continued to push, leading to a ridiculous exchange. Mayweather felt HBO hated him and blamed Merchant, saying at one point, "You ain't shit." Merchant responded with, "I wish I was 50 years younger."
So there you have it. No matter who you think was right or wrong, it was a ridiculous side-show, ending with an elderly man and Mayweather standing toe-to-toe in the ring. Yep, this is where boxing is at now.