Roach: “Victor was being too nice. He was being physical with Floyd”

source: abs-cbnnews.com Four-time Trainer of the Year Freddie Roach believes Victor Ortiz lost his welterweight bout against Floyd Mayweather Jr. because he was “too nice” against the undefeated American. “Victor was being too nice. He was being physical with Floyd, he took him out his game plan, he was just being too nice. His niceness caught up with him,” Roach said. He added: “It was his own fault. Victor is a good friend of mine but he was being too nice.” Mayweather knocked out Ortiz in the 4th round of their bout last September 17 (September 18 in Manila) to win the WBC welterweight belt and maintain his undefeated record. It was another controversial victory for Mayweather who dropped Ortiz right after the latter apologized for a headbutt against Mayweather. Ortiz was deducted a point for the headbutt, then lost the fight after a 1-2 combo from Mayweather. “I think the referee kind of lost control of the fight, he was looking the other way,” Roach said, referring to Joe Cortez. “After the 3rd time Victor apologized, he finally hit him. Protect yourself at all times is something we always say.” The referee Cortez was not looking when Mayweather unleashed his 1-2 combination that dropped Ortiz. “It was a cheap shot, but it happens in boxing. I can’t do anything about it,” Roach said. In the post-fight press conference, Mayweather had defended his actions. “Once we touch gloves, it’s open season,” said Mayweather, whose record is now 42-0. Ortiz and his camp is asking Mayweather for a rematch, but Roach says there is no need for a 2nd bout. “I don’t see any need for a rematch. Who would pay to see that?” he said.
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