I also have watched it many times and anyone has their right to their take on it all and to color it any way you want also. A major title fight was ruined for the fans who know what a title fight is. Steve Kim from Max Boxing warned us all ahead of time that Cortez with his HORRIBLE track record was going to ruin this fight somehow, someway. He did. Ortiz showed glaring transparent retro glimpses into the mindset that existed for him in the Maidana fight. Frank Baltazar called it and he was right.
Cortez's handling of the final moments were inexcusable, inept refereeing and extremely inattentive. During the aftermath of a heated and major occurrence, the intentional head butt, he had called a time out. He quickly called a time in too fast and at the wrong time, which many people missed and Cortez did not position himself between the fighters properly, based on what was actually happening in the ring, and because he was inattentive he did not prevent an unfair advantage from happening nor did he tell Ortiz, stop apologizing and get your hands up this fight is on. You cannot call time in at the speed of light while one guy is on a kissing, apology trip with his hands down.
It is like setting up a foul like hitting on the break because the referee does not know what he is doing anymore. Joe has shown that quite a bit over the years.
You take two boxers, you break them by saying stop punching break clean, then at the speed of light you jump back and yell GO, one guy sucker punches the other and everyone says, HE SAID GO. It is not just being in the wrong position which can happen to any referee where you miss a low blow, this situation is Joe is talking to someone, his head is turned, his mouth is open and he is not paying attention. Ortiz created the opening with an unaware ass kissing mutt attitude,
Floyd the always thug, mugged him. Then Oritz quit to me, the welterweight champion of the world did not even try to get up, show him films of Tony DeMarco getting up 5000 times against Virgil Akins to show him what real balls is on a champ.
The referee must take control in the aftermath of a heated moment like that, if I saw Ortiz with his hands down while the time out I had called was still in existence, stepped between them to separate them at full arms length and tell them both to keep it clean, then tell them to box when they were both ready.
Why not let a guy get hung up on the ropes, with his arms pinned, and say time in go, and let the other guy blast away. Extreme example but there was just an extreme intentional foul attempted and a point deducted. Take control because any ref would know, that the other fighter is going to try to retaliate. You think then is a good time to turn your head away and let them fight like Walcott did while refereeing Ali and Liston II? This fiasco was just as bad as far as the referee's inattentive focus on his job. His face was so shocked he did not even know the left hook landed first. Sorry, it just truly contributed to the fiasco.
Cortez with his mouth agape hanging wide open in shocked disbelief was in another world, not watching the boxers and talking to someone at ringside. He was too far way, and called time in too quick while one guy had his hands down.
Then Floyd threw the shots as fast as possible before Ortiz had his hands up. Legal? Yeah, but cheap shots against a fool with the help of a referee too far away who lost control and gave one boxer an unfair advantage. It was shades of Joe Cortez leaving another boxer on the deck bleeding and injured without any attention while Joe decides to take a little walk and goes and gets in discussions at ringside with no idea what is going on behind him or on the side of him.
As to Ortiz, he did not get hit any kind of Julian Jackson, Rubin Carter, Hatchet man Sheppard shots, he definitely could have gotten up or tried. He was happy to be out of it and could not land on Floyd the way he wanted and acted so glad to be out of the action it was obvious to any fighter or boxing fan who saw him quit against Maidana. He said it best, "I don't deserve to get beat up like this." Kudos to him for the Berto win just like Kudos to Buster Douglas for the Tyson win.
Then both of them acted like they were looking for the door like Montell did against Roy Jones in the DQ, and Buster did with Holyfield. I made my money, I trained hard, I tried hard but guess what it isn't working and I am not going out like Carmen Basilio against Robinson or Fullmer, I quit NOW.
Cheap shot, legal yes, bad inattentive referee job that anyone can see COME ON give me a break, just look at it, that's the way to do it????
Ortiz's lack of mental toughness in a title fight blows my mind, "I'm sorry", ok you're sorry, got it. "I am still soooooooo sorry," uhhh ok, got it, " I'm Elmer Fudd
wellly welly sowwy, give me a hug kiss," my hands are down, see they are all the way down, I trust you soooo much, pwease don't hit me now. Oh, Oh, he hit me after the wef who was standing far away wasn't looking,
I know what I will do, I will cwy, "Hey wef, he HIT ME," do you all like the way I turned my head to tell on Floyd, ooops he hit me again, I think I will quit now. Is it all over? It is? Now, thank you for hitting me with my hands down while I was apologizing,
give me a big hug and tell me everything is going to be ok now.