FORMER WBC welterweight champion Victor Ortiz has issued what he says is his “final statement” regarding his controversial 4th round knockout loss against the new champion, Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Ortiz reiterated his demand for a rematch, even saying he will be willing to do it for free.
“I want the rematch. The reason I want the rematch is not for the money, but for the integrity, the dignity, the honor of our sport and for the fans. If Floyd Mayweather wants to give me the rematch, then I will be waiting for him with open arms,” Ortiz said in his statement published by RingTV.com.
“If he (Mayweather) does want to give us the rematch, to show that it’s not for the money, we will do it for free,” Ortiz added.
Ortiz, however, says that if Mayweather does not want to fight him again, then the 24-year-old former champion is ready to move on.
“If he doesn’t want to give us the rematch, then we will move on, and we’ll see him in the Hall of Fame in about 15 years,” Ortiz said.
“We won’t be making any more comments, and basically, that’s my final statement that I’m putting out here,” he said.
Ortiz’ promoter, Golden Boy Promotions president Oscar de la Hoya, had also asked Mayweather to give Ortiz a rematch, saying it would be the honorable thing to do.
But Mayweather had taken to Twitter and slammed both Ortiz and de la Hoya, saying, “I left the fight in the ring, but Oscar and Ortiz keep doing interviews crying like some Golden Girl (expletive).”
Mayweather also said that Ortiz only wants the rematch because it will be another big payday for him. (abs-cbnNEWS.com)