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  • After a controversial fourth-round loss to Floyd Mayweather on Sept. 17, former WBC welterweight champion Victor Ortiz is lobbying for a rematch.By John Gurzinski, AFP/Getty Images

    After a controversial fourth-round loss to Floyd Mayweather on Sept. 17, former WBC welterweight champion Victor Ortiz is lobbying for a rematch.

By John Gurzinski, AFP/Getty Images

After a controversial fourth-round loss to Floyd Mayweather on Sept. 17, former WBC welterweight champion Victor Ortiz is lobbying for a rematch.

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Time hasn’t lessened the pain for Ortiz and his team, who can’t seem to put the loss out of their minds. They remain fixated on Mayweather, as well as what they perceive as an unacceptable job by referee Joe Cortez.

Ortiz, his promoter Oscar De La Hoya, and manager Rolando Arrelano held a conference call with reporters on Monday, and laid into both Mayweather and Cortez, while trying to shame Mayweather into a rematch.

“We want (Floyd) to do the right thing,” said Arrelano. “Not only for us, but for his legacy and for his fans. More importantly for the Hispanic fans, who are the (biggest) consumers of boxing. Eighty percent of the people who buy pay-per-view are Hispanic fans, and I can almost assure you that 70% are displeased with (the outcome).”

Addressing Mayweather, he said: ” Give the guy a fair shot and if you’re the best of the best, beat us like the best of the best.”

Then they hammered away at the man nicknamed “Money,” who earned at least $25 million for the fight and likely much more.

“Personally that was a cheap shot,” said Ortiz. “…At the end of the day, Floyd is not respected, and never will be in my eyes, as a great pound-for-pound fighter. Why? Because I had the upper hand in that fight, and I personally think he was fearing that I was coming. … I was getting stronger; he was getting weaker, his punches weren’t fazing me, and every shot of mine was making him smile. You know a fighter smiles quite often because he’ hurting.”

Arrelano said Mayweather’s KO punches — a left hook then a straight right — while Ortiz was looking at Cortez, were analogous to “bringing two karate kids together, they both bow down, one looks up and kicks the other one in the head and says, ‘hey, I won the fight. Look at me. I’m the greatest.'”

Of Cortez, De La Hoya said, “He must have had an off-night, because I know for a fact that Joe Cortez is much better than that. … You take control of the fight and you tell each fighter, ‘hey, let’s fight. Let’s fight clean.’ He had no control of the fight.”

Mayweather has been tweeting almost non-stop about Ortiz, and said this: “Does Victoria Ortiz want another rematch because he thinks he can win or does he want another payday?”

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