Social Media Blogger/Online Citizen Journalist hybrid. LA born. DC made.
Could tonight’s Floyd Mayweather-Victor Ortiz boxing bout go down as one of the most viral matches in social media history? That just appears to be the case as Pay-Per-View watchers across the country as well as the live crowd in Vegas got more than they bargained for in a WWE Smackdown-like affair.
Mayweather’s “controversial” move on Ortiz that knocked the Vicious One out in the 4th round immediately set off an online firestorm with viewers. While reaction was mixed, it was the Vicious One that got most of the earned negative media for forgetting the basic boxing principle of PROTECT YOURSELF AT ALL TIMES. Boxing fans also decried Ortiz’s attempted kiss and makeup with Mayweather for the initial incident.
The biggest story of the night, however, was the unexpected confrontation between Floyd Mayweather and HBO announcer Larry Merchant. Watch here.
Merchant quickly climbed his way up the Twitter trend latter to claim the highest non-“promoted” spot at least in the Los Angeles region. In Vegas, the top trend was a jab at Ortiz with #YouLookRealStupid.
Most certainly, while some may say that Victor Ortiz will be forgotten about in a week, tonight’s match has probably provided boxing fans and internet meme enthusiasts with enough rich content until the anticipated rematch.