Both Floyd Mayweather & Victor Ortiz Have to Beg to Get Boxing License in Vegas

Victor Ortiz (29-3-2, 22 KOs) and Floyd Mayweather, Jr. (42-0, 26 KOs) will have to meet with the Nevada State Athletic Commission in order to renew their boxing licenses in the state. Though they face scrutiny for different reasons, the two former foes will have to go through  a similar process to be cleared to get back in the ring this year. Both have upcoming fights scheduled to take place at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas with Ortiz slated to have a rematch with Andre Berto in February and Mayweather taking on an unknown opponent in May.Ortiz is in hot water due to an interview with in which he admitted to attempting to break Mayweather’s nose in their September fight that ended in controversy. Ortiz claimed Mayweather hit him multiple times with elbows in the bout despite his protests to the referee. The third man in the ring, Joe Cortez, couldn’t ignore the way Ortiz eventually responded to Mayweather’s fouls. Ortiz charged into a cornered Mayweather’s chin in the midst of the 4th round of the championship bout, causing Cortez to deduct a point from Ortiz. The pause in the action gave Ortiz plenty of time to profusely apologize to his opponent, but Mayweather wasn’t about to forgive and forget. Ortiz gave Mayweather one final embrace before getting popped with two legal punches that put him on the canvas and down for the count. Though many experts criticized Mayweather for a lack of sportsmanship, others called attention to the fact that Ortiz failed to observe one of boxing’s most popular mantras: “Protect yourself at all times.”

As if the awkward loss and resulting critical commentary wasn’t bad enough, Ortiz will now have to convince the Nevada State Athletic Commission that he learned his lesson and will never intentionally head butt an opponent again. He is scheduled for a meeting with the commission next Wednesday to further explain his actions and his statements about intending to break Mayweather’s nose.

“We want Mr. Ortiz to explain himself with regards to his actions of September 17,” said NSAC Executive Director Keith Kizer, explaining that Ortiz is not currently licensed in the state. “There are indications that he would do it again. It is actually a part of our afternoon agenda on the 11th. There will be five commissioners who will decide whether Ortiz will be given a license or not based on explanations.”

Coincidentally, Ortiz also had a point deducted for hitting behind the head in his exciting unanimous decision win over the then-undefeated Berto in their first WBC Championship bout in April of 2011. While he faces an uphill battle to get licensed for the rematch, the anticipation for their second battle and the revenue the fight will bring to the city of Las Vegas will probably play a huge role in allowing Ortiz to be licensed in the state again.

Meanwhile, Floyd Mayweather, Jr. might have lucked out in getting his prison sentence deferred until June first, but his conviction of criminal charges triggered the NSAC to require the undefeated welterweight to report to them before he can gain his own boxing license.

“The commission looks at experience, integrity, character and skill to determine whether or not it’s appropriate to issue a license,” Kizer explained to TMZ.COM. Kizer also admitted that it’s not uncommon for boxers to apply for their licenses just a few weeks before their scheduled bouts. No matter who Mayweather fights on May 5th this year, he generates a great deal of financial stimulus to area hotels and casinos every time he steps in the ring. If the commission licenses Ortiz without a hitch, they won’t dare to prohibit Mayweather from boxing in 2012.

Rich Bergeron

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