Floyd Mayweather triumphantly returned to the pay-per-view boxing ring Saturday night -albeit controversially - with a stunning 4th round win over welterweight champion Victor Ortiz.
The undefeated Mayweather knocked out Ortiz while Ortiz had his hands down during a separation of the boxers by fight referee Joe Cortez.
Cortez stopped the fight late in the 4th round to penalize Ortiz for intentionally head-butting Mayweather after the two fighters exchanged a flurry of punches.
As Ortiz was apologizing to Mayweather for the head butt and as the fighters touched gloves to finish the round, Mayweather hit Ortiz with a two-punch combination that floored the now former champion. Ortiz could not beat Cortez' 10 count and Mayweather was declared the winner.
The fight was Mayweather's first PPV appearance since his May 2010 win against Shane Mosely, which drew more than 1.4 million PPV buys. It's unclear how many buys the fight will generate, but prior to the event fight promoter Golden Boy Productions predicted Mayweather-Ortiz would generate at least 1.5 million PPV buys.
The triumph keeps alive the prospects for the fight all boxing fans and pay-per-view distributors want to see: Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao. "Pac Man" will have to uphold his end of the bargain by beating Juan Manuel Marquez in their Nov. 12 HBO PPV match. Their first bout on May 8, 2004 ended in a draw, while the rematch went to Pacquiao in a split decision on March 15, 2008.
Should Pacquiao win, any bout with Mayweather would have to overcome the animus between the boxers, not to mention their camps' differences over drug testing procedures, something that KOd a contest that seemingly had been on track in 2010.