Floyd Mayweather Jr. Vs. Victor Ortiz
One of this generation's most talented boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. has confirmed via Twitter that he will be facing Victor Ortiz, the reigning WBC welterweight champion come September 17. It is not yet known where the bout will be staged although there are rumors it could be at the MGM Grand or at the Cowboys Stadium in Texas. Manny Pacquiao, the Filipino dynamo who succeeded Mayweather's crown for the #1 pound for pound fighter in the planet has successfully staged two of his last three fights at Jerry Jones's super-expensive stadium. Pacquiao beat up Joshua Clottey and Antonio Margarito there in fights that pulled over 35,000 spectators each. It would be very interesting if Mayweather-Ortiz will be staged there. Can Mayweather-Ortiz outsell and outperform the success of Pacquiao's fights there? Rabid fans of both fighters will surely want to know.
Richard Schaefer of Golden Boy Promotions who is also Ortiz's promoter stated to ESPN.com that the details of the pay per view fight such as which network will handle it and where the bout will take place are still being worked and ironed out. They better make this fight happen because besides Manny Pacquiao, Ortiz is one of the fighters out there who can really put up a good fight against the slick Mayweather. Of course there's Sergio Martinez who destroyed the likes of Paul Williams and Kelly Pavlik but I think Martinez is just too big for Mayweather.
Mayweather vs Ortiz
Mayweather had some very good things to say about Ortiz. He lauded Ortiz for his last performance inside the ring which was against Andre Berto, a very dangerous not to mention undefeated fighter who can pack a punch that puts people to sleep. Mayweather also called Ortiz an “extremely talented fighter” who has “amazing skills and heart”. Ortiz indeed showed all of these things in the Berto fight. He was put on his place a few times by Berto but he persevered, gave his everything, and clinched the sweet victory at the end. Of course, it's no secret that a few weeks after the fight, Berto tried to discredit Ortiz by insinuating via Twitter that Ortiz was onto something that is why he was so strong and powerful during their meeting inside the ring. But that is another story.
Ortiz, 24, carries with him an impressive professional record of 29 wins, 2 losses, and 2 draws. He won 22 of his victories via knockouts. He was 2008 ESPN.com prospect of the year and he is without a doubt one of today's most promising and rising boxing stars. Last April 16, he moved up in weight from junior welterweight to welterweight and challenged the WBC champion on that weight, Andre Berto. He outpointed the tough Berto in a thrilling fight where both men hit the canvas twice. During that fight, Mayweather was at ringside.
In 2009, Ortiz was lambasted by boxing fans and critics alike when he quit in the sixth round of a grueling fight against a puncher from Argentina named Marcos Maidana. Quitter. Coward. He was called a lot of things. But he went on to redeem himself a few fights later by outpointing Andre Berto, a fighter everyone thought was too much for Ortiz.
Mayweather, 34, on the other hand hasn't fought anybody since May 2010 when he easily beat Shane Mosley on points. That's more than a year of inactivity. Will this be a factor when he finally gets it on with Ortiz? Will we see an older and slower Mayweather come September 17?
Mayweather boasts of an undefeated record of 41 wins, 25 of which he earned via knockouts. Impressive. This guy never lost a ring battle even though some believe he should have 1 loss in his record – the first fight with Jose Luis Castillo. Of course he went on to shut everybody up by beating Castillo clear as day in the rematch. But that first Castillo fight will always be causing a question mark to hover over Mayweather's undefeated record.
Mayweather vs. Ortiz has the trappings of a good fight. In my opinion, however, I think Mayweather will easily win this fight on points. There's a good chance he might even win via knockout. I have a feeling Mayweather will do to Ortiz what he did to the late Arturo Gatti (may he rest in peace). Furthermore, have you seen Ortiz's fight with Lamont Peterson? Peterson gave Ortiz hell. And when it comes to talent, Peterson is way behind Mayweather.
Although I think Mayweather is going to win this match-up using his elusive and crafty ring skills, I wouldn't be very surprised if Vicious Victor Ortiz pulls an upset. This is a guy who put Berto on the canvas after all, not only once but twice.
This is indeed a fight worth looking forward to. So see you all soon come September 17.
How about you, who do you think will win and why? Mayweather or Ortiz? Please leave your answers on the comments section below. thanks.
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