WBC welterweight champion “Vicious” Victor Ortiz will defend his belt against erstwhile titlist “Pretty Boy” Floyd Mayweather September 17 at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The cowardly, polarizing and violent Mayweather (41-0, 25 KOs) hasn’t fought in 16 months since he defeated “Sugar” Shane Mosley by unanimous decision in May 2010.
Mayweather, a nine-time titlist in five separate weight classes who was named Ring Magazine “Fighter of the Year” in 1998 and 2007, is an utter defensive wizard and one of the most talented and accomplished pugilists to ever enter the squared circle.
“Everyone describes me as a defensive fighter,” Mayweather noted Sunday to the Los AngelesTimes. “I’m not in this sport to take punishment. I’ll be fine.”
“Pretty Boy” hasn’t recently absorbed any “punishment” because he’s spent more time battling outside the squared circle than he has inside of it.
Mayweather, who already owns a decent rap sheet from convictions on battery and assault in 2002 and 2005, presently has a defamation lawsuit filed against him and two new impending court dates for separate incidents.
Mayweather was charged last September with four felonies for allegedly striking his sweetheart and the mother of his children.
Two months later on November 15, Mayweather was slapped with a misdemeanor battery complaint after he purportedly attacked a rent-a-cop over a parking ticket spat outside his Las Vegas abode.
“Money Mayweather” is now 34 and Ortiz (29-2-2, 22 KOs) will be only his third opponent in roughly four years.
“Pretty Boy’s” lethargy and litany of legal issues has to be somewhat concerning for his fans and cronies.
“Go away Floyd,” said Roger “Pit” Perron, 73, a respected boxing trainer from Brockton (Mass.) who now works with Mike and Rich Cappiello at their gym, Cappiello Brothers Boxing and Training. “You don’t want to fight.”
Mayweather himself acknowledged he has suffered from some ring rust.
“When I first got to the gym, I admit that I was not as sharp as I want to be,” said Mayweather, who earned a bronze medal competing as a featherweight at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. “But everyone says now that I’m as sharp as a razor. I’m feeling fast, and I have some good sparring partners in here. They’re not pushing me around, and I’m getting top-notch work.”
Conversely, Ortiz, a Mexican-American from Kansas who ESPN named in 2008 its “Prospect of the Year,” is peaking and Monday he unleashed a scathing verbal barrage against Mayweather.
“I’m going to destroy him, round by round, until the knockout,” Ortiz said on boxingscene.com. “I think Mayweather has a few defeats already, but they aren’t on his record – Jose Luis Castillo and Oscar de la Hoya beat him. He was good at 130lbs, but the day I arrived to 147lbs, he was finished.”
“Vicious Victor” last scrapped when he overcame Andre Berto by unanimous decision in an exciting and wild affair shown live April 16 on HBO.
“The best fight all year,” said Brad Sherwood, 31, a native of Beverly who currently is employed as a personal trainer at Gold’s Gym in Medford. “Ortiz showed heart I didn’t know he had.”
Prior to his scintillating triumph over Berto (27-1, 21 KOs), Ortiz had become something of an afterthought following his disappointing six round TKO loss to Marcos Maidana in July 2009.
However, at 24, Ortiz, whose parents abandoned him and his five siblings when he was a child, may be maturing into the prizefighter he is capable of becoming.
“Vicious,” who was still peddling ecstasy and reefer when he captured the Kansas Golden Gloves championship, is a big, fearless and powerful southpaw.
At 147-pounds, Ortiz is currently considered by Ring Magazine the second preeminent welterweight in the world behind only Manny Pacquiao.
Floyd Mayweather, Jr. is a more gifted and blessed prizefighter than Victor Ortiz is or ever will be.
Nevertheless, inactivity and aging are any prizefighter’s worst enemies.
If Mayweather is not “as sharp as a razor,” Ortiz could give him a pounding “until the knockout” in approximately three weeks.