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Undefeated, five-division boxing World Champion Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather was all smiles, while WBC welterweight champion ‘Vicious’ Victor Ortiz exuded nervous energy as he dug deep in his bag of verses, when both protagonists faced off in front of HBO’s Max Kellermen to promote their September 17 clash at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
There’s no confusing who the seasoned vet is next to the anxious rookie in front of the cameras, as Mayweather mocked and patronized Ortiz throughout the 12-minute feature, sending a message that he isn’t the least bit concerned with the young champion in front of him. At one point, Mayweather even interrupted Kellerman’s questioning to point out his fashion sense in naming the brand of shoes he was wearing.
“I don’t really worry about it; same old thing,” Mayweather told Kellerman as he brushed off Ortiz who had his eyes locked on him like a pitbull ready to attack. “It’s just another day for me,” a smiling Mayweather dismissed, as he took a swig from his water bottle.
“It’s not another day for me, but this is my first time defending my title, and I’ll make sure I keep it just like he (Mayweather) did for 15 years,” Ortiz responded bringing out a chuckle from Mayweather.
In the middle of making his point about his chances in winning, Mayweather cut off Ortiz to plant some doubt in his head. “I don’t mean to cut you off. The difference as far as his victory against (Andre) Berto goes, he looked tremendous; both fighters looked good actually. Berto got speed and power, but it’s certain angles, and things that I use, and I break my opponent down, and before you know it, you look up and say ‘damn, I’m down in the scorecards’, you may be down four-zip, or it may not even go to the fourth round. You never know,” Mayweather said.
“That’s what I’m going to say about you too,” Ortiz replied.
“Everything you see on the outside, you’ll say ‘damn, I can do this, well he can land this shot’. If you make any mistakes, you have to pay… if you make any mistakes, you have to pay,” Mayweather told Ortiz, and suggested that he already knows four ways on how to beat him, the way he knows there are five ways to beat his nemesis Manny Pacquiao.
Ortiz appeared to have had more interest in taking on the interviewer Kellerman as it was, as he repeatedly pointed out how the HBO commentator ‘ripped his heart’ out when he suffered his first loss, a brutal knockout at the hands of Marcos Maidana.
“I’m going to destroy this kid,” a genuinely amused Mayweather told Kellerman at the end of the interview, while Ortiz laughed and replied “shut up,” as if the two were picking on him and cracking jokes. Kellerman followed up telling Mayweather, “he told you to shut up. That’s kind of messed up.” Ortiz responded by pointing at Kellerman and telling Floyd, “he’s trying to start some sh!t,” and asked him “okay who hits him first, me or you?” as the show closed with all three characters sharing a hearty laugh.
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Filipino Sports Examiner Dennis ‘dSource’ Guillermo is a freelance sports writer and contributes to TV5’s Interaksyon.com, BoxingScene.com, The SunStar newspaper in the Philippines and SportsManila.net.
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