Victor Ortiz, feisty in advance of his Sept. 17 fight with Floyd Mayweather, Jr. took the opportunity while on an international media conference call to air his grievances against media members.
Notably, Oscar De La Hoya, President of Golden Boy Promotions was on the call with Ortiz, his first after being in rehab for what he said was a drug and alcohol problem. De La Hoya refused to answer any questions on the matter, allowing his fighter to shine in the spotlight.
Ignoring the usual advice that all promotion is good promotion, no matter what slings and arrows come a boxer’s way in the pre-fight hype, Ortiz pounded on what he perceives as the negativity and the cluelessness of media members.
After being asked about how he’s handling all the extra promotional activites that are attendant to a fight that includes Money May, such as appearances on Piers Morgan and HBO’s “24/7”, Ortiz said, he isn’t impressed or phased by any of it.
The negative press that he’s received, according to him, including the doubters who loudly predicted he would have a tough time making 147 lbs. against the then undefeated Andre Berto, has led him to never get too low and concomitantly, not too high.
“I learned not to care about the good stuff, all that stuff, thanks to media. I’m not there to impress and at the end of the day, that’s what you (media) get.”
“Media wrote what they thought about the fight, blew it all up. Media is always negative,” Ortiz said as some on the conference call realized they were the ones getting pounded.
He didn’t stop there however. “I’m sorry, you don’t have a life. I ate six times a day, snacking on Snickers – my trainers don’t know that. Media is the media. What can you do.”
That was enough for the next media questioner to try and take the stink off the boxing press by telling Victor that it was Freddie Roach who may have begun the talk about Oritz hurting himself by trying to come down from 154 lbs. to 140.
After that attempt at regaining some pride in the profession, another writer asked whether Ortiz is planning to use his power, mixing it up against Floyd Mayweather the masterful boxer.
It was positioned as an assumption that Victor had to devise a different way to approach this fight as opposed to how he usually performs in the ring.
Victor flippantly answered, “Floyd who? Again, you put yourself in my shoes, saying what you think you’d do in my shoes.”
But the 24 year-old WBC Welterweight champ added, “His (Mayweather) career will end on September 17th. I’ll bring a cane for him to use.”
When asked if he had a prediction, as if “Floyd who?” wasn’t enough, Victor said “I’m not Muhammad Ali, you know. Come on now.”
A rare bit of restraint from Mr. Ortiz who decried Mayweather’s “running his mouth” while doing his best to do the same.
Mayweather vs. Ortiz will be televised live on HBO Pay Per View, from the MGM Grand, Garden Arena in Las Vegas.