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Oct 17th
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victor-ortiz46So, Floyd Mayweather is taking on Victor Ortiz.  I, for one, am actually glad this fight is taking place.  While I think Mayweather-Martinez would have been more historic, and pushed Mayweather past Pacquiao in the respect category, this fight still does make sense.  For those of you saying that Ortiz is getting this shot as much for his deficiencies, as he is for his strengths, I would say there is some truth to that.  However, a look at fighter’s records is a bit misleading here.

Certainly there is no comparison in the experience category.  This is Ortiz’s first recognizable belt.  Mayweather has won them in 5 weight divisions.  For those looking at unbeaten records, however, things are not as they seem.  A further analysis is necessary.  Mayweather is legitimately unbeaten, but his fights with Castillo and De La Hoya were certainly close, and perhaps may have gone the other way.  Ortiz, on the other hand, has not had the best luck.

Disqualified in his first loss, for a shady ‘Evander Holyfield in the 1984 Olympics’ style technicality, he lost his unbeaten record young.  His first draw was also in the first round, and of the technical variety.  Most people had him winning the Peterson draw, and he was ahead on all cards, having scored 3 knockdowns, when eye injuries forced him out of his fight with Maidana.  Everyone was so distracted by his unfighter-like comments after the Maidana loss, that we forgot what had transpired prior.

Nobody has ever really gotten the best of Victor Ortiz.  He has shown superiority in some way, shape, or form, in every fight.  This is true, despite the 2 losses and 2 draws.  He is in a more comfortable weight class now, and his fight with Berto clearly showed any heart deficiencies have been corrected.  Floyd is also a man in his thirties, trying to come back from a long layoff.  One gets away with that less and less the older one gets.

Don’t get me wrong, I will likely still be picking Mayweather, as he is in a talent class all his own.  However, I am unwilling to call it a mismatch.  Don’t be surprised if this fight is much tougher for Floyd than Marquez will be for Pacquiao.  And barring Martinez being completely unable to land a meaningful fight, and Timothy Bradley unexpectedly cleaning out the 140lb division, there will be no one left for either man.  The excuses will have completely run out.

Chris Strait

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