Ortiz vs. Berto: Victor Ortiz Has Nothing to Gain in Meaningless Rematch

Wes ODonnellFeatured ColumnistFebruary 10, 2012

LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 18:  (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE)  Boxer Victor Ortiz appears at a post-fight party at Studio 54 inside the MGM Grand Hotel/Casino early on September 18, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Ortiz lost the WBC welterweight title to Floyd Mayweather Jr. by fourth-round knockout on September 17.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images for Studio 54)
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The last time Victor Ortiz was in the ring he got sucker punched by Floyd Mayweather Jr.

The match was a great opportunity for Ortiz to elevate his star in boxing, but it was cut short and we've yet to see him step into the ring since.

The 25-year-old was scheduled for a rematch with Andre Berto on Feb. 11. That has now been moved back to due to injury.

The rematch will now take play place on June 30 in Las Vegas.

What Ortiz expects to accomplish in this fight is beyond me.

He already beat Berto and took his WBC welterweight title before losing his fight with Mayweather.

Berto has since won the IBF welterweight title, but vacated it and now comes into this showdown with naught but revenge on his mind.

The only blemish on the 28-year-old's career record came at the hands of Ortiz, and this is a great opportunity for him to fix that.

But Ortiz has virtually nothing to gain from beating a fighter he's already beaten. The first bout was very good, but Ortiz has the potential to fight with the likes of Mayweather, Manny Pacquiao and Miguel Cotto.

The loss to Mayweather was a freak incident—Ortiz was going to be in that fight to the end and could have easily contended for the win.

Ortiz is taking a step back by fighting Berto again, and he has nothing to gain from it.