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After slaying a couple of veterans, Mayweather's went with youth in his next fight. Victor Ortiz, a young, strong, skillful, powerful southpaw fighter was next in line.
Ortiz had the potential to be a nightmare opponent for Mayweather. With an often tricky southpaw stance, Ortiz was fresh off an impressive victory over Andre Berto. The Berto fight (a bout voted 2011 fight of the year by Ring.tv.com readers poll) earned Ortiz the WBC Welterweight title, bringing him confidence and swagger for his fight with Mayweather.
Mayweather wasted no time in this bout proving his technical superiority while utilizing his hand speed to frustrate Ortiz with an accurate right hand throughout. Ortiz, responding to his frustration at the ease with which Mayweather was landing rights on him, decided to use his head—literally.
In Round 4, Ortiz pinned Mayweather against the ropes and landed a couple of swift blows with his head. These resulted in a points deduction for Ortiz and were followed by a swift, and controversial, knockout victory for Mayweather.
If you consider taking on a young, strong and confident champion on the back of a great victory safe, then sure. If you consider taking on a powerful southpaw when that is rumoured to be your weakness, then definitely.
In Ortiz, Mayweather took on a young buck. Ortiz had demonstrated stoppage power, accurate punching and better-than-average hand speed on a number of occasions. Throughout the promotional tour and on fight night, he looked much broader and stronger than Mayweather.
There's also the suggested problems Mayweather has against southpaw fighters to consider. Ortiz, going into the fight, is not a safe option for Mayweather. Mayweather took on a young, hungry, strong champion and once more dominated the man across the ring.