Floyd Mayweather Jr. (41-0 25 KO) makes his return to the ring on Sept. 17 against "Vicious" Victor Ortiz (29-2-2 22KO).
The fight is being called Star Power, and with good reason.
Mayweather is a huge star in the boxing world and whether you hate him or love him, you have to admit that he's one of the most well known figures in the game today.
Ortiz is a rising star who instantly gained favor with the boxing crowd after proving he has heart and winning the WBC Welterweight belt.
Here are five reasons why Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Ortiz will outsell Manny Pacquiao vs. Marquez III in Pay Per View sales.
As of right now, the undercard for the Mayweather looks fantastic and will help sell the fight on Mexican Independence weekend.
According to Badlefthook.com, Erik Morales (51-7 35 KO) will be on the undercard facing Anthony Crolla (21-2 9 KO).
Erik Morales recently revived his career in a new weight class by barely losing to hard-hitting Marcos Maidana. Now that Morales is back in the spotlight, his name on the undercard will only help Star Power sell more.
There is also a rumor of Saul "Canelo" Alvarez (37-0-1 27 KO) being on the undercard, but being a split card where Alvarez will be fighting at Staples Center instead of MGM Grand. Saul is incredibly popular in Mexico and is sure to bring his fanbase to buy the fight.
A rising Mexican Star and a Mexican legend on the undercard of Floyd Mayweather Jr. can do nothing but help increase the sales of the Pay Per View event.
As of right now, Pacquiao's undercard consists of Luis Cruz (18-0 14 KO).
Luis is an undefeated prospect and the one of the most popular fighters from Puerto Rico aside from Miguel Cotto and Juan Manuel Lopez.
While Pacquiao's is good, Mayweather's is better.
The fight is going to be held on Saturday, Sept. 17, and that just happens to fall the weekend of Mexican Independence day which happens to be Sept. 16.
As you all may or may not know, this was around the same time that Mayweather Jr. fought Juan Manuel Marquez, which was from the start an obvious mismatch in Mayweather's favor.
It's unknown how much he weighed on the actual night of the fight, but he came in two pounds over, so Marquez was at an even bigger weight advantage.
That didn't matter to the people who bought the fight, as he sold a little over one million Pay Per View buys in his obvious lopsided victory over the Mexican lightweight king.
Victor Ortiz is a young Mexican American who is already gaining more support since his victory over Berto and his announcement to take on Floyd Mayweather Jr.
If his manager's speech about him fighting for the Mexican people didn't pump up the Mexican fan base, I don't know what will.
Floyd Mayweather haters have to admit, even if they don't like the man he's an incredibly talented boxer who shows that knowledge can overcome power in the squared circle.
As of lately his fights are like Christmas, except they come once every two years.
When he returns, people want to see him fight. They want to see him win and they want to see him lose. They want to see him school his opponent and they want to see him get hurt.
He hasn't sold over six million Pay Per Views for doing nothing.
When he returns on Sept. 17, people will want to see if he is still the same fighter who schooled his opposition in the ring. To see if he still maintained his reflexes, speed and defensive skills.
People also want to see him get hurt and hopefully lose.
Hate him or love him, people want to see him simply because of who he is.
His opponent is a young twenty-four year old champion who claims that he has waited for this opportunity to fight Mayweather since he was 9 years old.
He's fast, strong and hungry to take on the best possible opposition out there.
Since his loss to Marco Maidana in 2009, Ortiz has been out to prove to everyone that he had heart. He did so by defeating Andre Berto earlier this year.
Unlike Mayweather's last 2 opponents, Ortiz will go in for the kill when he sees it.Ortiz will know when he has you hurt and will go in for the kill in a relentless fashion.
Ortiz is going to have a lot to prove on the 17th. He's being looked at as just another block in a potential Pacquiao-Mayweather showdown and is being pushed aside by somebody who isn't even fighting Floyd. This is also the biggest fight of his life and he needs to go out there and show everybody he's ready for the big league.
Manny Pacquiao on the other hand is facing long time rival Juan Manuel Marquez who he beat once and holds a draw with in two very close and controversial fights.
While the history between the two and a trilogy looks on paper, things have changed. Manny Pacquiao is now two weight classes above Marquez and has gotten faster and stronger since the last time they fought. Also, Marquez has shown he is not to comfortable in the Welterweight division.
As of right now, the odds are heavily in Pacquiao's favor in defeating his opponent come November 12th.
Out of everybody who he could possibly face in the Welterweight division not named Manny Pacquiao, it is widely believed that Victor Ortiz has the ability to not only beat Floyd Mayweather Jr, but knock him out as well.
Ortiz is a hard hitter with twenty two knockouts on his record. Not only that, but all of his opponents have tasted the canvas in his 33 professional fights.
Floyd also showed that he has had trouble fighting southpaw fighters in the past and Victor Ortiz is a strong, young southpaw.
Mayweather is returning to the ring after nearly two years since his last fight. Mayweather is also thirty-four years old and he isn't getting any younger. We don't know if he has slowed down, if his reflexes are still sharp or if he still has the ability to make his opponent miss.
Also, add in Mayweather's legal troubles to play into being a distraction in his training.
Mix this all together and you may have the biggest upset of the year, exceeding Nobuhiro Ishida's humiliation of James Kirkland.