Floyd Mayweather vs. Victor Ortiz: Why Pretty Boy Floyd Is the Clear Favorite

Joseph Carlo HerreraContributor IIISeptember 11, 2011

Floyd Mayweather vs. Victor Ortiz: Why Pretty Boy Floyd Is the Clear Favorite

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    Floyd Mayweather has never had problems about being ever so vocal about his achievements, and rightfully so.

    He has claimed that no other athlete works harder than him and that he is without a doubt the face of boxing.

    Many would agree that the young champion Victor Ortiz, though the one defending, is in fact the underdog in this competition, as would be any other fighter a star like Mayweather should face.

    But this time, the physical advantages are all up against Mayweather and one would have to wonder as to why, of all people, he chose to go against a beast like Victor Ortiz, almost a decade younger than him and more than evidently larger than him, after more than a year on vacation from the sport.

    With athleticism, age and a young contender trying to catch up to him, things don't look the same as they once did for Mayweather. However, with his coined confidence and tremendous belief, he doesn't believe that any of those things would make a difference in his 42nd fight.

    In the following slides we will see as to why, playing along in concordance to the "Starpower" theme, boxing's biggest star still is the favorite to outshine boxing's newest star in the galaxy of the sport.

He's Cool, Calm and Collected

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    In a series of promotional press tours leading up to their September 17 bout, Floyd Mayweather and Victor Ortiz were able to meet each other word for word on the media's stage, where success is defined by promises, guarantees, predictions and trash talk.

    If there's one thing notable about any fight promotion involving Mayweather, it's that you're not going to go home bored and that entertainment will always be on the upper echelon of the scale.

    Mayweather has been the frequent author of crowd capturing quotes since his rise to superstardom and many place him and his mouth alongside the likes of Mike Tyson and Muhammad Ali.

    From his repeated reassurances of his perfect 41-0 record to his flaunting of designer clothes and pockets full of cash, Mayweather is the powerhouse example of what it's like to be young, confident and successful.

    In previous press clashes with fighters like Oscar De La Hoya, Ricky Hatton and Shane Mosley, Mayweather was seen as the aggressor, constantly downplaying his opponent and getting inside their heads.

    This time around however, Mayweather has taken a less aggressive approach and has allowed Ortiz to become the mouthy one. Though Mayweather does engage in his traditional slights, it isn't as evident and he looks more confident than ever brushing and laughing off Ortiz's taunts and advances.

    With a calmer and cooler than ever demeanor, it's as if Floyd is telling us that come fight night, this will be another fight he can add to his more than impressive resume.

He's Been There Before

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    Victor Ortiz may be the current world champion after having decisively defeated Andre Berto last April, but Berto is a way different story than Floyd Mayweather.

    Both Berto and Ortiz combined for a total of eight world championship bouts when they met, with Berto taking claim to seven of them.

    Ortiz now entering only his second championship level bout and his first title defense has a lot of ground to make up if he ever wants to get to where Mayweather stands.

    Of Mayweather's 41 triumphant fights, 21 of them were world championship bouts.

    From his early eradications of several top featherweights and lightweights such as Diego Corrales, Jose Luis Castillo and Arturo Gatti up to his memorable decimation of welterweight champions like Oscar De La Hoya and Ricky Hatton, Mayweather has not once showed any signs of cracking under pressure.

    Gifted with profound gab and limitless self-confidence, Mayweather embraces the spotlight, and attention is nothing new. A pay-per-view extravaganza is just as much second nature to him as going to the bathroom is for us.

    Though there are many factors that stand to determine a competition, but it's as true in boxing as it is in any sport that experience is a big one.

With a Win, He'll Get His Stripes Back

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    Floyd Mayweather has never been one to care much about what other people think. He's one of the few people in this world that stick to their own lane of life no matter how much criticism he is going to get for it.

    This explains why he operates on his own schedule, promotes his own fights and speaks for himself.

    After his shut out of Shane Mosley in 2010, Mayweather took another long layoff from the sport of boxing and attended to his personal business of doing whatever he saw fit.

    But being a top pound-for-pound contender, what has become his customary after-fight vacation cost him his spot in those updated and constantly maintained rankings. After passing the year mark of inactivity, Mayweather was stripped of his pound-for-pound relevance by The Ring, Sports Illustrated, ESPN and other sources while Victor Ortiz moved up to his spot and closed the gap between himself and current pound-for-pound king, Manny Pacquiao.

    Though Mayweather has stated before that rankings aren't important to him, it is always added motivation knowing that a win over Ortiz will reclaim all of those accolades and acknowledgements.

There Is No Surefire Way to Beat Him

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    Forty-one have tried, forty one have failed. Another one of the undeniable facts that Floyd Mayweather has banked many a boast upon.

    We've seen all kinds of top fighters try techniques of all sorts against Mayweather and his signature dominant defense and each time we've seen those experiments come up short.

    From brawlers like Ricky Hatton to slick counter-punchers like Juan Manuel Marquez, Mayweather has proven himself superior and stumped them all. 

    The closest to what might be considered "effective" against Mayweather was his two-time opponent, Jose Luis Castillo.

    Castillo capitalized on dominating the center of the ring, making Mayweather spend a lot more time and energy on his motions around the ring. Most of Mayweather's opponents buy into chasing him on the backpedal, thus not putting themselves in position to take any advantage endurance-wise.

    Furthermore,Castillo found angles that worked around the weaknesses of Mayweather's shoulder-roll defense, earning him points on the board.

    Yes, these can be taken as guidelines and clues to figuring out exactly how to beat the unbeatable, but we must also consider that after his two straight victories over Castillo, Mayweather went on to crush 12 more of the best fighters the sport had to offer.

    They can use the Castillo fight as reference, but at the end of the day, Mayweather still won both bouts.

    Though Victor Ortiz will have an opportunity to change all that, it holds true that until such time, Mayweather and the cure for the common cold will stand side by side as two things left unsolved.

He Has Everything to Lose

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    It's been a recurring theme of HBO's 24/7 in this installment that Victor Ortiz is a young, hungry champion with nothing to lose. He started from the bottom of the food chain, engulfed by poverty and hardships and now he is on top, with nothing he could possibly face that he hasn't faced in his miserable life once before.

    On the other side of the ring, however, comes an uncompromisingly stellar superstar that has everything he could possibly want and more. And whose only motivation is putting the finishing touches on the laurels of his legacy.

    Floyd Mayweather has done and achieved things almost every professional athlete could only dream of and he could actually retire right now and be worthy of the Hall of Fame.

    Anything Mayweather has done or will do since his return from retirement can and could have only improved the status of his legacy.

    For a loss to occur in Mayweather's so far infallible record would be devastating and would likely force him into retirement and cut short any of his plans to continue on fighting.

    Anyone who has built that big of an empire defined by success will not stand by and watch it burn without putting up the fight of his life. So come his duel with Ortiz, look for Floyd Mayweather to pull out his amazing array of defensive and offensive prowess.

Ortiz Can Get Careless

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    Young, hungry, aggressive and ready to come out swinging. That is the best description the average boxing fan could give about the lion-like aura of Victor Ortiz.

    It was Ortiz's qualities listed above that brought him back from that tough loss he took at the hands of Marcos Maidana in 2009.

    Ever since he was branded as a fighter with no heart due to his quitting against Maidana, Ortiz has rallied back with convincing wins over Antonio DIaz, Hector Alatorre, Nate Campbell, Vivian Harris and Andre Berto. He showed the world just how much heart he had when he kept getting up and exchanged knockdowns with Berto en route to his taking the world championship.

    It is all very compelling and exciting to see that despite being knocked down a couple of times and leaving himself open, Ortiz somehow manages to come back and have his heart and will power win the fight for him.

    There is, however, one problem if he intends to use the same aggressive tactics against Floyd Mayweather: Mayweather monopolizes on opponent errors.

    Ortiz may have all the ability to recover from hard hits and haymakers, but not all fights end in knockouts. With a technical, counter-punching wizard like Mayweather going up against him, he might want to close up those defensive leaks a little bit.

    Mayweather knows how to make his opponent work for him; he finds mistakes and openings and builds the foundation of his game on them.

    He may not be the hardest hitter out there, but he is one of the smartest hitters. With Mayweather, the equation is simple: more mistakes, more pain.

There Are Blueprints to Beating Ortiz

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    At only 24, Victor Ortiz's career has every opportunity to rise towards great heights, win or lose. His record of 22 wins, two defeats and two draws can be considered well over satisfactory considering that the two losses he took weren't exactly all too terrible.

    Ortiz's first loss came in his eighth professional fight against Corey Alarcon, when he was disqualified in the first of six rounds. His second loss as already mentioned, was his throwing the towel in on himself against Marcos Maidana in 2009.

    Though these reasons for defeat could considerably be called technicalities, they still are what they are: losses.

    Mayweather will have the luxury of watching Ortiz's game tapes over and over while training to apply his skills to each of Ortiz's weaknesses. He will have painted a picture for himself of what to expect from Ortiz, the likelihood of any events and tendencies his opponent may contribute to his game.

    Ortiz on the other hand, will only have that tape of the Maidana fight relevant to the challenge ahead, with a clip of Mayweather smiling, holding his hands up in victory after a unanimous decision went his way.

    Mayweather may not have an exact answer key to the Ortiz test, but he sure has one heck of a reviewer.

Setting the Stage for Manny Pacquiao

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    Floyd Mayweather knows that something bigger is at stake.

    He made it very clear from the moment this fight's press tour started that after he was done putting away Victor Ortiz, Manny Pacquiao would be his next target.

    His proclamation of "Manny Pacquiao, yes, you're next" made headlines aplenty and video of which went absolutely viral.

    The biggest fight in boxing, though long overdue, still stands to be the biggest payday in the careers of both involved boxers and may finally take place next year if both Mayweather and Pacquiao are able to break past two final roadblocks in Victor Ortiz and Juan Manuel Marquez.

    A loss for either Mayweather or Pacquiao would serve as a severe blow to the chances of this fight ever happening, but if the stars somehow align come the two events and both fighters come out unscathed, we may very well be on our way to seeing the spectacle we have all been waiting for.

    Heed that neither Ortiz nor Marquez are fighters to be taken lightly, but at the end of the day, there is only one super fight that has taken the world by a stranglehold and that is Mayweather versus Pacquiao.

    Floyd Mayweather, the businessman and legacy concerned athlete that he is, knows that.

He Doesn't Want That 0 to Go

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    What is the phrase "the undefeated Floyd Mayweather" without the undefeated?

    Floyd Mayweather is a man of many characters as he had said himself on the award-winning television series, HBO 24/7. He shows us his notoriously entertaining Money persona, his big champion boxer image and as well as glimpses of him as a normal, caring human being.

    It is as if you can't help but listen whenever Mayweather delivers one of his monologues because of the confidence and command that he exudes with every word.

    His confidence, like anyone else's, is a result of the things he has done and experienced in the past. From a boy who lost his father at the age of 16, he has grown to be one of the richest athletes in the world and an undefeated one at that.

    I don't know about you, but if I had an undefeated 41-0 record, I'd feel obliged to be pretty darn cocky as well. That record, however, didn't come as a mere gift nor was it an overnight achievement. Mayweather worked countless hours, day in and day out, just as we've seen him call for training sessions at 3 in the morning on HBO to maintain and innovate that record.

    That's a lot of hard work to put into one set of numbers, so once he meets Victor Ortiz in that square circle, don't expect him to let some ambitious young kid come in a steal the show.

    Floyd Mayweather isn't done just yet.

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