With Sept.17th fast approaching and the showdown between boxing's biggest star against boxing's rising star drawing closer, the boxing world turns their attention to Victor Ortiz and Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Victor Ortiz looks to upset the P4P great and undefeated super defense wizard. A win over Mayweather would catapult him into stardom and surely ensure that he'll be one of the most sought after opponents in the welterweight division.
Nobody knows what the future holds for this young man though. What I do know is this, whether he wins or loses this fight against Mayweather, he'll be able to pick up another high profile fight after this against a quality and champion caliber opponent.
Actually, I think the only way he can pull himself out of those kind of fights is if he out right quits in an embarrassing performance. I don't think the Victor who quit against Maidana is the same Victor that'll be fighting Saturday night and I fully expect him to fight with everything he has.
With that being said, here is a look at 5 boxers that Ortiz could wind up fighting next.
Just to let everybody know, this choice is only applicable in the event that Victor Ortiz is able to prevail in his match against Mayweather and actually pull out a win.
Some of you may be wondering why he'd want to rematch Floyd if he beat him instead of moving onto Pacquiao.
Well, I can think of two reasons for this. The first reason would be the money involved and the second being he's contractually obligated to rematch Floyd again if he wins.
If Ortiz wins in a fight against Ortiz, it'll have to be through a hell of a performance, one that is definitely worth the price tag of a PPV because Mayweather comes to win every fight. People will be clamoring for a rematch and no doubt it'll be in high demand from not only boxing fans, but casual fans as well.
This is the perfect opportunity to make even more money for Ortiz and get a bigger payday compared to his first fight.
Also, like I said before, Victor is obligated to a rematch with Floyd in the event he wins. Floyd had him sign one in order to land a fight with him. Victor didn't really care though and signed whatever he needed to so he could fight.
(In the cases after Floyd, they're either if he loses or he wins in a rematch)
I think Ortiz has a pretty good chance of landing this fight regardless of winning or losing on Saturday against Mayweather.
Also, the chances of this fight actually being made are a lot higher than they were last year.
Now that the cold war between Golden Boy Promotions and Top Rank is over, there's a chance this could happen.
No doubt though that Pacquiao will face criticism for the whole "leftovers" issue that he's been facing for some time now.
Then again, I don't think he really cares. He's happy with what he has done and if the price is right with him, then he's game.
If Mayweather isn't his next opponent, then who is there for him to fight that'll bring in views?
Ortiz is a young brawler and people love watching Pacquiao use his flurries of punches and combinations on opponents. His last few opponents haven't been so good (Clottey and Margarito being punching bags and Mosley surviving). I think people will be down to watch Pacquiao bang it out with another young southpaw.
I could see Khan wanting to do this in the future after he jumps up to Welterweight. A nice little rematch between the two when they were in the amateurs.
You might ask yourself, why?
Well, personally I think that since Ortiz was the latest opponent to Mayweather, then Khan would want to fight him to use him as a measuring stick.
See how well he could stack up against the last person to face Mayweather and the be compared from there.
Just like Pacquiao and Mayweather, the two men have never fought but all people have to do to whet their appetites on who'd win in a fight between the two is compare them.
They go off both their performances against common opponents and hear how the opponents think were more skilled/better in their fights.
I could only see this happening though if Kell Brook loses his WBA title eliminator bout against Jackiewicz because Khan seems set on facing Brook in England.
A bout with Ortiz though would probably net him a considerably more amount of money, a recognizable name to add to his resume and it wouldn't be that hard to get Ortiz to go to England either. If Ortiz wants to fight, he'll sign whatever he needs to do it.
A rematch with Andre Berto would definitely be in the future for Ortiz. I mean, how could there not be one after such a great showing between the two fighters.
Also Berto didn't seem himself that night and vows to come back better than ever against Ortiz.
Their fight for Berto's belt is a fight of the year candidate with both fighters being dropped twice and Ortiz almost getting TKO'd in the 6th. Ortiz dug deep and pulled out a UD over the former undefeated champ.
Now, in the event of Ortiz losing to Floyd, I can see this as a likely fight taking place.
Ortiz would want another belt and if he can't get to Pacquiao or Senchenko, then Berto would be more than happy to let him have a shot at his IBF belt.
A rematch between the two would definitely yield a bigger audience than the 2,000 people that attended the fight in Foxwoods.
If this fight were to happen, it wouldn't be until after Berto disposes of Bailey (the mandatory who stepped down to let the Zavec fight happen).
In the even that Ortiz can't get a match with any of the men listed above, then I think he should have a rematch with Maidana at welterweight.
Why do I think these two should have a rematch?
Simply because many people still define Ortiz's career by the one loss he suffered against Maidana were the media crucified him for quitting and accused him of having no heart at all.
Ortiz was still a kid (22) when he fought and lost. He later said, "I don't deserve to get hit like this." in response to his quitting against Maidana and the legions of boxing fans and media ripping him apart.
Although he seemed like he was complaining and trying to get the heat off of him, he spoke his mind and say what so few boxers want too.
While I think Ortiz learned a lot from his first match with Maidana and has grown as a fighter and person, I think he should go back and show everyone that he's capable of beating the Argentinean.
Maidana wouldn't necessarily have to vacate his title and leave the division completely, but he could do what Dzinzurik did when he fought Sergio Martinez. By that I mean move up in weight to fight, but still have your belts to fall back on in case of a loss.