The talk surrounding the upcoming bout between Floyd Mayweather, Jr. and Victor Ortiz is that there's no way that the living legend Mayweather will drop this fight to who is considered an "inferior" opponent.
The lack of any real buzz around this fight backs up that feeling. Few seem to feel that a huge upset is headed our way.
Let's not count Ortiz out, though.
There's a reason that Ortiz is in this fight. Yes, sometimes it's more about money than putting on a good fight, but if it's not a good fight, the money will stop coming in. If the promoters didn't feel that Ortiz could compete, they wouldn't have put him in the ring.
Let's face the facts with Mayweather. He's now 34 years of age, and that's a little old. We've seen plenty of boxers have success when they were older than Mayweather is now, but few have been able to box at their highest level past that age.
He also hasn't fought in 16 months. That's a long time to sit out. I'm sure that Mayweather has been working hard in the gym this entire time, but working in the gym and stepping into the ring against a champion are two completely different things.
With his age and rust more of a concern, Mayweather is bound to have a let-down fight. Why can't it be this bout against Ortiz?
It's also not as if Ortiz is chopped liver. Ortiz is 29-2, and he is currently the WBC welterweight champion.
Mayweather prides himself on being fitter than any opponent he steps into the ring with, but the 24-year-old Ortiz will push him in this department.
It only takes one perfectly placed punch to end a bout, and Ortiz has the power to land that type of punch. He has knocked down his opponent in every one of his 29 victories and 22 of those wins have come via knockout. Even the greatest of fighters will go down if he gets clocked in the right spot.
Ortiz will have to fight the match of his life if he wants to win and he probably knows that. There's just no reason to believe that he can't have that match against Mayweather.
Mayweather can't afford to look past Ortiz to whatever is around the corner. If he does, Ortiz will gladly take the bout right out from under his nose. If you're a boxing fan and you haven't made plans to watch this fight, change your plans. I have a feeling we will see something spectacular.
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