Whenever fight fans hear the word “boxing” in this rusty boxing era, they usually think of Floyd Mayweather Jr., Manny Pacquiao or terrible Judges.
However, there are several other lions and tigers that would like to hunt the main beast in the jungle.
Boxing is the only organized jungle with four corners. You never know what style a fighter may bring until that first bell rings. You don’t know if the fighter in the opposite corner will have the speed of a cheetah, strength of a tiger or just have incredible eagle vision and see everything crystal clear like bottled water.
On Sept. 17, current World Welterweight Champion Victor Ortiz (29-2-2, 22 KOs) will try to conquer the flashy, undefeated champion Floyd “Money” Mayweather (41-0, 25 KOs) at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Ortiz is highly motivated for this fight and ready to shock the world. However, not many boxing experts believe in Victor. It's quite shocking how several boxing experts are predicting a late-round stoppage for the battle.
This isn't old news to Victor, he is used to being criticized by the boxing media ever since the Maidana fight. It was the media that created this hungry monster, and criticizing Ortiz will only help him work harder, according to what the young "Vicious" Ortiz has stated in past conferences.
As we are getting closer to this interesting megafight, fans are starting to feel like Mayweather will add another easy victory to his undefeated record.
It's true that Mayweather is quick, smart, powerful and very talented, but it is also true that he is not an untested "Andre Berto."
But let me tell you this: Victor Ortiz is no old "Sugar" Shane Mosley nor a fat Juan Manuel Marquez. I'm not bashing on Juan Manuel Marquez, he's a great fighter, but we all know that Marquez does not belong in the welterweight division.
Although not many people are giving Ortiz a chance, there are several reasons why the young fighter could end up shocking the world Sept. 17th.
Several fight fans believe that Mayweather hasn't fought a fighter with incredible stamina like Victor Ortiz since May 5, 2007, when Mayweather defeated Oscar De La Hoya by split-decision at the MGM's squared-circle.
Victor Ortiz is a sharp fighter with great stamina that likes to brawl and please the crowd. He doesn't care if Mayweather is a defensive genius; he's going to get in that ring and try to pressure Mayweather through all twelve-rounds.
The last fighter that was able to pressure Floyd Mayweather for the first six rounds was England's Ricky Hatton. Hatton started the fight aggressively, and managed to pressure Mayweather good enough to confuse the judges on the scorecards during the early rounds.
However, we also witnessed that explosive knockout that Mayweather scored against the England hero.
That terrific knockout happened because of Hatton's poor movement. He was pressuring Mayweather pretty good, but he eventually forgot the fundamentals of boxing.
If Ortiz manages to put good pressure on Mayweather for at least eight rounds, the world could witness a close fight that may shock the fight fans. It won't be an easy goal for the young champion to achieve, but after the Berto fight, he learned that anything is possible in the ring.
Reason No. 2:
Victor Ortiz is a dangerous southpaw with incredible power.
We know that Ortiz has great power behind those leather gloves., but we are just not quite sure if Ortiz hits harder than the Shane Mosley that fought Mayweather on May 2nd. We all saw the powerful Shane Mosley hook that scared the fans for a few seconds.
If Ortiz can land several powerful hooks, like the one that knocked Berto down in the last few seconds of the sixth round, then he could perhaps hurt Mayweather as early as the fourth round.
Ortiz is one of the few fighters that likes to use the jab, and he gets low enough to land those powerful short hooks against his opponents.Mayweather likes to get low too, which may lead to a few headbutts in the early rounds.
Since Ortiz is an aggressive southpaw and will start the fight strong and hungry as he has stressed before, and If those headbutts do happen, they could change the entire fight.
Ortiz has been working on his jab. The jab will help Ortiz create distance to help set him up for good healthy, strong hooks.
Reason No. 3:
Floyd Mayweather hasn't been active for a while. We don't know what we are going to see behind that big name yet.
We may see a rusty Floyd Mayweather or the Mayweather that all experts are expecting to dominate. Mayweather stated that he was a little rusty when he fought the legendary Mexican-warrior Juan Manuel Marquez.
If Mayweather fails to be at his best Saturday night, it will make the fight harder for him. The chances of him being rusty are very low. But like they say, all good things must come to an end.
The world of boxing just doesn't know when. It could be this fight. Who knows if Mayweather will be able to handle Ortiz's southpaw style. Being rusty won't help at all, it will just lead to more excitement—making the dangerous Mayweather with explosive knockout power come out of that defensive shell.
Although I'm giving Ortiz a great chance of giving Mayweather his first draw, he will have to have great head-movement, footwork and timing. He will have to rely on his stamina to keep up with the defensive genius with an old-school stamina.
Mayweather tends to grab fighters to get them tired and wear them out as the number of rounds keep increasing.
Not only does Mayweather get his opponents tired by locking his arms against them, he also likes to punish the body with his powerful short-body punches, while locking in on his opponent. If Ortiz uses the jab to stay away from the body punches, his stamina should be good enough to give Mayweather a terrific fight.
This is the type of fight that the fight fans have been asking for. This will be another major test for the young "Vicious" Ortiz and just another quiz for the undefeated Floyd "Money" Mayweather.
Will Victor be able to pull off the victory Saturday night?
Based on styles, I have Ortiz scoring at least one knockdown against Mayweather. If Ortiz fights smart and attacks Mayweather like a possessed warrior, he could possibly give Mayweather his first draw.
I may be right or wrong, but we will just have to remain calm and wait for these two magnificent fighters to step in the ring Saturday night.
There is no doubt that September 17 will be a bloody night full of energy and excitement.
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