As he is known to do, Floyd Mayweather, Jr. has been doing a lot of talking ahead of his bout against Victor Ortiz Saturday night.
Pretty Boy Floyd has spent much of his time denying that the 16-month layoff will affect him, denying that his age will be a factor and denying that Ortiz will be much of a challenge for him.
Mayweather is nothing if not confident in his abilities. In a story by Lance Pugmire of the LA Times, the following Mayweather quote about his opponent was passed along:
"It's different on this level," Mayweather said. "He's used to ballrooms. I'm used to fighting in front of 17,000."
If that's not dismissing your opponent's chances of rising to the occasion, I'm not sure what is.
In the same story, Mayweather had this to say about his advanced age:
"People say boxers aren't the same after 30, [but] that doesn't apply to me," said Mayweather, whose unbeaten record as a pro spans 15 years, since he won an Olympic bronze medal at the 1996 Games in Atlanta. "I'm always in tip-top shape. And once you've been at this level for so long, you're never nervous. Come Saturday, it'll be the same Mayweather as always."
To be fair, Ortiz has done some talking of his own. In a story for the Boston Herald by Ron Borges, he had this to say about the intimidation factor when taking on a fighter like Mayweather:
"He does not terrify me," Ortiz claims. "This guy, for whatever reason, has brought fear to each of his previous rivals. I don’t know how he did it, but this time he’s barking up the wrong tree."
Come Saturday night, it will be Ortiz that will back up his talk. Mayweather's long layoff will be a factor and the big-punching Ortiz will take advantage.
Ortiz is right when he says that Mayweather has barked up the wrong tree. Mayweather has intimidated opponents in the past with his trash talk and previous results. Ortiz clearly isn't frightened in the least.
Boxing fans should pay close attention Saturday night. We might be seeing the end of an era in boxing.