Mayweather vs. Ortiz Results: Five Possible Next Opponents for Ortiz
As we all know by now, on Saturday night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Victor Ortiz was the victim of a sucker-punch, a confused referee, and most of all, his own ineptitude in staying focused and properly defending himself.
The opportunistic Floyd Mayweather saw the referee motion for the fight to continue, and saw an opponent, a man who had just head-butted him "viciously" in the chin, still trying to offer a third apology with his hands down.
The sucker-punch was an unsporting move that nonetheless resulted in a Mayweather knockout victory. Ortiz never really got going in the fight. In fact, just when it appeared he was having his greatest success, he launched the notorious head-butt that started the whole fiasco.
So where does young Ortiz go from here?
5) MAYWEATHER-ORTIZ II
Of course Ortiz and his team want a rematch, and because of the sheer unpredictability of Mayweather, it's impossible to guess whether or not it will happen.
Mayweather offered a rematch in the ring, but it wouldn't be the first time an in-ring rematch offer turned out to be hollow. There's no denying that because of the controversial nature of the fight, it would be honorable for Mayweather to grant Ortiz another shot.
The problem is, no one but the staunchest of Ortiz supporters is really clamoring for that fight. It's not a knock on Ortiz, but in this late stage of Mayweather's career, we really only want to see him fight the best available opposition.
Mayweather against Pacquiao is a no-brainer.
The only other acceptable fight for Mayweather in my eyes would be a challenge to Sergio Martinez and his undisputed middleweight crown. If he were to fight Martinez, any honest critic would have to concede he would be taking on an incredibly dangerous opponent, and it would strengthen his case that he's not ducking Pacquiao.
However, the chances of that actually happening are about the same as Ortiz getting his rematch: not good.
On the other hand, for all you conspiracy theorists, there was almost no conceivable way that Ortiz could lose this fight and Mayweather justifiably give him a rematch. The script was supposed to be this: Mayweather beats Ortiz and there's no reason for him not to fight Pacquiao.
Somehow, the impossible happened. Mayweather got the win, but in many people's eyes, more-so the average fan than the boxing experts, it was tainted. He can give Ortiz a rematch under the guise of honor, and thus delay his vastly more anticipated meeting with Pacquiao once again.
I don't actually believe that. I'm just throwing fuel to the fire. I've got three guesses as to what Mayweather does next:
1) All rhetoric aside, somehow the super fight gets made and happens next spring.
2) The Pacquiao fight doesn't happen, for whatever reason, and Mayweather takes a year layoff and actually does fight Amir Khan next fall, a fight I would heavily criticize and give Khan no better chance than Ortiz had. Not saying Khan doesn't have the talent to be great but beat a couple people at welterweight before fighting the best guy in the division.
3) Mayweather takes another sixteen-month layoff and emerges in the spring of 2013 to fight the still-undefeated and even more popular than he is now Saul "Canelo" Alvarez.
I would be shocked if Mayweather-Ortiz II ever happens.
4) ORTIZ-MAIDANA II
Marcos Maidana and Floyd Mayweather don't have much in common, but they are the only two men to have legitimately defeated Ortiz (Ortiz ironically disqualified himself early in his career for hitting an opponent who was down).
Maidana's stock has only risen since he beat Ortiz, recently participating in great action fights with the likes of Amir Khan and Erik Morales. Maidana and Morales have already discussed their own rematch for sometime next year, but Ortiz also has a claim for revenge on Maidana.
The first fight was a terrific bloodbath with five knockdowns. They both fight under the Golden Boy promotional banner, so it's an easy fight to make. It's a score that should be important for Ortiz to settle, especially since he may never get a second chance at Mayweather.
To rebound from his latest gut-wrenching defeat, I suggest going back to the man who handed him his last one. Vanquish the demons of the Maidana fight once and for all, and Ortiz would be back on the right path to boxing glory.
Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez is a budding superstar in the sport, particularly in his home country of Mexico where he's already built a sizable, rabid fan-base.
It's highly doubtful that Alvarez will fight Ortiz in his next fight or anytime soon, but it's not a terrible idea, when you think about it. Ortiz, even though he moved up in weight, is a big welterweight. He came in the ring weighing 164 pounds.
Alvarez, a junior-middleweight, came in against Gomez at 168. The size is not a huge issue. They both got some exposure on a huge pay-per-view card, although in the case of Ortiz, I'm not sure that's a good thing.
But the styles and the stories might make for a compelling fight.
Ortiz is aggressive, Canelo more patient. Ortiz once again desperately seeks redemption, which brought out his best against Berto. Canelo seeks to launch into the stratosphere of mega-fights with the Mayweathers and Pacquiaos of the world. Ortiz has been there. What better way to show you're on that level than by beating a common opponent?
Amir Khan, the top-ranked junior-welterweight in the world, is set to move up to the welterweight ranks next year, with his eye on a potential mega-fight with Floyd Mayweather. Ortiz will surely not be Khan's next opponent.
Khan is fighting Lamont Peterson on December 10th, and beyond that has discussed a possible clash with Kell Brook as his first foray into the 147-pound division. But as for whether Khan might be Ortiz' next opponent, I suggest it could be possible.
Ortiz will be taking some time off; that's a given. He was knocked out cold, and sported a massive shiner on his right eye. He also just got paid a career-high $2.5 million dollars for the Mayweather fight. While he nurses his wounds and enjoys his rewards, he may be out of the ring until next spring.
So let's say Khan gets past Peterson, goes to 147 and hands Brook his first defeat. He's all fired up to fight "Money" Mayweather, except Mayweather's not going to fight him.
Maybe Mayweather will actually do what we want and fight Pacquiao. Maybe he's doing what he wants and enjoying his life, and with the money he has, who can blame him? The point is, if Khan is banking on the Mayweather fight next fall, he might be in for a rude awakening.
Mayweather operates on his own schedule. He fights who he wants to fight, when he wants to fight. So Khan's left without a dance partner.
Ahem...are there any other entertaining, young welterweights under the Golden Boy banner who at one point may have even had an amateur rivalry brewing with the prodigious Khan? Why yes, there is: Victor Ortiz.
And say what you will about Ortiz, he's still the top-ranked welterweight in the world behind Mayweather and Pacquiao. He's a young, action fighter with plenty of exposure. If Ortiz does take a substantial layoff, in the ballpark of a year, he might come back to find Khan a perfect and lucrative opponent in the division.
1) ORTIZ-BERTO II
The best possible way for Ortiz to shake off what happened against Mayweather is to jump right back into the fire against a top-notch opponent.
The man should take his time and heal his wounds, both mental and physical, but when Ortiz is ready, his best possible fight is a rematch with Andre Berto.
On April 16, the two men engaged in one of the best fights of the year, a classic back-and-forth in which both men were knocked down twice. Ortiz was the clear winner, but it was a rugged battle to the end.
Berto rebounded from the loss with a TKO of Jan Zaveck, a solid European fighter ranked in the top five in the division. Berto, like any fighter, wants to avenge the one loss of his career. Ortiz likely wants to regroup from the Mayweather debacle and prove that April 16 was not a fluke or the result of a "Berto off-night".
The two men remain the top-ranked fighters at 147 pounds behind the superstars Mayweather and Pacquiao. If Ortiz can beat Berto again, he will stay at the top of the second-tier heap. If Berto can avenge his defeat and it's anything like the first fight, maybe we have the seedlings of another great trilogy.
Either way, a second fight offers plenty of intrigue. If I was advising Ortiz, I'd say "go for the Mayweather rematch. It's the best money and the biggest opportunity." But as an objective observer, the real rematch we should be rooting for is against Berto.
For once, Floyd not taking a fight would be the best thing for boxing fans.
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