Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Ortiz: Why a Mayweather Loss Will Destroy Boxing

Justin Welton@JustinWeltonAnalyst IISeptember 17, 2011

LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 16:  (L-R) Comedian/actor Kevin Hart and CEO of Mayweather Promotions Leonard Ellerbe look on as boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. grabs the neck of boxer Victor Ortiz during the weigh-in for their WBC welterweight title fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena September 16, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mayweather will challenge Ortiz for the title on September 17, 2011 in Las Vegas.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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In a dying sport, boxing needs Manny Pacquiao vs. Floyd “Money” Mayweather. An average fan of boxing doesn’t care if Victor Ortiz faces Pacquiao. We want Mayweather vs. Pacquiao.

I can say this because I am just an average fan of the sport. The sport hasn’t caught my eye in a long time, but if Mayweather and Pacquiao do meet up in the future, I may actually get the fight on pay-per-view.

However, if Ortiz defeats Mayweather on Saturday night, will boxing be better or worse?

Worse.

I want to see the two best fighters of my generation go head-to-head. I don’t want to see Ortiz—who could become the best fighter of my generation, but isn’t now—face Pacquiao in the future.

If Mayweather does lose, I don’t want to see him vs. Pacquiao either because I already know who the best fighter is—Pacquiao.

It may be just me, but I don’t want to see Ortiz against Pacquiao in the future. Maybe the boxing folks want to see that match, but as of right now, I do not want to see it if Mayweather isn’t involved.

We have been waiting too long to see the two go head-to-head. Will it ever happen? Maybe not, but I want that option to still be available down the line.

As for tonight: I got Mayweather in a unanimous decision. I don’t see him knocking Ortiz out, but I do see him wearing his opponent down for the victory.

In fact, if either of them is going to knock out the other I would go with Ortiz. He has the power in his punches to do just that, and Mayweather hasn’t been in the ring for a long time. Maybe he could catch him with a hook and put Mayweather out of his misery.

I don’t see it happening though.

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