De La Hoya: I’m giving Ortiz the formula to beat Mayweather
By Eric Thomas: Promoter Oscar De La Hoya claims to possess the formula to beat undefeated Floyd Mayweather Jr and will be passing that knowledge on to Golden Boy Promotions fighter WBC welterweight champion Victor Ortiz (29-2-2, 22 KO’s) for his September 17th fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr (41-0, 25 KO’s) in their mega fight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
De La Hoya previously fought Mayweather in May 2007, losing by a 12 round split decision in a fight where Mayweather appeared to carry an aging 35-year-old De La Hoya for the full 12 rounds. Mayweather took it easy on De La Hoya for the first six rounds and then turned on the gas to effortlessly pull away in the second part of the fight.
De La Hoya said this on his twitter account: “Me and [Jose Luis] Castillo have been the closest in beating Mayweather. Believe me, I have the formula which I’m going to pass on to Victor.”
That sounds like a pipe dream on De La Hoya’s part. The only formula he has is one in which he’ll tell Ortiz to stick to his jab and try and box Mayweather for the full 12 rounds. De La Hoya was finding success in the first six rounds against Mayweather when he was throwing a lot of jabs. In the second half of the fight, De La Hoya switched offer to trying to slug with Mayweather and ended up getting out-boxed. De La Hoya has repeatedly said in the years following the Mayweather loss that he wishes he had continued using his jab instead of trying to punch.
Ortiz doesn’t have the boxing skills that De La Hoya possessed, so even if he does try and ape De La Hoya he’s not going to find the same kind of success. Ortiz is a slugger first and foremost and he looks stiff and awkward when he attempts to box.