Ortiz confident that he will defeat Mayweather
By John F. McKenna (McJack): When preparing for an upcoming boxing match every fighter goes through the motions of appearing confident. In all my years of following “The Sweet Science” I have never heard a fighter say he thought he was going to lose. Having confidence in ones ability as a fighter is therefore an extremely important part of his overall makeup.
All reports coming out of the training camp of World Boxing Council (WBC) welterweight champion Victor “Vicious” Ortiz (29-2-2, 22 KO’s) indicate that he exudes confidence and that he genuinely thinks that he will win his September 17 showdown with Floyd “Money” Mayweather (41-0, 25 KO’s). Until recently Mayweahter had been considered by most boxing writers and fans to be the best Pound for Pound (P4P) fighter in the world. Although Floyd is still undefeated, he lost the P4P ranking to Manny Pacquiao due to his own inactivity as a fighter. It is thought by some that by fighting Ortiz, who like Manny Pacquiao is a southpaw, Mayweather is prepping to fight Manny.
All those who have been watching Ortiz train at the Knuckleheadz Gym in Ventura, California are impressed at the confidence he has displayed. Those close to “Vicious” say that he is getting stronger every day working with strength and conditioning coach Joseph Janik.
Ortiz, who is still only 24 years old, is nowhere near his prime and presumably will only get better. Victor currently weighs in at just over 150 pounds and is showing no mercy on his sparring partners who he punishes on a daily basis. To further demonstrate the shape he is in Ortiz recently competed in a sprint triathlon at Camp Pendleton California.
Ortiz is not bothered by the 7 to 1 odds against him and in fact has confided to close friends that he expects a quick knockout over Mayweather. A KO victory over Floyd would definitely upset the boxing universe. For years “Money” has been perceived by the boxing public to be unbeatable. A win by Victor Ortiz over Floyd Mayweather would also place him in the crosshairs of a Mega Bucks fight with WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao. Presumably that fight would be a promoters dream and fairly easy to put together.