By Dan Ambrose: Trainer Danny Garcia has big dreams in his head planned for his fighter former WBC welterweight champion Victor Ortiz (29-3-2, 22 KO’s) if he can make it past former two-time welterweight champion Andre Berto (28-1, 22 KO’s) next month in their rematch at the Staples Center, in Los Angeles, California.
Garcia wants Ortiz to go gunning for Miguel Cotto and Saul Alvarez at 154lbs, and he sees the 25-year-old Ortiz beating both of those guys, according to examiner.com.
Garcia said to Examiner.com writer Chris Robinson “I know we can beat Cotto, and I would also like to fight Canelo, because Canelo is a 154 pounder, but Victor can go up to 154 pounds easy. He’s big and I know we can beat Canelo.”
If Garcia had said that after Ortiz’s 12 round unanimous decision win over Berto last year in April, he probably wouldn’t have too many boxing fans that would argue with him over this. However, Ortiz looked horrible in his last fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr. last September, losing by a 4th round knockout after melting down mentally and head-butting Mayweather out of frustration in the 4th round when things weren’t going his way.
As everyone already knows by now, the head-butt lead to Ortiz losing a point. He then apologized repeatedly to Mayweather, even dropping his guard to apologize yet again after the action was restarted. Mayweather then KO’ed Ortiz with a left-fight combination to the head while referee Joe Cortez was looking at the time-keeper outside of the ring. With that performance, it’s hard to see Ortiz having the mental composure to beat fighters like Cotto and Alvarez. When things start going bad for Ortiz at some point in the fight, it’s easy to see Ortiz melting down like he did against Mayweather OR like he did in his 6th round TKO loss to Marcos Maidana in 2009.
I think Ortiz will be mighty lucky if he can get past Berto in their rematch on June 23rd. That’s going to be a tough fight for Ortiz, and there’s a good chance he loses that fight. As it is, Ortiz was put down on the canvas twice by Berto last time. I’d be surprised if he can make it out of that fight without getting down again, but for the 10 count.
Garcia also said he wants Ortiz to get a rematch against Mayweather, and that’s probably not ever going to happen at this point no matter what Ortiz does in the Berto fight.