Boxers and Athletes took time out from training to make their predictions ahead of the big world welterweight clash between WBC champion Victor Ortiz and Floyd Mayweather Jr in Las Vegas.
"Mayweather will win by decision. I think Mayweather wins because of his speed and experience. Even though I like the young fella Ortiz, I have Mayweather winning this one."
- Carlos Boozer, Forward, Chicago Bulls
"Mayweather KO in 8."
- Caron Butler, Forward, NBA Champion Dallas Mavericks
"The champ will walk in the ring as a champ and leave the ring as THE champ. Floyd is the best; nothing more needs to be said."
- Mark Cuban, Owner of the NBA Champion Dallas Mavericks
"My opinion is that Mayweather is going to win. Mayweather has tremendous defense and speed. Mayweather also has the power, and we all know Victor can get hurt. Victor Ortiz, however, has a lot of heart and he showed that in his last fight. I believe Ortiz also has the power to change the fight and beat Mayweather. I believe the fight will go to distance and Mayweather will win by points. I don’t see a knock out happening."
- Juan "Baby Bull" Diaz, Former World Champion
"This fight presents a unique opportunity for Victor Ortiz; he takes a punch and gives as well. By seven rounds, I expect Ortiz to pull ahead with Mayweather holding on, avoiding being KO’d."
- George Foreman, Former World Champion and International Boxing Hall of Fame Inductee
"I think Mayweather vs. Ortiz will be a great fight and may the best man win!"
- Danny Garcia, Undefeated Junior Welterweight Contender
"Victor Ortiz is a young, hungry lion with an incredible story. How can anybody not root for a guy like him? He’ll leave everything in the ring come fight night and the fans will get their money’s worth, but Floyd Mayweather’s speed and intelligence will be the key to a unanimous decision victory. Floyd will weather an early storm from Ortiz and make the proper adjustments to come out victorious. Floyd’s been a tremendous fighter for many years. We’ll see how many great fights he has left in him."
- Robert Guerrero, WBA and WBO Interim Lightweight World Champion
"Mayweather by unanimous points decision or stoppage. This promises to be a very interesting fight, as Mayweather is coming off a long layoff and Ortiz is in the prime of his fighting life and fresh off a great win over the unbeaten Andre Berto. Ortiz may have his moments in the fight as Mosley did, but ultimately I believe Mayweather’s perfection will shine through as the fight goes on. Whatever the outcome, I’m very excited about this fight and will no doubt be watching live."
- David Haye, Former World Champion
“You ask me as a fan and as a guy with boxing credibility. I think the win goes to the guy with the higher fighting IQ and the experience. You have one guy who has been in the game longer than the other, the guy who comes from a boxing family. I love Ortiz. Would I be surprised if Ortiz gives Floyd all he can handle? No! But, with Floyd’s style and Ortiz’s style, I see Floyd winning this fight convincingly.”
- Bernard Hopkins, WBC and Ring Magazine Light Heavyweight World Champion
"It’s going to be a tough fight for Victor and I hope he does well, but Mayweather has more experience and I think Mayweather will beat him in the later rounds on points. If it’s the same Victor that turned up for Berto, it’s going to be a tough fight for Mayweather."
- Amir Khan, WBA Super Lightweight and IBF Junior Welterweight World Champion
"I predict Floyd with his talent and experience. This fight could be his toughest and most dangerous fight if Ortiz doesn’t freeze in this event. The eyes will reveal the truth."
- Sugar Ray Leonard, Former World Champion and International Boxing Hall of Fame Inductee
"Mayweather will outbox Ortiz to get a clear, unanimous decision, but if Ortiz fights like he did against Berto, Mayweather will be stopped."
- Marcos Maidana, WBA Super Lightweight World Champion
"I think it’s a very competitive fight, contrary to what some of the media are saying. Victor is in fine form as of late, and he’s really come into his own these last couple years and more so than physically, he’s come into his own on a mental level, and you can see the confidence written all over his face and in his demeanor in general. Having said that, Floyd Mayweather to me might be the best fighter to ever put on a pair of boxing gloves. It will be interesting to see now that he’s no longer a spring chicken, if these layoffs will have any effect on him. He is a reflex/reaction type fighter, and those are the first things you lose as age creeps up on you. Age may be a factor because Floyd is up against a hungry young lion. I pick Floyd in a close fight that goes the distance and might even be controversial, but if he’s lost anything with his age, I can’t say I’d be hugely surprised if Victor pulls off the upset. Five years ago, I would pick Floyd in a less competitive fight even if not a dominant one, of course, that’s with the Victor of today against the Floyd of back then, but that’s not a knock on Victor, it’s just that Floyd in his prime was unreal and would beat very good fighters and at times make it even look easy. I like this fight a lot; I applaud Victor for taking it while accepting the random drug tests. I would love to have that in pro boxing for everyone and not just Mayweather and his opponents. The NFL just implemented a random HGH test as well as minor league baseball. Pro soccer players are also subject to mandatory random tests, so if the best professional athletes in the world are now being subjected to them, then I don’t see why boxers should not, at the very least on a world class level. So I commend Victor, and I like what Floyd is doing. This is an exemplary fight not just because they are world class athletes, but obviously they are making a point that they are gentlemen and fair and honest sportsmen as well."
- Paulie Malignaggi, Former World Champion
"I think Mayweather will win a decision. He has more experience and he’s too smart and quick. I’m not taking away anything from Victor, I think he will give a great fight, but I think Mayweather will win."
- Abner Mares, IBF Bantamweight World Champion and WBC Silver Bantamweight Champion
"I’m picking Ortiz in a decision."
- Willis McGahee, Running Back, Denver Broncos
"I am expecting a tough fight for Mayweather. I feel Victor Ortiz is a man on a mission...a determined, young, strong and embittered man. Life, family and critics have created a monster inside Victor. Pretty Boy is in for a rough night September 17 - another storm Floyd will endure. Mature skills and experience win fights. I think Victor’s momentum and strengths outweigh Floyd’s, but Floyd’s poise and polished skills will be the deciding factor as always. Close rounds will be tough to score. Victor may take the early lead, but middle and final rounds will be all Mayweather right hands and uppercuts. I see Mayweather winning a close decision in a fight where both men face adversity."
- Sergio Mora, Former World Champion
"Mayweather will win by a decision. He is too fast for Ortiz."
- Israel Vazquez, Former World Champion
"Mayweather has too much experience plus he’s the best till somebody beats him, but it’s going to be exciting."
- Micky Ward, Former World Title Contender
"I think that Mayweather will win the fight. He’s gonna box Ortiz, do a lot of counter punching and jabs to the body to keep Ortiz off balance. Exciting if Ortiz fights [Mayweather] like he did Berto, but Floyd is not Berto, so I think Floyd will win by decision or maybe KO if Ortiz is not careful."
- Winky Wright, Former World Champion