By: Marc Livitz: Golden Boy Promotions participated in an hour-long telephone conference call this afternoon. WBC Welterweight Champion, "Vicious" Victor Ortiz was present along with his manager, Rolando Arellano and promoter, Oscar de la Hoya.
Arellano first stated the confidence he has in his fighter when he said, "Victor wasn’t always comfortable at 140. The natural growth of his body has allowed him to settle into his comfortable weight of 147. He is a young man who is committed, dedicated and determined. He’s prepared to walk through the gates of hell and come out smiling. He’s ready to taste supremacy at 147 lbs."
De la Hoya further echoed the same. "I’m honored to be able to put this fight together and everyone has worked hard. September 17th will be an historic night. Victor is a young lion and understands that being a champion takes much dedication. He’s a hero to me and many other people as well."
Victor Ortiz was very cordial. He first spoke of the notoriety that the HBO reality series "24/7" has brought to him. He said that he didn’t watch must of the first episode and didn’t know much about the televised bust-up between Floyd Mayweather, Jr. & his father, Floyd, Sr. Ortiz stated that he "appreciated the chance to take part in the series, but I didn’t need to see a little kid run his mouth". In regard to the media, Ortiz added, "I don’t spend any time on public perception. I understand why I became the champion and I plan on staying there. I have learned how to not care about the media, as they are negative."
Ortiz seemed to be brimming with confidence as he said, "I want the real Floyd to show up and not the slower version. Floyd who? Everything will be discovered on September 17th as my career begins and his ends. Floyd is overdue for a loss. I never thought he was great and I don’t care how good he is or how good everyone thinks he is. Someone’s in trouble"
This reporter asked Ortiz how he would prepare for Mayweather’s uncanny ability to defensively adjust to any fighting style that he may try to force in the ring, to which Ortiz replied, "He can’t adjust to me. He’s fought 41 times the same way. He’s done."
He was also asked if he wished to stay at 147 should he win or if he had any desire to move up to junior middleweight. Ortiz answered, "I’ll be the janitor of the division. I’m here to stay."
August 31, 2011