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01 SEPTEMBER 2014

 

SecondsOut Team Picks: Victor Ortiz Vs Floyd Mayweather Jr




Saturday night at the MGM Grand In Las Vegas, Nevada, Victor Ortiz makes the first defence of his WBC welterweight title against Floyd Mayweather Jr

Ortiz impressed in claiming the title against the favoured Andre Berto back in April but can he turn back the challenge of classy American Floyd Mayweather Jr? Check who SecondsOut’s staff writers think will win the big welterweight clash.

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No doubt Ortiz impressed against Andre Berto last time out. I was really impressed with him but Mayweather Jr is in his prime and believe he’s a class above. I can only see one winner here and that Mayweather I believe Mayweather will get his first stoppage win since the 10th round win over Ricky Hatton in 2007

Mayweather Jr tko 10
Clive Bernath
Editor In Chief

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Victor Ortiz threw caution to the wind when he entered the ring against Andre Berto. A "FOTY" candidate followed, that saw Ortiz being able to do enough to win Berto’s welterweight title by decision, and hang the first loss on Berto’s record. He will have to be equally aggressive if he is to have any chance of upsetting one Floyd Joy Mayweather Jr. Sixteen months have passed since Mayweather stood in the center of the ring and dominated Shane Mosley. I expect that he will be able to follow the same script on Saturday against Ortiz. Floyd knows that Ortiz will need to be aggressive to have a chance, and no one is better at using one’s aggression against them. Ortiz answered some questions about his heart against Berto, but the lights will be a lot brighter at the MGM Grand. I think we will see an even four rounds before Floyd takes complete control of the fight. He will win a unanimous decision, unless Ortiz goes for broke, which will lead to a late stoppage.

Mayweather Jr pts 12
Jason Pribila
Bethlehem,
USA

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I am not buying that Victor Ortiz is a reformed fighter. Yes, he impressed me against Berto and he deserved the victory. However, he largely exploited Berto’s shortcomings, which include a sub-par corner. His calm tone of confidence on 24/7 appears superficial and instead of being honest, the way he was after losing to Maidana, I think he is simply doing a much better job of telling fans what we need to hear. Let’s not forget that Ortiz had to pick himself off the canvas against twice against Berto and in his prior bout struggled to salvage a draw with Lamont Peterson. Both men are fine fighters. In fact, they are peers in regard to Ortiz. Floyd Mayweather Jr. is not a peer of Ortiz’ though. He is a far superior fighter with confidence that goes bone deep. He also has the kind of speed to land on Ortiz like Berto, but also the footwork and head movement to get out of harm’s way from a counter attack. I expect Ortiz to try to swarm and bully PBF the way Oscar De La Hoya did back in 2007. However, he won’t be nearly as effective at keeping PBF at bay. By the mid-rounds, PBF will begin to land with striking regularity and the confident facade of Ortiz will peel away. By the ninth round, Ortiz will be frustrated and full of doubt. I’d hate for him to look for a way out, but I could see Ortiz folding mentally before he does physically.

Mayweather tko 10
Derek Bonnett
Connecticut
USA

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I think we can all agree, Victor Ortiz is Floyd Mayweather’s toughest fight in a long while simply because of the fact that he is young, strong, and comparable in size -- but can something so simple defeat something as complicated as Mayweather? Many more years of experience and boxing IQ is at Mayweather’s favor, not to mention speed and defensive skills. Mayweather is like the Klitschko’s in that no matter how much we wish, the results are usually the same. While Ortiz excited us against Berto, he still hasn’t dominated any opponent, nor faced anybody of the elite class. Ortiz can have the performance of his life and live up to early career expectations, or appear as uninspiring as he did against Lamont Peterson. Who is the true Ortiz? I think we’ll find out Saturday, but not in victory.

Mayweather Jr pts 12
José Santana Jr.
Cleveland, Ohio
USA

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Mayweather is too good for Ortiz though I hope Ortiz gets to him and makes it a fight. Ortiz fought tough against Berto but even there he walked into some heavy shots. I see the same thing happening here but he doesn’t rally as he did before.

Mayweather Jr pts 12
Harry Rosenbluth
Photographer
Southern California

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Floyd Mayweather is a reflex fighter, so I can envision a possibility of him losing a bit of speed and quickness and possibly having some trouble with this young man. "Remember Roy Jones in his rematch with Tarver" but my pick is Mayweather via 12 round decision, and if he goes for it, really goes for it, which he rarely does, he could get the stoppage as he predicted to me he would.

Mayweather Jr pts 12
James Smith aka Smitty
Host IN THIS CORNER TV
Las Vegas, Nevada
USA

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Contrary to what many believe and think, this is an easy fight for Mayweather. Ortiz, as strong and talented as he is, is tailor made for Floyd. He’s much slower, throws wide, loopy punches and eats way too many punches he has no business eating. Floyd will circle around him and pick him apart from any angle he wishes. There’s no such thing as ring rust (like many suggest) when an elite fighter stays in shape and Mayweather will prove that again. Ortiz will get trounced and Floyd will start dishing out the punishment in bunches from the middle rounds on. Ortiz’best chance to win is to try and out-box Mayweather, which will be impossible. If he tries to swarm Floyd, he’ll get eaten alive. It’s a no-win situation for Victor. Ortiz won’t quit but he’ll be stopped between rounds eight and nine; his corner will throw in the towel.

Mayweather tko 8 or 9
Mike Sloan in Las Vegas

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I do not think Ortiz is on the elite level yet, and I think he will fall short, just like the fourty one other fighters that have come before him. Ortiz is a young fighter and is not yet in the prime of his career, if this fight was staged against the Victor Ortiz in five years, well it may be a different story. Floyd will be too smart and too quick. Ortiz’s only hope is to get Floyd early. Lets hope Victor comes to fight, unlike some recent big fights we have seen.

Mayweather Jr pts 12
Adam Santarossa
Sydney
Australia

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As good as Ortiz looked against Berto, he will not be able to defeat Floyd. I think that Ortiz has the style to bother Mayweather, but not the skills or power to win. I always felt that the way to beat Floyd is with pressure and I’ll bet that Victor will be putting out as much as he can. I may be disagreed with, but I think that De La Hoya, fought the right fight against Mayweather but came up short. Oscar would force him to the ropes and throw punches, he just didn’t do it often, or effectively enough to win, and I don’t see Ortiz doing any better. In fact Victor will be stopped in 10 rounds.

Mayweather Jr tko 10
Jerry Glick
New York
New York City
USA

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This is a mismatch in every sense of the word. Although Ortiz showed some heart his last time out, let’s not forget that he was floored a few times. He simply gets hit too often to be considered an elite fighter. Against Floyd Mayweather, he’ll get hit alot and have trouble landing his own shots. Other than a puncher’s chance, I don’t see how he can win. Mayweather will look impressive and land shots at will, possibly resulting in Ortiz quitting in his stool.

Mayweather wins tko 10
Tri Nguyen
Alexandria, VA
USA

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This fight has the potential to be interesting & worth the money to view it live. Victor Ortiz has never been on such a stage, however Floyd Mayweather not only is accustomed to it, but seems to be made for it. The opening rounds may be a feeling-out process or it may be the time that Ortiz seeks to establish his presence in the ring by way of his punching power & aggression. This may be where his glimmer of a shot at victory lies. It certainly remains to be seen whether or not Floyd’s return will be hampered by one layoff too many, but he likely still holds the edge overall. Although there is a 10-yr age difference and Ortiz has promised a win, Mayweather is just too good. This is one of just a few sports where the points rely on you and only you. Mayweather understands the meaning of the sweet science and will take full advantage of the openings created by Ortiz and his fighting nature. He can’t expect to hit Floyd even two times in a row & that will be the difference.

Mayweather Jr pts 12
Marc Livitz
Austin
Texas
USA

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Until mayweatheg shows a decline how can you pick against him? Yes, he is fighting a young lion in Ortiz, but Ortiz is vulnerable when he gets hit, as seen against miadana and Berto. I’m not sold on Ortiz just yet, we never got to see how good Berto is or if he was over hyped, not to take away from Ortiz win and guts to get himself off the canvas to win. Let’s see how he reacts to mayweathers speed and defense and he gets frustrated if he can’t land the big punch. I don’t see this happening as Mayweather has said "41 have tried 41 have failed" I believe it will be 42 Saturday. Mayweather will pop Ortiz with his razor Jab and and confuse Ortiz when Ortiz is unable to catch Mayweather, if Money is aggressive he will halt Ortiz late or win an easy decision. Hopefully bringing on PACman next year as the fight everyone want to see!

Mayweather tko 10
Andy Rivera
Albuquerque
New Mexico
USA

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Mayweather-Ortiz has the potential to be more competitive than some of Floyd’s recent fights. Victor Ortiz is coming off of his biggest win as a pro by winning the WBC welterweight title against Andre Berto. Any questions surrounding the young lion’s will and determination prior to that fight were certainly answered when he got off the canvas a couple times to score a couple knockdowns of his own and dethroning the young, undefeated champion. Mayweather has had little to no trouble dominating the sport for quite some time. While Ortiz may be more of a challenge than Mosley, I can’t see him winning more than a round or two against "Money" Mayweather. There could be some opportunities for excitement if "Vicious" Victor shows up, but in the end a clear cut unanimous decision for Floyd is the likely outcome.

Mayweather Jr w pts 12
Derek Gionta
Pittsburgh,
PA
USA

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Ortiz will give it everything he has for the first few rounds and then it will all go downhill. Mayweather will size him up, time him, pick him apart and stop him late. They’re just not in the same league.

Mayweather tko 10
Matthew Hurley
Boston
Massachusetts
USA
*****

The wily old veteran has studied the young southpaw titlist thoroughly. Mayweather`s defensive genius is just too mush for Ortiz to handle and he will take control of the fight and frsutrate the titlist early on with accurate counter-punching. The fight will resemble the Mayweather vs Hatton clash four years back, the difference being that Mayweather plays it safe, doesn`t go for the knockout too eagerly and settles for a lop-sided decision against the brave but overmatched Ortiz.

Mayweather Jr w pts 12
Mikko Salo
Finland

******

Victor Ortiz is a terrific boxer and a champion in and out of the ring. I was sold on him years ago; his skill set, ferociousness and personality making him such an attractive television fighter. On the downside he is facing Floyd Mayweather, who will go down as one of the best, pound for pound, in history. Floyd will use the younger fighter’s aggression against him, nailing his man on the counter, over the first half of the fight. As the late rounds approach, Mayweather will sense fatigue and open up with more purpose, bloodying his opponent with combinations. Ortiz will pick up two or three rounds but the judges will have an easy time, scoring in favour of Floyd’s cleaner eye catching work.

Mayweather Jr pts 12
Tom Gray
Motherwell
Scotland

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I am torn on this one. I see this fight going the distance and Mayweather winning the fight. My heart is with Ortiz, would love to see him win but I think Mayweather will have to much for Ortiz to handle. Its Vegas so you never know whats going to happen and with all the hype surrounding Mayweather who knows?

Mayweather Jr pts 12
Ron Valderrama
Phoenix
Arizona
USA

Ortiz=0

Mayweather Jr= 17



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