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Ortiz Aiming To Become One Of The Greats
Mayweather will be just a stepping stone for Ortiz
Posted Jul 07, 2011 by Chris White
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Victor Ortiz is aiming to become “one of the great” boxers of all time, and he plans to start this campaign later this year, but he will have to do so by doing something that no other boxer has done in 2011 – beat Floyd Mayweather Jr.
The fight, set for 17th September this year, is to be confirmed in press conferences in New York and Los Angeles this week, with the fight scheduled to take place at the famous MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
When Marcos Maidana beat Ortiz back in June 2009, people began to think that maybe their high hopes for Ortiz were unfounded, but the fighter from Kansas has got back to the top after a gruelling journey. Many in the boxing world were dubbing him the new Oscar De La Hoya, with Mexican himself saying Ortiz has “all the goods, the talent, to be the chosen one.”
In the months that followed the Maidana defeat, Ortiz took a five-month break from the sport, before coming back in December 2009. In the next 12-months, he drew one fight and won four in unconvincing style. But against Andre Berto in April this year, Ortiz looked back to his best and earned his match with Mayweather.
Mayweather, dubbed “the best pound-for-pound boxer in the world” will be possibly Ortiz’s biggest test to date, and if he is to fulfil his potential and show that those who tipped him for greatness earlier in his career were right to do so, he needs to walk away from the MGM Grand as a winner – or at least having given a good account of himself.
Ortiz told the media “I’ve made up my mind that I’m going to be one of the all-time greats, and that’s where it’s at. Nobody expects me to beat him, I’m not even supposed to be near a stage like this.”