“Who work harder than me? No athlete work harder than me. F**k fighters. No athlete works harder than me.”
“You tell me one athlete right now that’s been dominating the game for 16 years straight without a loss. Tell me one! Tell me just one!”
Modesty and Floyd Mayweather, never together.
However, his record of 41-0 with 25 KO’s is testament that to be a truly great fighter you need to have supreme confidence.
On September 17th in the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, “Money” Mayweather will face off against the WBC Welterweight champion Victor Ortiz in what is sure to be a great fight. The younger, stronger and naturally bigger Ortiz, against the older but supremely defensively skilled Mayweather.
This is nothing new to Floyd, the majority of his opponents have been too big or too strong for him, well at least that’s how the pundits called it before the fights. A career changing lesson in boxing is usually what follows for the bigger, stronger man.
Although the champion of the world, Victor Ortiz is unknown to a lot of people. 24 years old and hailing from Kansas, Ortiz is a big puncher and holds an amazing record of having knocked down every opponent he has faced. He is probably most famous for quitting in round six of a fight with Marcus Maidana, curiously just stopping and claiming afterwards he was too young to sustain damage. He does however have the majority of the boxing public supporting him which seems par for the course now when fighting the cocky Mayweather.
The fantastic HBO 24/7 programme which follows both fighters during their training camp, has shown Ortiz to be humble and kind with the usual hard upbringing story to win the hearts of the American people.
Mayweather though has, and always will feed off being the bad guy, it is the fuel which drives his extremely hard training camps. He seems to thrive in controversy and has been in court more in the past two years than in the ring. Obviously the fight everybody wants to see is Mayweather and Pacquiao, which should finally happen in 2012 but Ortiz will be no pushover. I will however stick my neck out and say that Floyd will have way too much technique and boxing smarts for Ortiz, Mayweather new champion by TKO very late or by unanimous decision.