LAS VEGAS - Victor Ortiz beat people down, and he did every time he stepped into the ring. It goes down twice in his last fight alone.
This model can make exciting fights. It is also a style that plays right into the hands of Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Mayweather returns to the ring for the first time in 16 months on Saturday night against Ortiz in a fight for a piece of the welterweight title. His experience and high defense make him a favorite, but Mayweather will entertain the desires of the opening bell.
"I'll go straight," said Mayweather. "This fight is not Going The Distance."
In most cases, Ortiz would be considered a little more than a tuneup for a possible fight Mayweather, Manny Pacquiao next spring. But 24 years is young and strong and has just won a great victory over Andre Berto, who not only made him champion at 147 pounds, but, more importantly, has caught the attention of Mayweather.
Mayweather was in the front row in April, when Ortiz came out of the canvas in the second and sixth to win a bruising decision Berto, a Mayweather fight was so impressed that he hand picked his next opponent Ortiz.
"It 'was an exciting fight, motivates me to get back in the ring and show my skills," said Mayweather. "I wanted to go out there and rock and roll."
Mayweather will earn a massive - perhaps more than $ 20 million - to try to remain unbeaten in 42 fights of his career. If there is a question about him is that he is no longer young at the age of 34 years and recently fought so rare, there is a chance he could have ring rust.
Ortiz is a decade younger to 24 and is both strong and fast. But it is in the spotlight for the first time in his young career, and he faces a fighter who has tremendous defensive skills and is a master at adapting to what the man across from him in the ring.
Mayweather has also shown some mastery in the accumulation of prefight, invitations to separate the brother of the man who took Ortiz, with Brandon Rios, a former stable companion, contrary to Ortiz. But Ortiz said he is aware of nothing except what he has to do in the ring in the scheduled 12-round fight.
"I understand their tactics," said Ortiz. "He has a big mouth and somebody has to make. But I've always been against the whole world, and is no different for me."
Ortiz, weighed 147 pounds for the class limit Friday, while Mayweather was 146 01/02
It is as usual with Mayweather fights behind a plot with a fighter, which is thousands of miles away from the ring at the Arena MGM Grand Hotel. To date, Mayweather has resisted agreeing to fight Pacquiao, insisting that without the Olympic-style drug testing, should not be any fighter in the ring.
Pacquiao promoter Bob Arum, said recently, however, that assessment would not be an obstacle to the fight next May, assuming that Mayweather wins Ortiz and Juan Manuel Marquez, Pacquiao summit in November.
"We continue to feel Pacquiao, Pacquiao, Pacquiao," said Mayweather. "I'm not dodging anyone, and mitigation. I'm not hiding your opponent. If you are the best, take a test and we will fight."
While Mayweather has not lowered any statements that, precisely, his record may show the pay-per-view buys, manufactures are based more on what fans will see HBO's "24 / 7" reality series, as it did in the ring . Count Oscar De La Hoya - Mayweather that he gave his first major star of the platform, when they fought in 2007 - among those who think that he carefully selected his opponents.
"I fought the man on the hill, the boys that were too small," said De La Hoya, who promotes Ortiz. "I won the world title that perhaps were questionable. It's true. Mayweather is a victim of that, too. He fought very young children, no. It did not fight enough."
In fact, Mayweather has fought only twice since he stopped Ricky Hatton in 2007. He announced his retirement once and took over a year for this fight. He says he needs time to properly build a pay-per-view fight, but their inaction and refusal to fight Pacquiao have tarnished his legacy in the eyes of many in boxing.
"When all is said and done, all roads still lead to Floyd Mayweather," Mayweather said.
He expects to sell over one million pay-per-view $ 59.95 per card, which also includes a Mexican legend Erik Morales, 140-pound title against undefeated Pablo Cesar Cano. Even televised fight card in Los Angeles with Saul Alvarez in the 154-pound title defense against Alfonso Gomez.