Saturday is a special night as Floyd Mayweather Jr. steps into the ring for the first time since May of last year. When he does, he’ll be taking on 24-year-old, Victor Ortiz, a Kansan with a 29-2-2 record (with 22 KOs) and the current WBC welterweight title holder. That’s a crown that Mayweather himself owned and relinquished in 2008.
Mayweather Jr. doesn’t fight often these days and that’s a shame. Universally considered (along with Manny Pacquiao) one of the two best pound-for-pound fighters on the planet, Mayweather has only fought twice since 2007. The dream match-up with Pacquaio that fight fans have been talking about for years remains a dream.
So we look forward to Mayweather versus Victor Ortiz. With a 29-2-2 career record, Ortiz presents a legitimate threat to Mayweather, but remains a significant underdog. His fight against Andre Berto in April is a Fight of the Year candidate that Ortiz won via unanimous decision. Ortiz will need to replicate that vicious style if he plans to do anything to Mayweather. Boxing with Pretty Boy Floyd has never gotten anyone anywhere as the 41-0 record indicates.
While the Mayweather – Ortiz fight is reason enough for most fight fans to buy the pay per view, HBO decided to make this one of the overall strongest boxing cards in recent memory. In addition to the WBC welterweight title being up for grabs, the super welterweight and super lightweight titles will also be on the line Saturday night. The card kicks off with a 10-round super lightweight bout between 16-0 prospect Jessie Vargas and 29-3 Josesito Lopez, then moves into the three title fights.
Saúl “Canelo” Álvarez (37-0-1, 27 KOs) and Alfonso Gomez (23-4-2, 12 KOs) will fight for the super welterweight title in Los Angeles. Despite being in LA instead of Vegas, this fight will also be shown live as part of the card. This is a showcase for Alvarez, the next great Mexican fighter and seats for the fight in LA should be a hot ticket.
Erik Morales (51-7, 35 KOs) will take on Pablo César Cano (21-0-1, 16 KOs) will battle for Morales’ super lightweight title. Morales, the last man to defeat Manny Pacquiao, is coming off a loss to Marcos Rene Maidana in April that saw him lose his WBA belt. Cano is stepping in on short notice after Lucas Matthysse had to pull out due to a viral infection.
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