Mayweather vs. Ortiz Sept 17 Title Bout!
Undefeated Floyd Mayweather Jr. will take on the welterweight champion Victor Ortiz on Sept 17, 2011! Details of pay-per-view site and location haven’t been finalized yet. Ortiz (29-2-2, 22 KOs), 24, moved up (from junior welterweight) and claimed the welterweight title belt in April with a score-card win over Andre Berto. Ortiz was also the 2008 ESPN.com prospect of the year. Mayweather (41-0, 25 KO’s), 34, is a great fighter at going the distance, so it will be an interesting full length fight. Check out their pre-fight trash talk and Mayweather twitter announcement, courtesy espn:
“My fans have been waiting long enough. Floyd Mayweather vs. Victor Ortiz. Sept 17, 2011 for the WBC world championship,” Mayweather tweeted Tuesday afternoon to make the announcement.
“I am ready to return to the ring and give my fans a fantastic night of boxing by fighting the best out there and for me, that is Victor Ortiz,” Mayweather said. “He is the current champion and an extremely talented fighter who showed amazing skills, and heart, in his last performance against Andre Berto.”
“At this stage of my career, these are the challenges I look for, a young, strong, rising star looking to make his mark in boxing by beating me. Like the rest of my opponents, he is going to try to prove that he can beat me. I commend him for accepting the fight, but on Sept. 17, Ortiz is just going to be another casualty, the 42nd one who tried and failed. Trust me, I will be ready.”
“I respect Mayweather because he has been a champion for many years and I know he will be ready, but so will I,” Ortiz said. “I’m a strong fighter and I have worked really hard to silence my critics. I’m a world champion for a reason and I am not going to let go of my title any time soon. This is going to be a great fight, but I will remain a world champion for many years to come.”