Advertisement
Advertisement

Bert Sugar's Take on Mayweather Jr. vs Victor Ortiz

By Chris Robinson

In the first part of my latest interview with HBO Sports' Bert Sugar, we took a look at this weekend's heavyweight title clash between Wladimir Klitschko and David Haye. Not wanting to leave anyone out, I was also sure to get Sugar's take on another one of the sport's biggest stories, the recently announced Floyd Mayweather-Victor Ortiz welterweight title showdown, set to take place on September 17th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t really understate what the braggadocios 34-year Mayweather brings to the sport, as the Ortiz matchup very well could be looked at as this year’s biggest extravaganza. Opening up on the matchup, you can sense Sugar’s enthusiasm being toned down by his personal curiosities.

"I just don't know if we will see the old Floyd Mayweather or an older Floyd Mayweather,” Sugar stated candidly.  “He's been out for sixteen months. He seems to be, most of the time, and I was at the press conference, talking about Manny Pacquiao. And you have to understand Ortiz. What is he, 29-2-2 with 27 knockouts? He's knocked down an opponent in every fight, even the two he's lost and the two he drew. He brings power."

Ortiz certainly does bring some heat to the table, most recently evidenced by his April get down with then-WBC champion Andre Berto. In that fight Ortiz would survive two knockdowns of his own as he floored Berto twice himself on his way towards seizing the victory.

With the victory came the shattering of the notion that Ortiz was a quitter, as suggested by his June 2009 loss to Marcos Maidana, and Sugar feels fully that we have a different kind of fighter on our hands.

"I think he's come again as a main attraction fighter. I think he put that [loss] behind him. I think that was a regeneration of a fighter,” Sugar boasted of the 24-year old champion.

Sprinkling Ortiz with praise is certainly warranted but September 17th is just as much about the return of Mayweather, who has been out of ring dealing with legal and personal issues ever since his May 2010 drubbing of Shane Mosley.

So, did Sugar ever feel that we would see Floyd again?

"I thought he would [come back] and I hoped he would because he adds something to boxing,” Sugar stated. “He's what boxing has been waiting for. As compared to the Klitschko-Haye fight, Floyd Mayweather Jr. is what we've been waiting for."

When asked to close his eyes and ponder the matchup, Sugar instead showed more curiosity as to just how much Mayweather will have left once the opening bells rings.

"I just don't know,” Sugar added. “Because for three rounds I am going to be watching for the rust factor. Is there a rust factor? Will he go right back to being the great Floyd Mayweather Jr.? If Ortiz rushes him the way he rushed Andre Berto, then we might see a different type of fight than the usual Floyd fight. But all things considered, Floyd has been a tremendous tactician but he's had two fights in two and a half years and you don't know what you are watching for. Because you don't get young and you don't get better sitting around on your bum."

Of course, with Mayweather you can’t mention his name without thinking of a possible meeting with Filipino icon Manny Pacquiao down the road. It’s a fight that we have been hoping for but one that has proven itself to come with its share of hurdles at the negotiating table.

It’s anyone’s guess as to what is going through Floyd’s head on any given day but Sugar would like to think that Pacquiao is in his plans.

"There are many of us hoping that the Ortiz fight is a page-turner, not a page holder. That, in effect, that's what his plans and ambitions are. That's what he sounded like at the press conference. But he did say he wanted the testing again. It might go up in smoke, twice as it had before. It's what boxing has been waiting for, the most anticipated fight since Leonard and Hearns thirty years ago."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by LeadUppercut on 07-04-2011

[QUOTE=StrangerInTown;10789727]The Floyd/ Ortiz presser was more about Manny then about Ortiz. Victor has looked hell straight in the eye as a child and as a young man. His very being was judged and then tested in and out of the…

Comment by StrangerInTown on 07-04-2011

The Floyd/ Ortiz presser was more about Manny then about Ortiz. Victor has looked hell straight in the eye as a child and as a young man. His very being was judged and then tested in and out of the…

Comment by Pacquiao'd on 07-04-2011

[QUOTE=mrjoeblive;10787708]very true lead. and the bolded part is very,very,very true. JMM is an elite level boxer and ring tactician. he can change game plans on the fly. when he fought the baby bull, he was losing and he made the…

Comment by Pacquiao'd on 07-04-2011

this bert/?

Comment by amayseng on 07-04-2011

[QUOTE=DominiBox;10786987]If that's the case, age should start to notice from the middle rounds. So i don't agree with sugar on this !! Like i say....Ortiz is not prepared for a fight this big. Luv that kid, put keep it real.…

Post a Comment/View More User Comments (32)
Top Headlines Ricky Burns Enjoying Low-Profile Approach Video: Jack-Bute, DeGale-Medina Post Presser Highlights Part 2 Video: Jack-Bute, DeGale-Medina Post Presser Highlights Part 1 Bellew-Makabu: Burton vs. Dodson For British Title Added Video: Victor Ortiz on His Boxing Future Following KO Defeat Video: Andre Berto on KO of Ortiz, Danny Garcia Shot, More Video: Ellerbe Reacts To Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor Fury: Klitschko Fight is My Last, I Have No Motivation To Carry On! Medina: James DeGale Said He Would Stop Me, He Ran All Night! WBC Prez Vows Investigation of Two Judges in Jack-Bute DeGale Disappointed With His Performance Against Medina Moreno Outclasses Sor Rungvisai To Set Up Yamanaka Rematch Floyd Mayweather Hints at Comeback, Reveals Talks With CBS/SHO Jack, Bute Ends in Draw - Jack Sets Up DeGale Unification Pedro Campa Extends Win Streak With Stoppage Win Over Alfaro Video: Victor Ortiz Attacked By Crazy Fan Following KO Defeat Badou Jack-Lucian Bute - LIVE BoxingScene Scorecard James DeGale Digs Deep To Overcome, Decision Rogelio Medina Washington Decisions Eddie Chambers: Benavidez, Gausha Win Badou Jack-Lucian Bute - CompuBox Historical Review James DeGale-Rogelio Medina: LIVE BoxingScene Scorecard Andre Berto Gets Revenge, Knocks Victor Ortiz Out in Four Jack-Bute, DeGale-Medina LIVE Results: Sharif Bogere Wins Victor Ortiz-Andre Berto II - LIVE BoxingScene Scorecard Thomas Williams Blasts Out Edwin Rodriguez in Two Rounds Edwin Rodriguez-Thomas Williams - LIVE BoxingScene Scorecard Jorge Lara Demolishes Montiel With Brutal First Round Knockout Jorge Lara vs. Fernando Montiel - LIVE BoxingScene Scorecard Anthony Joshua to Have U.S. Network Deal Announced Next Week Victor Ortiz vs. Andre Berto II - CompuBox Historical Review Liam Walsh Retains British and Commonwealth Titles With TKO Photos: Hughie Fury's Severe Cut Above His Left Eye Hughie Fury Suffers Bad Cut, Gets Technical Nod Over Fred Kassi Amir Khan Eyes MMA: I Fancy My Chances With Conor McGregor! Jamie Conlan Wins FOTY War To Get Title: Walsh Retains His Belt Andy Lee Sets Record Straight on Rumors of Daniel Jacobs Bout Video: Eddie Hearn Discusses Tony Bellew's Big Title Card Video: Theophane on Mayweather-Broner, Jack-DeGale, More Video: Eddie Hearn Talks Anthony Joshua, Kell Brook, Tyson Fury James DeGale: I Want To One Day Be The Pound For Pound Best
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement