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Garcia: Ortiz Can Beat Mayweather With Berto Plan

By Michael Marley

Floyd Mayweather Jr. and his many minions are talking about big fights like a breakfast chef whipping up omelette after omelette.

You might think Mayweather and cronies are planning a boxing buffet, first the Vicious Victor Ortiz bout on Sept. 17 and then on to perhaps Amir Khan and eventually to Manny Pacquiao.

But to hear his former trainer  Robert Garcia explain it, Mayweather's menu might collapse like a poorly cooked souffle.

Garcia, who discovered both lightweight champ Brandon Bam Bam Rios and Ortiz when they were just teenagers living in that fistic hotspot of Garden City, Kansas, really believes an ultra aggressive Ortiz might scramble Mayweather's eggs.

Garcia, as is well known, does not consider Ortiz, who ditched the trainer, as any paragon of character or loyalty.

But the former IBF junior lightweight champion never downplays Ortiz's ability.

That would be like Christopher Columbus dumping on his personal discovery, America.

"If he fights keyed up and so aggressive like he did in April against Andre Berto, yes then Victor can beat Mayweather," Garcia said as he wrapped up a four day family holiday Monday night in New York City which included a visit with his two sons to see a slugger named Jeter and the New York Yankees.

"But Victor has to fight all out, aggressive all the way and never let up with the pressure on Floyd.  If it's only a boxing match, then it will be all Floyd, all night long.

"But, again, if my brother (trainer Danny Garcia) can get Victor to fight with the aggression he showed in beating Berto, then he can beat Mayweather."

In fact, Garcia thinks Ortiz's style is more conducive to upsetting Mayweather than is the smooth style of Amir Khan, now being speculated as a "Money" foe for London sometime next year.

"Khan is a good fighter but, at this point, I think Mayweather is too much for Khan. But, sure that would be a big, big fight over there in England.

"It might be a $50 million fight in England, the way the fans support Mayweather and the popularity of Khan making a great combination," Garcia said.

Robert watched at a distance when former protege Ortiz stumbled against Marcos Maidana.

He admits to having decidedly mixed emotions when Ortiz was perceived as a heartless quitter after that defeat.

On one hand, he didn't mind seeing Vicious Vic lose and, on the other hand, he knew the fighter had more potential than he showed that night.

"Some guys, that kind of a loss to Maidana, might have finished them off but Victor came back. You've got to give him credit for doing that."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by balintawak on 07-29-2011

[QUOTE=MRMREC;10908767]Why is it so hard to believe that ortiz will hurt mayweather even when mayweather is blocking his shots. **** ortiz knocked peterson down punching him in his arm guard. Ortiz will be aiming for mayweathers upper body and do…

Comment by richardt on 07-29-2011

And because of the reasons I think Ortiz is a threat, Ithat is why I am impressed Mayweather picked Ortiz. He could have picked someone easier to pick up a title or a win against. The one thing that always…

Comment by vinny2006 on 07-29-2011

Floyd attended the Ortiz/Berto fight and saw that nobody was paying him no attention. People want to see fighters fight. Floyd now wants to fight Ortiz, so he can possibly sell tickets, because Ortiz is exciting, not Floyd. I hope…

Comment by bose on 07-28-2011

Garcia has a good plan for Oriz. But its only half of a plan. I do aggree with some that say Ortiz has to box. Floyd is said to have such a great jab, which its good but not consistant…

Comment by LeadUppercut on 07-28-2011

[QUOTE=richardt;10910592]What you guys are forgetting is that Marquez and Mosley are two older guys, Ortiz is not. [B]With these long layoffs, Mayweather is playing with fire and his legs can get old overnight, especially if he is pressured by a…

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