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."