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Pacquiao Convinced Mayweather Using Ortiz To Prepare

By Mitch Abramson
 
Manny Pacquiao believes that Floyd Mayweather Jr. is laying the groundwork for a potential blockbuster fight with him by taking on Victor Ortiz on Sept. 17. While Pacquiao and Mayweather Jr. have circled each other from a distance over the past few years as the top pound-for-pound fighters in the sport, negotiations have broken down over the issue of drug testing and Mayweather’s apparent desire to take time off. But in taking on Ortiz, a southpaw with speed and power, Pacquiao thinks that Mayweather is getting ready for the challenge of one day facing him.

“Yeah, that’s what I said awhile ago,” Pacquiao, a southpaw, said during a press conference to promote his bout with Juan Manuel Marquez on Nov. 12 in Las Vegas. “I know he’s preparing to fight because he got a southpaw opponent for this fight.”
At the same time, Pacquiao vacillated between sounding as if he wanted to fight Mayweather to rejecting the idea completely. He seemed to be teasing the public’s appetite for such a blockbuster match.

“I don’t really need that fight," Pacquiao went on. "If that fight happens, well, good; that’s the fight I want; if it doesn’t happen, I’m also happy because I’m already satisfied with what I have done in boxing. I’m thinking that Floyd is preparing for our battle because he got a southpaw opponent for his next fight, so maybe like that. I give the possibility.”

Pacquiao, who sparred with Ortiz several times earlier in his career, gives the southpaw a good chance to upset Mayweather on Sept. 17.

“He’s a strong puncher,” Pacquiao said of Ortiz. “He’s heavy-handed. You don’t have to underestimate Ortiz because he is strong and there is a big chance for Ortiz to win the fight.”

He broke the fight down this way: “Both fighters have an advantage. Floyd is faster than Ortiz and Ortiz is stronger than Floyd, so it depends how hard they train for the fight. Ortiz has a big chance for the fight.”

Pacquiao said he would be open to fighting Ortiz should the Garden City, Kansas product get by Mayweather, and that he and Ortiz are very familiar with the other’s style from their sparring days.

But he’s not open to rising in weight in the future, and says that passing through eight divisions is enough.

“That’s hard to accomplish- eight divisions,” Pacquiao said with a smile. “That’s not that easy.”

Mitch Abramson covers boxing for the New York Daily News and BoxingScene.com.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by WESS on 09-11-2011

[QUOTE=tangalog2200;11120489]seems words are [B]taken out of context[/B]....[/QUOTE] Of course because were talking about Pac right? :?!:

Comment by tangalog2200 on 09-11-2011

[QUOTE=WESS;11112818]:haha: :haha: Tottally "irrelevant"? How do "fans" have anything to do with what Mayweather and Pac are saying? These "texts" are what the FIGHTERS are saying, not what the "irrelevant" fans are saying. Are you confused? :wave: Pac said there…

Comment by bluetuazon on 09-11-2011

[QUOTE=Clint650;11110462]Peyk peyk has proven he knows as much about boxing as he knows about the english language. Very little. Thanks for the laugh.[/QUOTE] funny how u criticize their english.....can u speak any language fluently aside from english?? tell me im…

Comment by bluetuazon on 09-11-2011

[QUOTE=Cgarcia;11109599]The only thing that would convince me that Floyd truly wants the Pac fight is when he starts sending his team to negotiate for the fight. Until then, I suggest that you guys focus on other fights. Besides, the never-ending…

Comment by GRUSTLER on 09-11-2011

[QUOTE=Brother Jay;11112968]Wow ... [i]regardless[/i] of who he beat????? If it doesn't matter who you fight, then how do you discern who has the better career? The man has as much padding as Pacquiao had when he was hiding out in…

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