Victor Ortiz Reconnects With His Biological Mother

By Mitch Abramson
Victor Ortiz’s hard childhood in Garden City, Kansas, is well documented. His mother abandoned him when he was seven. His father left around six years later. He and a brother grew up in foster care. He used boxing as a vehicle to escape his hard scrabble life and pull himself out of the abyss.

On Wednesday, during a conference call to hype his Sept. 17 bout with Floyd Mayweather Jr. for his WBC welterweight title, Ortiz harkened back to his youth, and admitted that he reconnected with his biological mother “about seven months ago” and that he’s forgiven her for walking out on him as a little kid.

“The lady is doing well,” Ortiz said. “I think I gave her a year or so of life back into her. She seems like a sweetheart. I don’t know her personally, or anything, but from what I saw, I forgave her for everything. She asked me to please forgive her, and to not hold anything against her, and she didn’t really have to tell me that. I kind of decided I would do that before meeting her. And you know what? I’m just happy for her."

"I’m happy that she married and is happy and has her own family going on. I’ve built my own family except my family is pure friends and they’re as real as they come. Each of them. I could tell you their names, first and last. I could probably even tell you their social security numbers.”

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Ringlife on 09-03-2011

Now she loves him because he has money now to bad back than she felt another man was more important moms put man before their kids I mean what else could it have been.I could never do that to my…

Comment by slicksouthpaw16 on 09-03-2011

[QUOTE=Cuauhtli.;11071077]she abandoned them and left them with an alcoholic father to go and start a new family? f[I]u[/I]ck that lady, I would have never forgiven her.[/QUOTE] Me neither. She probably seen him on TV, realized that he was her son…

Comment by mannypr201 on 09-03-2011

Hey thats his mother and his demons let the man handle it how he wants to handle it... It's his money and his life... I don't think I would have been so forgiving though...

Comment by El.Naranjito707 on 09-02-2011

[QUOTE=The Weebler II;11071956]Posters on this thread are saying she's looking for money, but the source didn't say that she got in contact with him, it may have been the other way around? The other thing is her 'husband' could have…

Comment by don larryx on 09-02-2011

she walked out on her kids like some damn dogs,and started new FAMILY??ans now want to reconnect when he's on top??lol

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