Victor Ortiz spoke with the Los Angeles Times about his September 17 fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr, and had some interesting words about his opponent:
"It's a cool thing, because ever since I was a kid, I've said I'll be the first to defeat Mayweather, and now I'm on the doorstep of making it true," Ortiz said Wednesday in his first public comments since the Sept. 17 fight for his welterweight title was announced.
"Mayweather's quick, he's a great fighter, but I've never been that impressed with his style," Ortiz said.
Ortiz (29-2-2, 22 KO) is coming off of by far the best win of his career, beating Andre Berto in exciting fashion on April 16, lifting a welterweight trinket and handing Berto the first loss of his professional career. But most are seeing the fight as hugely in favor of Mayweather right now. Ortiz is being looked at as, at best, a live underdog -- but a real underdog nonetheless.
Ortiz also offered this:
"I don't think [Mayweather's legal issues] matter," Ortiz said. "He's an elite fighter, one of the greatest of all time. At the end of the day, I think boxing and reality are two separate things."
Whatever that means.