When it comes to money, Floyd Mayweather Jr and Victor Ortiz are a regular odd couple, like that new Kevin Dillon show. (Photo by Daniel Barry/Getty Images)
Well, if you were trying to craft an anti-Mayweather, you couldn't do much better than Victor Ortiz's latest blog at The RING, where he discusses his spending habits (or lack thereof), and how he's trying to plan for his future:
"Way too many athletes go broke these days, and I like saving my money so that I can ensure my family and friends currently and after me will never have to endure some of the things I did when I was a kid. All those fancy cars and houses are just a way for people to show off their money. I let my boxing do the talking. I did make some investments, though. I have a trucking company called Ortiz trucking with six trucks already. I figure that could be a solid side business to grow some of my winnings instead of having them lie around or be spent."
Ortiz says he lives alone, except during fight preparations when his outspoken manager Rolando Arrellano comes to stay with him, and that he prefers the ability to clear his head and relax when at home. Compare and contrast this to upcoming opponent Floyd Mayweather Jr's extra-flashy lifestyle, which includes his bragged-about collection of watches, "the big boy mansion," all those cars, big-time gambling, hanging out with 50 Cent and eating Chef Boyardee, etc., and you have a pretty sharp difference in the financial attitudes of the two fighters. Just another piece of the story to hype the fight, and not a bad way to do it. People like hero and villain stuff, and while early on it looked like Floyd Mayweather Jr might have been toning it down this time around, the first episode of "24/7" put that thought to rest pretty well.