Earlier today, we talked about what could be next for Floyd Mayweather Jr, the highly-controversial winner last night against Victor Ortiz.
But what about "Vicious" Victor himself? Where can the 24-year-old go for a big fight now?
One possibility is, as we mentioned with Floyd, a rematch of last night's fight. Ortiz (29-3-2, 22 KO) is still one of the top welterweights in the world, and one of the best-known. Mayweather said after the fight that Ortiz could get a rematch if he wants one, and Ortiz indicated he's interested as well.
But as mentioned before, the biggest deterrent could be that Ortiz might have really harmed his own marketability. The vast majority of blame is (rightly) falling toward referee Joe Cortez and Ortiz himself, and Mayweather is a uniquely marketable guy who draws money from his fans and his so-called "haters."
Ortiz is not that guy. He doesn't have Mayweather's track record, doesn't have his game, doesn't have either his massive fan following or his status as a villain/heel. Ortiz has fans, and he has detractors, but he is not playing the same game as Floyd.
So if Mayweather vs Ortiz II isn't viable, or if Mayweather chooses to instead face Amir Khan (or someone else), where can Victor go? At that post-fight presser, he said he'd be champion again within six months. Another guy besides Floyd holds a belt and could fit the bill.
That would be Andre Berto.
Berto (28-1, 22 KO) picked up the IBF belt on September 3 in a five-round battle against Jan Zaveck, a fight that kept interest in Berto at least level following the great Ortiz fight in April, and gave him the position of "champion" once more.
For as clear as it was that Victor Ortiz beat Andre Berto, let's not forget that both tasted canvas, both got hurt, and both of them came out worse than they came in. It was, on the cards, a close fight. And it was a very, very exciting fight that has a perfectly legitimate reason for a rematch.
Honestly, which rematch would you rather see? Mayweather or Berto? If Victor's hunting a title, those are his real options (barring Manny Pacquiao or Vyacheslav Senchenko). He could start off smaller, of course, but I'm getting the feeling Golden Boy will want to capitalize on Ortiz's sudden fame, which he did gain even if he lost popularity.