Chris Robinson of the Examiner spoke with Victor Ortiz's trainer Danny Garcia about what Victor will do next in the wake of Andre Berto being forced out of the February 11 fight due to a ruptured bicep. Richard Schaefer has said that if Berto's recovery period is significant, Ortiz will move on and look for another fight. Garcia had some ideas.
One is the winner of the February 25 bout between Marcos Maidana (an old conqueror of Ortiz) and Devon Alexander. Alexander has already said he wanted to face the Ortiz-Berto winner, and there's an OK chance that the winner of that fight would be ready again in late May or early June, all open dates on HBO right now.
Garcia also mentioned Amir Khan, with whom Ortiz is friendly but not too friendly, but the really interesting quote from Garcia came here:
"You never know, Mayweather doesn’t have a fight right now because him and Pacquiao, they’re still deciding. Why not fight Mayweather in May?"
I've mentioned this since word of the injury first got out, and nobody's seemed too excited by the idea. I don't love it either, but Floyd really does have to fight someone, and that decision needs to come soon. Ortiz is now free, and I'm pretty certain of a few things:
- Ortiz will fight for less money than Miguel Cotto or Canelo Alvarez.
- Ortiz will be an easier negotiation, on more counts than just money. He's a pure Golden Boy guy, more of a "tell me who to fight" guy. That's not a knock, by the way.
- Ortiz will gladly take the rematch.
Would you buy it again? Did you think Ortiz did enough the first time to make a rematch at least a little bit interesting? With Floyd likely coming in a bit distracted, do you think Victor would have a shot at the shocker upset?