Victor Ortiz and manager Rolando Arrellano tell Lem Satterfield of The RING that reports of back soreness in the 24-year-old fighter are nothing to worry about, and that he simply took a day off and is getting back into training for his September 17 fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr:
"It was just that we're working extremely hard and we've been in camp for about six weeks. So Victor's sore because of the intense training, and he gets messages and that's it. Yet all of a sudden it turns into a back injury to create a sense of panic? It's just b.s.," said Arrellano.
... "I was a little sore, but that just comes with the territory, man. After two months in training camp, I don't think that anybody's body is up to par, especially in one training session," said Ortiz.
Ortiz is, in fact, quite adamant that it's not a big deal, that he simply asked his coach for a day off to get "pampered" with a massage (for some reason, this is my favorite thing Ortiz has ever said), and that everything is back to normal.
He does sound legitimately confident in text, but that Face Off interview they did with Max Kellerman made him seem a little rattled to me. Now, my question to myself and maybe to you, is what kind of rattled was it? Was it rattled toward the fight, or just the Face Off interview itself? Floyd seems relaxed with all the hype because he's been through it numerous times now. This is all second nature to him, nothing more than a part of his normal fight preparations. But Ortiz has only been in two HBO main events in his career, and neither of them had this level of attention and promotion. Does that make a difference in the ring on September 17? I don't know. Maybe. How about THAT for an answer?
(Victor Ortiz has had a sore back since he was nine years old.)