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Mayweather vs Ortiz: Fight Preview from HBO Sports (Video)

Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

Oh my God, but they're actually going to go forward with clips of Victor Ortiz lying so hilariously about dreaming of beating Mayweather when Ortiz was nine years old:


For those who missed our first run of ridicule about this absurd idea, let's break it down one more time:

  • Victor Ortiz was born on January 31, 1987.
  • Floyd Mayweather Jr was born on February 24, 1977.
  • When Victor Ortiz turned nine years old, Mayweather was a month away from turning 19.
  • Mayweather turned pro on October 11, 1996, nine months after Ortiz turned nine. So Ortiz was nine years old for about four months of Mayweather's pro career. As we all know, greatness is not built in the first four months of a fighter's career.
  • At the time, Mayweather was a super featherweight prospect, with no serious indication that he would ever become the best fighter in the world at some point, nor that he would ever be a welterweight.
  • Mayweather didn't become a superstar fighter until 2006. He was a top P4P guy before that, and noted as a great technician in the ring with superb skills, but he was not a big-time star fighter.
  • In short, there is not a single possible chance that Victor Ortiz dreamed of handing Floyd Mayweather Jr his first loss when Ortiz was nine years old. It did not happen, and it's ridiculous that the people promoting this fight are allowing that to be part of the narrative. Unless the purpose is to show Ortiz's proclivity to lie or exaggerate, which would be subtle far beyond the normal boxing promotion habits, then it serves no purpose other than to get Ortiz laughed at. I really don't understand why he ever said it, and I really, really don't understand why they're continuing to run with it. It's ridiculous.

But we're five days away from the fight, and I'm looking forward to it. Stay tuned this week for tons of updates, analysis, and news as we count down the hours until Mayweather vs Ortiz.

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