Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Mayweather-Ortiz: Victor’s Advantage In Power

source: Carlos Cinco | FightcardBoxing.net

Set aside all antics outside of the ring and we find ourselves smack dab in the middle of it. When it comes down to it, there’s only one thing that truly matters and that’s what happens between those ropes. Let’s get down to business. FightCardBoxing will break down Part 1 of this year’s two-part blockbuster series (the other being Pacquiao-Marquez).

It’s obvious by now that Victor Ortiz has the advantage in power, it’s non-debatable at this point. Floyd Mayweather is not known as a knockout puncher in the Welterweight division. Mayweather may have scored some sensational KO victories earlier in his career against top caliber opposition but that was when the weight of his punches still affected his opponents. To say that he may have one-punch knockout power left hiding in his arsenal is blasphemous. It’s simply not the case. The last time Mayweather scored a knockout vs a Welterweight was nearly 6 years ago against mediocre Sharmba Mitchell. That’s not to say however, that he can’t win by knockout against Victor Ortiz but more on that later.

On the other hand, Victor Ortiz on the flipside has one-punch KO power. In fact, he may be one of the hardest punchers in the sport today pound for pound. Infamously giving Oscar dela Hoya a black eye while the Golden Boy was training for the Pacquiao fight, Victor Ortiz brings power in both hands and throws caution to the wind during exchanges. Just take a look at the Berto fight when Ortiz got knocked down in round six. Berto was on the attack once Ortiz got up from the count and jumped on him but Ortiz fought back with fire. It’s as if Victor had the warrior spirit awakened inside of him. As a result, he was able to catch Berto with a bomb and sent him to the canvass.

Of course landing power shots is a whole different story. Against Mayweather’s impregnable defense, Ortiz could have a difficult time landing something significant. But take it from Mike Tyson, who once said that it didn’t matter if you aren’t able to hit the guy clean, as long as you keep hitting him hard on the arms and on the shoulders you’re still doing damage. Sooner or later that defense will fall and the gates will open for Ortiz.

However, Mayweather’s defense also involves fleetness of the feet. Not only is he able to deflect shots with his Philly Shell, he’s also able to avoid punches via his amazing reflexes and exceptional footwork – and if a fighter gets too close, Mayweather is able to effectively use the clinch to nullify an inside attack. Such is the enigma of Floyd Mayweather Jr.

In all essence, Victor Ortiz has a huge advantage in power but it’s up to him if he can deliver it – which is a tall task. Remember, 41 have tried and 41 have failed. Where my heart says Victor Ortiz, my head says Floyd Mayweather all the way and apparently so does my wallet. Ortiz may have more than the proverbial puncher’s chance though, he has youth and naivety on his side which could provide for a shocking upset. So don’t discount that possibility. Mayweather doesn’t have one-punch KO power but he does have enough for opponents to respect him. Against Ortiz’s would be glass jaw, his accurate punches could do more damage than usual. So don’t rule out a Mayweather knockout victory as well no matter how much of a stretch it is.

Advantage: Victor Ortiz