Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Victor Ortiz brings thunder and lightening to Las Vegas

source: Igor Frank |

“What’s the latest on my boy Victor?” inquired Big Steve during our morning Java at Starbucks on Western Ave:”” Is he in Las Vegas yet?”

Vicious Victor Ortiz has thunder in his fists when he comes to the ring. As if by request, Mother Nature greeted WBC welterweight Champion with thunder and lightening when he arrived on the private Gulfstream jet to Las Vegas Monday night. Is this a sign of things to come when he defends his title against one of the best pound for pound fighters of our era, Floyd Mayweather on Saturday night?

Floyd Mayweather promised to meet young Victor Ortiz in the center of the ring and to fight him. If he is true to his words could the lightning strike twice in one week in Las Vegas? The answer to that question will be revealed on September 17th when Victor and Floyd have a scheduled date with destiny at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. HBO Pay Per View will televise the event live.

Supremely confident champion, Victor Ortiz seemed tired of speaking about this fight when I last talked to him on Sunday in Los Angeles. He is ready to go to work.” I’ll beat him and then I‘ll beat him again,” said Ortiz when I asked him if there was a rematch clause in his contract.

Victor and Floyd made their Grand arrivals to the MGM Hotel and Casino on Tuesday. Check out the photographs from their arrival by Paul Hernandez.

Amazingly the odds on the fight keep getting higher in favor of Floyd. May be Money Mayweather made a huge bet on himself, but according to book maker’s veteran from Las Vegas was nine to one favorite as of yesterday.

Does Victor Ortiz even have a chance?

“Vic is a dog,” exclaimed undefeated lightweight from Philadelphia, Karl Dargan who was one of Ortiz’s sparring partners in preparation for Mayweather;” He is hungry right now. He is young. Victor is very smart in the ring. Vic can actually box on his toes. Vic is my man. I got to go with my man. I believe he has a really good chance and he has all the attributes to get the job done and if he utilizes all the attributes he is definitely going to get the job done.”

Not phased by the odds or the media and fan frenzy Victor is poised for battle on Saturday night.

“I am supposed to be here,” said Ortiz prior to his departure for Las Vegas:” I am definitely going to knock him out.”

Legendary football coach Vince Lombardi once said: “Winningisn't everything, but the will to win is everything.” Victor Ortiz has a will to win in his eyes.