Mayweather Sr. to Train Victor Ortiz
“I won’t train anyone against my son. I know what Victor needs to do to beat my son but I’m not gonna train him against my flesh and blood…”
Known for his blistering offense and nonstop aggression, Victor Ortiz has always had one glaring weakness in his quest for greatness: his defense. Known for taking ungodly amounts of punishment during both his victories and his losses, Team Ortiz has decided that the time has come to effect a change. And who better to complete the puzzle that is Victor Ortiz than defensive genius Floyd Mayweather Sr.? Father of the now famous “shoulder roll” defense that his son has used to perfection, Mayweather can impart the knowledge that Ortiz has needed in the past; namely, the art of hitting without getting hit.
It was widely reported last July that Ortiz had parted ways with trainer Danny Garcia after his jaw was broken during his devastating TKO loss to Josesito Lopez last June. Media reports quoted Garcia as saying there had been some “confusion” in the ring as Ortiz told his trainer his jaw was broken in the fifth round. Ortiz said Garcia advised him to go two more rounds, since he felt Ortiz was ahead and would win the fight. After the two rounds were completed, Garcia once again asked Ortiz to go two more rounds. In hindsight, it seems Garcia saw the broken jaw as if it were something similar to a fractured hand, a painful injury that can be fought through.
During those extra rounds, Ortiz’s jaw was further damaged with multiple fractures and a severed artery on the inside of his mouth. As a result, Ortiz has been forced to endure a six-month layoff as he heals from an extensive injury he believes could have been avoided. “Everybody thinks because Ali finished his fight with Norton that you can still fight on,” Mayweather Sr. told Boxing.com. “The difference is Ali could keep his mouth closed. Victor’s jaw was so broken his mouth was hanging open and he couldn’t keep his mouthpiece in place. The fact that he went on like he did shows how much heart he’s got. Most guys would have quit right when it happened.”
Like many Mexican fighters Ortiz showed the world the stuff of which he is made, but is still faulted by many. Fans have accused him of quitting on his stool and saw a pattern of Victor giving in as he had done earlier against Marcos Maidana. Medical doctors have stated that, had he continued, Ortiz’s life could have been in danger that night; yet still there are still skeptics. A well-known cut man who wishes to remain anonymous claims Ortiz never had a broken jaw that night or he would not have been able to speak, however poorly, in the interview after the fight. To some, Ortiz still has something to prove.
It was Oscar De La Hoya who was responsible for bringing this unlikely pair together. Having been trained by Mayweather for nine fights, De La Hoya knows Mayweather extremely well. His knowledge of defensive skills is unsurpassed, as evidenced by his son’s achievements as the pound-for-pound greatest fighter alive today. De La Hoya spoke with Ortiz and his manager Rolando Arellano and recommended he hook up with Mayweather Sr.
“Trust me, some defense is gonna change Victor Ortiz,” Mayweather Sr. said. What will this new Victor Ortiz look like? If all goes according to plan, he could become a force to be reckoned with. Implementing some of what Mayweather has to offer could pay big dividends for Ortiz and add several years of fighting to his career.
The big question always comes back to an Ortiz rematch with Floyd Mayweather Jr. If Ortiz becomes a more complete fighter under Mayweather’s tutelage, which many insiders predict, would Mayweather Sr. train Ortiz to fight against his son? “I won’t train anyone against my son,” said Mayweather. “I know what Victor needs to do to beat my son but I’m not gonna train him against my flesh and blood.”
After the disrespectful way Mayweather Sr. has been treated by his son, publically and privately, would his position change if a multimillion dollar check was waived under his nose? There’s no way to know. Stranger things have happened. Time will tell.