WBC Welterweight Championship Preview: Mayweather Jr. vs. Ortiz

On September 17th from Las Vegas, Nevada, an outstanding 12-round battle between Floyd Mayweather Jr. (41-0, 25 KO’s) and Welterweight title-holder Victor Ortiz (29-2-2, 22 KO’s) is set within the MGM Grand, with many boxing analysts and pundits touting this match-up as the year’s biggest boxing event to watch.
Floyd Mayweather Jr. makes his return to the ring after a 16-month hiatus, and no one is doubting that the 5-division World Champion will be in the usual excellent shape he’s known for in order to take on Ortiz, 10 years his junior. While many are calling this fight simply preparation for the eventual rescheduling of Mayweather Jr. vs. Pacquiao (likely to occur sometime in the middle of 2012), there is no doubt that Mayweather will put his best foot forward with a title shot on the line and all the boxing world eyes on what will be one of the biggest, most-watched fights of the year on HBO.
Meanwhile, the left-handed Victor Ortiz will seek to defend his WBC Welterweight title in the biggest match-up of his career, and try to silence both the critics as well as the bookmakers that have him currently sitting at a +450 underdog at Bodog Sportsbook (read the review of Bodog Sportsbook). However, Ortiz will have the mind and backing of Oscar De La Hoya, who no one doubts would like to see Mayweather fall to a Mexican on the 17th. If Ortiz can stand toe-to-toe with Mayweather into the later rounds, and catch him off guard with a well-placed left hook, many of you looking to cash in big on a huge underdog bet could be in for a big pay day…just don’t expect us to follow your lead into that bet.
Though it’s been said that Mayweather doesn’t enjoy facing southpaws, hasn’t been in the ring for almost 2 years, and will give up at least a few pounds to the Mexican-American Ortiz, Mayweather holds the advantage with faster feet and faster jabs and looks to be the favorite should this bout go the distance. I like Ortiz as a scrappy young fighter in the September 17th bout at the MGM Grand, but knowing the abilities of Floyd Mayweather Jr., and his propensity to be in great fighting shape regardless of the match-up, his skill set simply seems too strong for the 24 year old Ortiz to overcome.
Take note also in this bout that Bodog Sportsbook pins -140 odds on the fight going over 11 1/2 rounds, so for a 12 round fight there’s a very good chance we’ll see this come down to a final decision rather than someone kissing canvas. With such poor odds taking Mayweather to win this match-up, the -140 odds to go the distance start to look pretty good for online sports betting folks, especially when considering that Floyd Mayweather hasn’t touched the canvas in a decade, and Ortiz stood strong in his only TKO loss to Marcos Maidana in 2009. With two tough, powerful fighters in the ring it’s imaginable that one or even both of them will go down, but the odds of them staying down are extremely low with so much on the line. At any rate and no matter who you choose to win this fight, expect the WBC Welterweight Title bout between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Victor Ortiz to be one of the top-rated, most-watched boxing matches of 2011. There’s little doubt that the online sports betting on this match-up will be one of the best opportunities for wagering on boxing this year, so check out the betting lines soon, put your money on your pick to win, and find out why betting on boxing can be one of the biggest thrills for sports fans today.

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