Days before his bout with Victor Ortiz, the 41-0 boxer reminisces.
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In a series of blogs for HBO, which is airing his Sept. 17 fight against WBC Welterweight champion Victor Ortiz, Floyd Mayweather Jr. has discussed how he spent some of his first big prize money (he bought his mother a house) and how he relaxes (he's not a big fan of TV, but likes watching movies in his in-home theater).
In his latest entry the 41-0 fighter talks about what it will be like to fight Victor Ortiz on Mexican Independence Day.
"I have history with this weekend too. I fought Juan Manuel Marquez on Mexican Independence Day weekend in 2009 and everyone knows what happened that night. I know that there will be plenty of people watching September 17 when I fight Victor Ortiz. He might not be a Mexican legend like Marquez, but he is Mexican-American. Sure he will have the support of his people but I know lots of those fans will be cheering for me too. The fans buying the fight are “money” fans."
"When I fought Oscar de la Hoya, which wasn’t on the holiday weekend but a record-breaking fight, I wore Mexican colors and big sombrero. That was for all my Mexican fans. They know boxing and know a great fighter when they see one. They appreciate the sport and I feel like they have tremendous respect for me and my undefeated record."
"And because of the weekend, I made sure we gave the Mexican fans a great fight card because Erik Morales, Canelo Alvarez and my fighter Jessie Vargas are all on the show in separate fights. I am looking forward to being on that big stage again with these other fighters. I know that on September 17 when I face Victor Ortiz, it will be the same outcome. I am certainly not overlooking Ortiz, who is a young, hungry champion. But 41 have tried and 41 have failed. Different fighter, same outcome."
Despite all the bluster, many are wondering how the match will turn out between the 34-year-old who also has 25 KOs and the 24-year-old Ortiz (29-2-2, 22 KOs). We'll just have to wait and see.