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Victor Ortiz Not That Impressed with Floyd Mayweather’s Fighting Style

On Tuesday it was officially announced that Floyd Mayweather Jr. would return to the ring for the first time since beating Shane Mosley 13 months ago. Mayweather’s fight on September 17th will be against Victor Ortiz, which is what LBS reported exactly one month ago. Mayweather was in attendance ringside for Ortiz’s impressive win over Andre Berto, so by taking the fight it’s assumed Mayweather feels comfortable he can beat Victor. As for Victor, count him as unimpressed by Mayweather.

“Ever since I was a kid, I’ve said I’ll be the first to defeat Mayweather,” Ortiz said in his first public comments since the fight was announced. “Mayweather’s quick, he’s a great fighter, but I’ve never been that impressed with his style.”

If he’s not that impressed with his style, he should be impressed by Floyd’s perfect 41-0 record. Even though I believe Mayweather is the best fighter in the world when he’s dedicating himself to his craft, I think this is a dangerous fight for him. First off, it’s pretty evident Ortiz won’t be laying down in this fight — he wants to win it badly. Secondly, Ortiz is a southpaw which always makes things somewhat confusing for fighters with an orthodox stance. Floyd hasn’t faced a southpaw since beating Zab Judah and Sharmba Mitchell in back-to-back fights in 2006 and 2005, so that can get tricky.

Most importantly, if Ortiz fights as possessed as he looked against Berto, it will give Mayweather problems. Ortiz was knocked down twice by Berto and he’s lost two fights in his short career, so it’s not like he’s invincible, but he has that quirky personality of being crazy enough in the ring to look scary. I think Mayweather will win the fight, but it’s a dangerous one, and certainly more dangerous than the past three opponents Manny Pacquiao has fought.

Manny Pacquiao Issues Denial Statement Regarding Rumor of Steroid Injection

Manny Pacquiao has issued a statement in response to a report alleging his steroid use. The report was given credibility when it was shared on twitter by boxers Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Shane Mosley Thursday.

The report first appeared on May 3rd on a gambling website and it says a former sparring partner of Pacquiao used to inject Manny with steroids. The report alleges that Pacquiao began using steroids in the lead up to his fight with Oscar De La Hoya because he needed to overcome the size difference between the men. They say the former sparring partner issued the interview in a “top secret location” in Las Vegas. As if that Austin Powers image doesn’t give you enough reason to laugh, the fact that there’s no real source to the report should crack you up.

Anyway, nothing would have happened with this “report” if Shane Mosley hadn’t made something of it. Think about it — this “report” was published on May 3rd yet nobody had heard about it until Mosley tweeted it. Mosley wrote Thursday:

Pacquiao ex-sparring partner came out a couple days ago stating that he would inject him w steroids – since Ricky fight look that up … These are not my words it comes from a article And his sparring partner but if it is true!!!! Than what do you say please google”

Then Mosley added that Pacquiao hit him harder than he had been hit his entire career. Floyd Mayweather Jr. caught wind of his report and he encouraged his nearly 1.2 million followers on twitter to go read it. The report seems so phony I won’t bother linking to it. But after Mosley and Floyd started to spread the report, Pacquiao’s camp decided to respond by issuing a statement:

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Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Victor Ortiz to Fight in September at Cowboys Stadium?

It’s starting to look more and more like Floyd Mayweather Jr. will be returning to the ring. Last week we told you his uncle and trainer, Roger Mayweather, said he anticipated Floyd would fight by the end of summer. Adding to that speculation was Floyd’s presence at ringside of the Victor Ortiz-Andre Berto fight, suggesting he was doing some scouting. All that speculation is starting to come together.

The Examiner noted that BoxRec.com has Mayweather scheduled to fight Victor Ortiz on September 17th at Cowboys Stadium. Here’s the shot from Floyd’s BoxRec page:

Now if all the aforementioned information doesn’t convince you something is in the works, in an interview with KU Sports last week, Ortiz said he’s negotiating a deal to fight Floyd. “I just need to look at the contract and make sure everything is OK,” Ortiz said. “It’s not 100 percent sure yet, but that’s what I’m setting my sights on.”

LBS reached out to Ortiz’s promoter, Golden Boy Promotions about the BoxRec.com scheduled fight, and they told us “There is nothing to announce at this time.” The way it’s phrased — that there’s nothing to announce at this time — makes me think there will be something to announce in the future.

If this fight does go down in September, it will be quite a challenge for Floyd in his first fight since May last year. As we wrote, Ortiz looked darn good in his win over Berto.

Glove touch to Black Sports Online for the info

Floyd Mayweather Jr. Allegedly Threatened Security Guards with Guns

Boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. allegedly threatened security guards at his Las Vegas home, the Las Vegas Sun reports, and no, this is not a repeat of the five previous stories we’ve reported here at LBS. Money Mayweather was charged with misdemeanor harassment for threatening guards who ticketed his cars on the street. This is not a joke.

According to the complaint, the incident took place in October when two security guards cited a couple of Mayweather’s cars parked outside his mansion. Mayweather supposedly then threatened the guards saying “My homies have guns. If you want me to call them, they’d come over here and take care of you.” He also allegedly said “These are my f**king cars. Don’t touch my f**king cars.”

At this point we can either conclude that Floyd is a giant jerk with no respect for security guards, or his homeowners association is doing everything possible to get him kicked out of the community. Seriously, let’s just look at his list of infractions:

The evidence against Floyd pretty much points to him being a jerk. It’s truly sad that he keeps getting into trouble (even if this is just a charge dating back to October). The only thing that could help him redeem his public reputation is by returning to the ring. Hopefully he follows what his uncle says by returning this summer.

Manny Pacquiao Does Not Think Floyd Mayweather Jr. Wants to Fight

Manny Pacquiao said on Tuesday what anyone who follows boxing could have already told you: Floyd Mayweather Jr. does not want to fight him. Pac Man is preparing for his Saturday bout on Showtime against Shane Mosley while Floyd hasn’t fought in just over a year. Incidentally, his last opponent was also Mosley.

Speaking with a few media members at the MGM Grand, Pacquiao was asked about Floyd. He tried to deflect the questions saying “I don’t want to talk about Mayweather’s issues. I’m the kind of person where I don’t want to talk about him behind his back.”

When asked about whether it’s better for the sport for the two to fight, Manny said that was the case “but I don’t think he really wants to fight.”

Originally I blamed Pacquiao for not submitting to the drug testing Floyd proposed believing that Manny should follow through if he didn’t have anything to hide. I still believe that’s the case. However, I’ve been convinced by Floyd’s lack of action that he really is not interest in fighting Pac Man. There’s no other way around it. The only good news is that Floyd may be returning to the ring this summer. When that happens we can finally discuss the potential dream fight again.

Roger Mayweather: Floyd Will Probably Fight by End of Summer

While Manny Pacquiao is fighting Shane Mosley next weekend and already making plans to fight Juan Manuel Marquez, Floyd Mayweather Jr. has remained retired. Floyd however was present ringside for the Victor Ortiz-Andre Berto fight suggesting he was doing some scouting. Making it sound even more likely that Floyd will be returning to the ring is what his uncle Roger Mayweather said in an interview with Da Truth Boxing.

In the interview, which takes place in a casual setting on the couch, Mayweather (who also serves as Floyd’s trainer) says his nephew will likely fight by the end of the summer. He didn’t mention opponents but suggested it would be a matter of money (no surprise for Floyd, of course). Roger said that Floyd plays basketball and is an athlete, so getting into shape shouldn’t be a problem. He also discussed the Mosley-Pacquiao fight and repeated the notion that Mosley should be drug tested like he was for his bout with Floyd. He also questioned Manny Pacquiao being scared of needles by pointing out all the tattoos he has.

The interview features a ton of NSFW language and Roger is less intelligible than Brad Pitt in Snatch, so I won’t bother posting it. If you want to check out the video, head over to our friends at Black Sports Online who brought the video to our attention.

Floyd Mayweather Jr. Hit with $3.35 Million IRS Tax Bill

Floyd Mayweather Jr. finds himself in trouble once again, but luckily his funds should be able to bail him out. The Detroit News reported Friday that Mayweather owes the IRS $3.35 million from income taxes in 2009.

Yes, it’s 2011 now, but he owes money from 2009.

What’s sad is that this is the second time Mayweather has been faced with unpaid taxes. In 2007, he agreed to a payment plan for $5.6 million owed to the IRS. You think with the type of money he has he would be able to afford to pay his taxes, and that he’d have a few accountants reminding him to do so.

Even though this should be remedied quickly especially for a guy with as much money as Mayweather tells us he has (just look at this for evidence), it’s sad he’s getting his name in the news for the wrong reasons once again. In case you don’t know what we mean, just read this, this, and this.

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