MANILA, Philippines – Former World Boxing Council (WBC) welterweight champion Victor Ortiz is willing to fight Floyd Mayweather Jr. for a second time, claiming he has “unfinished business” with the unbeaten boxer.
In September 2011, Mayweather made his return to the ring after a 16-month lay-off against Ortiz, and their bout ended in controversial fashion.
Ortiz headbutted Mayweather in the middle of the fourth round, and when action resumed, Mayweather tagged a seemingly unprepared Ortiz with a 1-2 combination. Ortiz could not answer the 10-count and Mayweather was named the new WBC welterweight champion.
“I strongly believe I have unfinished business with Floyd. I’m sure Floyd knows it, too,” Ortiz said in an interview with Boxing Scene. “He just tries to say he doesn’t.”
Mayweather is currently incarcerated at the Clark County Detention Center in Las Vegas, while Ortiz has a fight scheduled against Josesito Lopez on June 23.
“At the end of the day, the Floyd thing and everything is not what I’m working for right now. Josesito Lopez on June 23rd is, and that’s what it’s going to be until June 23rd,” he said.
As for a rematch with former rival Andre Berto, Ortiz said he is no longer interested.
Ortiz defeated Berto in what was generally acknowledged as one of the best fights of 2011. The two boxers were all primed for a rematch until Berto tested positive for an illegal substance.
The fight was eventually scrapped and Ortiz was scheduled to face Lopez instead.
“I actually don’t have anything to prove to Berto, besides putting him to sleep on a second occasion,” Ortiz said.
“The only reason I agreed to ever fight him again to begin with was because there was a promise and a clause that if I beat Berto again, I would fight Mayweather,” he explained.
“And now that there’s none of that going on, he doesn’t deserve a chance. He doesn’t deserve an opportunity.”