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Floyd Mayweather, Jr. finally broke his silence and posted his ring return this September, more than a year since the last time he fought. And as usual, he will not be fighting rival Manny Pacquiao, a matchup possibility that made casual and hardcore boxing fans titillate since Pacquiao demolished Oscar dela Hoya back in 2008.

As time passed by, that possibility grew dimmer and dimmer as Mayweather started to demand Olympic-style blood tests with the insinuation that Pacquiao achieved incredible boxing feats, which included breaking through the boxing ranks from lightweight to light middleweight and winning an unprecedented eight titles in eight divisions, by juicing up on steroids. After two failed negotiations, it is still unclear whether both men will ever square off in the ring.

However, Mayweather did not have a single problem of picking recently crowned WBC welterweight champion Victor Ortiz as his next opponent since his unanimous decision victory over Shane Mosley. Ortiz had a tough time in slugging it out with then WBC welterweight beltholder Andre Berto last April 2011, knocking Berto down and himself getting nailed to the canvas as well. Ortiz scored a unanimous decision win over the previously undefeated American-Haitian pugilist.

Mayweather is unbeaten in 41 fights but has been sporadic in terms of activity and his last win by knockout was in 2007, before going into a semi-retirement state. But as far as quality is concerned, Mayweather is still topnotch and easily outclasses Ortiz in paper. But the young Mexican-American can be a threat, even to Mayweather. Ortiz won five of his last six fights with one bout ending in a majority draw since losing to Marcos Maidana in 2009.

The WBC welterweight champ should understand that this is the biggest fight of his career and the gravity of the situation A victory for Ortiz will definitely land him a spot versus Pacquiao, should Pacquiao wins against Juan Manuel Marquez on November 2011.

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Kenneth P. Ragpala is an award-winning sports blogger who has been covering the sport of boxing since 2008. His works have appeared in local newspapers in his home city in Cagayan de Oro and in several online publications abroad. Ragpala has written for several boxing websites, namely Fight Hype, 8 Count News, and Bleacher Report.