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Quite a number of people, writer included, that undefeated boxer Floyd Mayweather’s (41-0, 25 KOs) move to arrange a September showdown with WBC welterweight champion Victor Ortiz (29-2-2, 22 KOs) was just a clear statement that he does not want to have any part of reigning pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao. But there are some experts who already voiced their opinion that the Ortiz fight could be a possible tune-up for a Pacquiao fight in May 2012.

Many boxing fans are now finding it hard to believe that Mayweather will agree to meet Pacquiao at any given day. But going back to the present, a Mayweather-Ortiz fight can be worth anyone’s while. While the perceived conclusion is almost unanimous, with Mayweather outpointing the tough Ortiz, it can be exciting for as long as it will last.

Mayweather-Ortiz is going to be a fight.

Boycott the fight? That can hardly be the case if a person is a true fight fan. Although the possibility for an upset is very minimal, any lover of the sport will be intrigued as to how Mayweather-Ortiz will fare.

“I think Ortiz is going to BRING IT like few have brought it to Floyd in his career,” ESPN boxing analyst John “Iceman” Scully told this writer. “But for a while anyway. I see Floyd at his best figuring him out and rising well above him.”

For former professional boxer and current boxing trainer Stacy Goodson of Arkansas, the matchup will end with Ortiz losing. Goodson, however, believes that Ortiz will go down giving everyone a good show.

“It’s a fight, I tell you,” Goodson emailed this writer. “It’s going to be a good fight. Another win for Floyd but Ortiz will give him hell before he loses.”

There is a certain appeal that emanates from the matchup; Mayweather fighting a hard-hitting southpaw might be a preparatory course for a future bout with Pacquiao. But unless Mayweather and Pacquiao affix their signatures on the dotted line, nothing can be concrete.

Photo credits: Ducendux.com

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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.