Mayweather: Ortiz is Not Smarter or More Disciplined

By Chris LaBate

Floyd Mayweather Jr. is very confident as the upcoming fight with Victor Ortiz approaches. Mayweather will attempt to capture Ortiz's WBC welterweight title on September 17th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Ortiz is bigger, younger and stronger, but Mayweather believes his speed, defense and overall skill will win the fight. He's bigger, but is [Ortiz] the smarter, more disciplined fighter? I'm walking around at 150 [pounds for the 147-pound fight], not [160-plus] like him. I'm responsible. I believe my speed remains, and we know how everyone describes me as a defensive fighter. I'm not in this sport to take punishment. I'll be fine, Mayweather told the Los Angeles Times.By the time Mayweather steps in the ring, the boxer will be coming off a 16-month layoff. Ortiz and his trainer Danny Garcia believe the layoff will affect him, but Mayweather disagrees. The layoff won't hurt me. It helps me. I get mentally stronger, enjoying seeing my children get stronger, knowing even more about the sport. Self-preservation is an important thing to me. I'm staying sharp without getting beat up in there, Mayweather said.Tags: Floyd Mayweather Jr. , Victor Ortiz , Mayweather-Ortiz , Mayweather vs Ortiz