Mayweather Using Too Much Pacquiao to Hype His Fight with Ortiz
When Floyd is about to fight another famous American boxer Shane Mosley, Manny Pacquiao’s name is like poison and became a banned subject in all of his media interviews. After a long layoff from the ring, Floyd decided to fight a not too experienced fighter in Victor Ortiz. Surprisingly, Pacquiao became a very welcomed subject in his media interviews to hype his fight.
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To make the most money for an upcoming boxing promotion, the match-up should be one of the most clamored one at the most clamored time and place. The fight must be really interesting. The match-up must be anticipated to be a very exciting and meaningful fight. The bout must be the town’s much-talked about. The promotion must have selling points and the best is always the match-up itself.
But the promotion of the upcoming fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Victor Ortiz, it appears to be, is not the usual thing to hype a fight. So far, the Mayweather-Ortiz match-up comes out of the media like a Pacquiao-Mayweather fight. The Pacquiao factor tops the selling points of the Mayweather-Ortiz fight.
Ortiz is clearly the heavy underdog against Floyd unless you’re a die-hard Mexican fan. It seems there is no point discussing the chances of Victor to win the fight. Ortiz submitted himself to all of Floyd’s demands and that includes the unusual Olympic-style blood testing procedures which Floyd only started when everyone clamored him to fight the world’s most exciting and no. 1 Pound-for-Pound fighter Manny Pacquiao.
I’d like to hear more of how the matched-up fighters really fare – physical attributes and skills. But what we hear is more of the Pacquiao-Mayweather match-up. It seems Floyd is about to fight Pacquiao in the image of the left-handed Victor Ortiz by the way the fight is being promoted.
Floyd suddenly became so vocal about how he wanted that fight with Manny Pacquiao. He repeats it again and again in interviews and that utterance almost always attracts a good write up and report by the world’s sport media with a little mention about his fight with Ortiz.
When Floyd fought Sugar Shane Mosley, Floyd won’t mention Pacquiao’s name but with Victor Ortiz, almost all interviews is all about Manny Pacquiao.
The defamation case against Floyd filed by Pacquiao, it seems, is also helping hype the fight that whenever the case is reported, the upcoming Floyd-Ortiz fight is mentioned. Floyd intentionally absented himself in the scheduled deposition meetings repeatedly justifying that he is busy preparing to fight Ortiz.
I agree with Jeff Mayweather when he said that Floyd’s long absence from the ring helped in a way to make Pacquiao more famous. In that sense, Floyd now uses Pacquiao’s name to hype his unclamored fight with the left-handed Mexican.
If you’re just one of those casual boxing fans, it seems that is what it appears to be.
The interest and curiosity in the Floyd-Ortiz fight, in my opinion, is how Mayweather, after a long layoff, is doing and how he will fare with Pacquiao, at this point i time, if he ever fights him.
If the match-up between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Victor Ortiz sells, it is not only because Mayweather is fighting. It is because of the intriguing clamor to fight the world’s most exciting and Pound-for-Pound no.1 fighter Manny Pacquiao.