Sunday 22nd October 2017,
Sports Alchemist
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Victor Ortiz-Floyd Mayweather Jr. : Victor’s Reason to Succeed

Victor Ortiz posed his usual stance with Floyd Mayweather Jr. in their first press conference…

Everyone thought he was a southpaw, but actually, he is a natural right-hander. His defense is better and he packs so much power while fighting on his left hand. Nobody really noticed it and most of the time, no one really cared. It has always been like that for most part of his career—he was always underestimated and unnoticed, even after winning his WBC welterweight title against Andre Berto. It was a controversial win, with Berto accusing him of taking PEDS or steroids. However, Victor strived on the thought of winning…

Victor, at an early age of ten, has already dealt with life more than you can ever imagine. His mother left their family for another man and his father abandoned them five years later. He & his siblings were left to fend for themselves before going to foster care. Victor was bound to fail. Everyone expected him to go down and get buckled up. But despite the many reasons to fall, he found more reasons to succeed…

Victor always wanted a challenge and he wanted everyone to think that he cannot do it, that he is too small or just a hyped-up fighter. But in his heart, his fights were about his real struggles… his life. That was what made him a better fighter and a matured student of life…

This coming September 17 would be the biggest fight of his career, his biggest stage with this magnitude, against a top pound per pound fighter in Floyd Mayweather Jr. Of all the boxers that could match up with Mayweather, Victor is the perfect dancing rehearsal partner for his face-off with Manny Pacquiao someday. Will there really be a Pacquiao-Mayweather showdown? That remained a question and a trending topic, even at the Mayweather-Ortiz fight’s presscon. And once again, Victor, on his biggest fight, came unnoticed. But this is where he thrived most, behind the limelight…

This fight is not all about Victor’s claim to money and fame. This is for all the people who believed, for all who struggled and most of all, for the life he lived.

Everybody expected Victor to fall… the very reason why he always succeeds.

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