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Steve Bunce on Mayweather vs Ortiz:

WBC Welterweight Title
When: 17th September Live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas
What: Floyd Mayweather Jr vs Victor Ortiz
Where: All on Primetime: Sky channel 480, Virgin Media ‘On Demand’ and online at www.primetimelive.co.uk

As the Star Power Pay-Per-View draws closer we sat down with Britain’s favourite boxing pundit Steve Bunce to get his thoughts on the changing boxing landscape and the exciting Mayweather vs Ortiz fight card.
Here’s what Steve had to say on Primetime development in 2011;

“Here’s the truth: Primetime have achieved so much more this year than they were meant to. Let’s not mince our words, if you’d said to me in January that in September we’d be talking after two magnificent Amir Khan fights, both of which had staggering figures, and previewing a Floyd Mayweather fight on Primetime, I’d have told you to get off to the loony bin! What’s happened this year has been unbelievable and it just shows there is a real appetite for quality fights away from where they’ve generally been shown.”  
On working with Andy Kerr again;

“I love working with little Andy and the only reason I wasn’t with Andy Kerr in 2010, for the Carl Froch fights, was due to a prior commitment to the BBC; they booked me first and I’m an honourable man. It was a shame really but I’m looking forward to being back with him and let’s hope this becomes a regular pairing.”

On Mayweather vs Ortiz;

“I’m always excited to see Mayweather returning to the ring, but there is another factor with this fight and it’s one no one wants to talk about. What if this is the fight where he becomes an old man who’s taken too many long breaks? Everyone seems to assume it won’t happen to him but here’s a straight boxing fact – it happens to every single fighter. There is a point in every career when they’re not the fighter they once were. Now we don’t know if this is the case but it will happen at some point.”

“Ortiz, sure he can get hit on the chin, but he can bang people on the chin. He’s fast and he can hurt and drop good fighters. He knows this is his Superbowl, his FA Cup final all rolled into one and it gives this fight a little something extra. This is not an exhibition.”
“I liked Mayweather’s fights against the veterans Moseley and Marquez, but you always thought he was going to comfortably win them over 12 rounds. Hey, he might blow Ortiz away in 2 rounds but I think there will be a lot more excitement as there are far more unknowns attached to this fight. It’s Mayweather back in the ring and it doesn’t get much bigger than that!”

“I think Amir Khan would be a dangerous opponent for Mayweather. Khan is clever and he’s big. I think Amir has the style to give Mayweather some real problems. But let’s take Amir out of the equation as he’s not proven at Welterweight yet. It’s possible that Ortiz is not the most most dangerous opponent Mayweather could have faced but there’s dozens of easier ones he could of taken – other fights that would probably have given him a better pay day. This is a title fight and he’s taken a real fight, I think this shows an intention to carry on fighting, to become busier.”

“In modern boxing fighters get moved into position but sooner or later they have to fight, Ortiz may have been beaten by Maidana, but he had Maidana on the floor and got beaten down the stretch. He drew with Peterson and he didn’t look great but Peterson is a good enough fighter. The minute he stepped up against an unbeaten World Champion he did the business. Berto was being moved towards a fight with Mayweather and in the last year or 18 months there were reports suggesting Mayweather didn’t fancy Berto. I didn’t like how the Maidana fight ended for Ortiz but the Berto fight was redemption and he’s earned the right to be here. The kid stepped up when he had to and faced down the doubters to win the title.”
“Ortiz is fast, he’s faster and younger than Moseley. Let’s remember Moseley caught and really hurt Mayweather. Can Ortiz catch him like that? Yes. Can Ortiz hurt him like that? Yes. Would Ortiz let him off the hook if he hurt him like that? The answer is probably no, and that’s what gives this fight intrigue. I think we’ll see a far more positive Mayweather here and I think he wants to make a statement. I think he’s looking at Pacquiao, who’s loved and adored by everyone, and I think he wants to make a statement and catch up again in the popularity stakes. I think Ortiz is a risky fight in many ways, but when you win you win it big. I don’t see 12 boring rounds, I see Mayweather really going for it!”
On a potential Mayweather vs Pacquiao;
“It was a fight that should have happened in May 2008 in my opinion. It didn’t happen but I’d love to see it happen. It’s a massive fight that will break records everywhere. People want this fight to happen, boxing fans want it, people who couldn’t pick them out of a line up want to see it because they know about it. I can’t think of any sport where the top two athletes or competitors have failed to meet for what is 4 years and could be 5 or 6. I have a feeling now that it will happen, I feel more that it will happen now than I did in 2009 or 2010 when I thought it was gone. Now I think it will happen.”

On Alvarez vs Gomez;

“I like Alvarez but I think he’s been put under too much pressure to perform. The Gomez fight is the perfect platform for him and he’s even predicting the type of punch he’ll finish him with – the perfect Mexican punch a left hook to the liver.”  
“I think Alvarez was pushed a bit too hard and a bit too quick. He’s a different type of fighter, he’s never going to be sensational but he’s a good fighter. He’s not the second coming of Oscar De La hoya, he’s the first coming of Canelo Alvarez.”
“In modern boxing the concept of a legitimate contender has become a bit twisted. Is Gomez marketable?  Yes. Is he good enough? Yes – is he the scariest light-middle on the planet? No, and so what? This is not a big-money showdown between two undefeated fighters, each with World titles. Gomez is ultra-brave, a good contender and this will be a good fight and that is what fans want.”
On Morales vs Matthyse;

“We don’t know what Morales has got left, we thought he was finished 8 or 9 years ago. You can’t rule Morales out of anything. If he’s not the best Mexican of all time he’s in the top 3 and it’s always a pleasure to be involved in a Morales fight.”
“Matthyse is strong and dangerous. He’s lost two against good fighters and dropped both of them. Will he have too much for Morales? Can he look good or is it possible to look good against someone like Erik Morales? Devon Alexander and Zab Judah beat him and are good fighters, but they are not and never were in the same elite league as Morales. That’s how you get really tested, fighting someone like Morales. He may not be at his ideal weight and he may be past his best but he’s still a good fighter as Maidana found out.”
“I think we’ll see Floyd Mayweather in the rarest of things for a Mayweather fight: The fight of the night. He’s arguably the best fighter in the world pound for pound but he’s rarely in fight of the night, Roy Jones was not in a fight of the night at his peak. The guys who are usually in the fight of the night are guys who narrowly defend titles or lose titles within 3 fights. The Alvarez vs Gomez fight will give us some fantastic moments before Alvarez does a job on him and Morales vs Matthyse will be a tear up, but I just have a feeling Mayweather vs Ortiz will be the fight of the night.”

On the future for Pay-Per-View boxing;

“The way pay-per-views and boxing have gone over the last 10 years proves that you can do the business with just one main event – that was then, this is now. The problem is if the one and only main event is a bad, it backfires drastically; the only way the business survives is to have a good top of the bill, a good number 2, a good number 3, and then some intrigue in a fourth or even a fifth fight. This card is about as good as it gets in modern boxing. Sure you could create 3 better fights but it comes down to money. There are wage restraints here; people sometimes forget that promoters and TV companies don’t work with an open cheque book. That’s not a justification for bad cards or non undercards, which we’ve seen in recent years, but it is the financial reality of boxing in 2011. However this card ticks all the boxes and I can’t wait for fight night and seat next to Lord Kerr!”

The ‘Star Power’ pay-per-view is a packed night of boxing featuring 3 WBC title fights;
WBC Welterweight Title: Floyd Mayweather vs Victor Ortiz
WBC Light Middleweight Title: Canelo Alvarez vs Alfonso Gomez
WBC Light Welterweight Title: Erik Morales vs Lucas Matthyse
Also included in the pay-per-view broadcast is undefeated Light Welterweight Jessie Vargas vs Josesito Lopez.

British fighter Anthony Crolla will be fighting the Mexican Juan Manuel Montiel in a contest to be shown Free To View on Primetime in the lead in to the pay-per-view broadcast.

You can order the card for only £14.95 by calling 08712004444*, visiting www.primetimelive.co.uk or Virgin Media customers can purchase using the ‘On Demand’ menu. Customers on Sky must register the first time they use Primetime and once registered can purchase using the ‘box office’ menu.

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