Floyd Mayweather Jr. is so used to taking little potshots at Manny Pacquiao and Amir Khan at this point that he probably doesn’t even realize what he's doing anymore.
While discussing his coming September bout versus Victor Ortiz, Mayweather somehow managed to kill three birds -- Pacquiao, Khan and, amazingly enough, Ortiz himself -- with one stone. Here is what Floyd had to say regarding his next match during a recent ESPN interview:
"I am ready to return to the ring and give my fans a fantastic night of boxing by fighting the best out there," Mayweather said.
Wait, did he really just say “the best out there” in the same breath as Ortiz? Surely Mayweather simply misspoke with that one.
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"For me, that is Ortiz. He is the current champion and an extremely talented fighter who showed amazing skills - and heart - in his last performance against Andre Berto.”
Ortiz’s victory over Berto was undoubtedly impressive but, does that really make him the best? Wouldn’t “the best” fighter be the fighter that everyone commonly refers to as the best? You know, the guy who levied a massive lawsuit against Floyd not too long ago? Or, if Mayweather is feeling really rebellious, maybe even the youngbuck who has been taking shots at him through the media recently?
"At this stage of my career, these are the challenges I look for - a young, strong, rising star looking to make his mark in boxing by beating me. Like the rest of my opponents, he is going to try to prove that he can beat me.”
Unbelievable. So, Mayweather is looking for a young, rising star in boxing who wants to make his name via throwing Pretty Boy Floyd a beating. Who could possibly fit that description besides Ortiz? Oh, right.
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But hey, at least for once in his life, Mayweather is taking the mildly humble route and praising Ortiz, right? Good for him, for at least giving Ortiz a shot at upstaging him if nothing else.
"I commend him for accepting the fight but on September 17 Ortiz is just going to be another casualty, the 42nd one who tried and failed. Trust me, I will be ready."
The powers that be can keep pushing Pacquiao v. Mayweather back to 2012, 2013 and beyond, we don’t care anymore. Just give us hours upon hours of Floyd contradicting himself, taking low blow shots at other fighters and a few token guest appearances from his kooky relatives, and we should be sufficiently entertained for the foreseeable future.