ESPN is predicting that Floyd Mayweather Jr. will defeat WBC welterweight champion Victor Ortiz via knockout

ESPN is predicting that Floyd Mayweather Jr. will defeat WBC welterweight champion Victor Ortiz via knockout and maintain his undefeated record. ESPN analyzed the Mayweather-Ortiz bout in 12 Rounds, wherein they considered 12 key areas that will affect the outcome of the bout. The variables considered by ESPN are: punching power, experience, speed, durability, tenacity, stamina, versatility, consistency, technical soundness, current form, corners, a wild card. Given all these variables, ESPN predicts a late knockout victory for Mayweather, preserving his unbeaten streak to 42 bouts. Power, tenacity and form Ortiz is given the edge in punching power, tenacity, and current form, while Mayweather has the advantage in the rest of the categories. ESPN notes that Ortiz “carries plenty of power in both hands and makes his punches count.” The 24-year-old champion has registered knockdowns in nearly all of his professional bouts, and in his most recent win last April, he floored Andre Berto twice on the way to a unanimous decision victory. Meanwhile, Mayweather’s last legitimate knockout win was against Ricky Hatton in 2007 – a 10th round technical knockout. Ortiz is also given the advantage in terms of tenacity, with ESPN saying Ortiz has exhibited “unshakeable determination to find a way to overcome a difficult situation.”
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