” Did you watch Andre Berto fight this weekend?” inquired Dave the Barber as I walked into his old barber shop on San Fernando Road and Western:” It looked to me like that young boy, Ortiz might have taken something out of him few months ago. Now, I want you to picture this in your mind, what would happen if Victor beat Mayweather next Saturday? Would the good old Floyd asked for an immediate rematch?”
“Wow!” exclaimed Downtown Ronnie Brown:” You need to stick to cutting hair, because you don’t know didley about boxing. Ortiz has as much of shot of beating Floyd as there is a chance of snow falling down in Los Angeles tomorrow. Mayweather is going to school that boy, just like he said the other day, he would “son him”. I liked that on HBO. But let’s imagine for a second that we lived in a Twilight Zone and your dream would miraculously come through, Mayweather would be down for an immediate rematch. As brother Nazim once said, hurt Floyd and you risk waking up the dragon inside of him. That dragon would spit fire for instant revenge.”
“I think it would depend on how he lost,” countered Al the Barber:” If he lost on points he would claim that he won and demand an immediate rematch, but if he got beat up or knocked out, Floyd would be through just like prince Naseem Hamed was never the same after he got schooled by Barrera.”
“I don’t think you boys understand that there is a very good reason why Pretty Boy Floyd has never been beaten,” exclaimed Big Steve:” This boy started walking and boxing at the same time. He is even better at it than he is at talking smack and you all know how much he likes to talk trash. If he got beat he would have to ask for a rematch or may be, just may be, he would put a tail between his legs and ask to fight Manny, just like Zab Judah asked Mayweather after he lost to Baldomir.”
“Interesting scenario,” sighed Dave the Barber:” The way I see it, the question is if a trash talking, self proclaimed best fighter on the planet, Money Mayweather can deal with a loss. Some guys are just never the same, like that white boy, Kelly Pavlik. He was never the same after he got schooled by B-Hop. He didn’t even ask for a rematch after he got beat by Sergio Martinez. Some fighters shine after a loss. They just show why they are so special when they come back. Look at Sugar Ray Robinson, the best fighter ever, hands down. He took a loss to Jake La Motta in 1943 like it never happened and came back better than ever. He beat La Motta, not just the same year; he beat Jake the same month.”
An old Japanese proverb says:” We learn little from victory, much from defeat. ” We already know what happened to Victor Ortiz after a crushing loss and yet to find out about Floyd Mayweather.
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