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This evening Floyd Mayweather hopes to get his 42nd win in a row when he comes up against twenty four year old Victor Ortiz. In a card dubbed ‘Star Power’, the two meet at the MGM Gran Arena, Las Vegas, in the most anticipated boxing match of the year. Despite Mayweather’s swelling popularity, many are hoping for an upset to come via a win for Victor Ortiz.

Mayweather (41-0 25KOs), still only thirty-four - though you would think he has been in the public eye for decades - is one of the biggest draws in boxing today, with his only real competition in popularity coming from fellow Welterweight Manny Pacquiao.

Mayweather won his first title in 1998 in his 18th professional boxing fight, beating champion Genaro Hernandez for the WBC Super Featherweight belt. Since then, he has faced some of the best boxers around, beating the likes of Shane Mosley, Juan Manuel Marquez, Ricky Hatton, Oscar De La Hoya and Zab Judah. ‘Money’s' CV is almost impeccable. I say almost, because there is one fight left for him to take, which you will probably already know about and I will come to later.

The underdog for this fight, Victor Ortiz (29-2-2 22KOs), found himself in the top end of the welterweight division after beating then-highly-regarded Andre Berto in a match that is a favourite to be crowned ‘Fight of the Year’. He picked up the WBC World Welterweight title from his victory over Berto, and with it came an even better prize; a match-up with Floyd Mayweather.

Can Victor Ortiz Beat Floyd Mayweather?

The odds are against Ortiz here. Unlike Mayweather, southpaw Ortiz has two losses to his name. The first came in his eighth professional fight against Corey Alacarn, a fighter whose main claim to fame is beating the wonder kid. From August 2004 until March 2009, Alacarn had ten fights. He lost all of them but one – his victory over Ortiz. ‘Vicious’ Ortiz’ second professional loss came across talented heavy-hitter Marcos Maidana, a loss that is by no means humiliating but does raise doubts over whether Ortiz can cope with Mayweather.

One thing the kid from Kansas does have on his side is his fight frequency. Since May 2010, Ortiz has had four fights to Mayweather’s one. He is coming off the back of his thrilling win over Andre Berto, and he will surely be looking to capitalise on his form. This may not be such a big advantage, however, because Floyd Mayweather is known for his excellent conditioning. Unlike fighters such as Ricky Hatton, who gorged themselves after fights, Mayweather is in top-shape all year round.

Over to You:Will Floyd Mayweather Beat Victor Ortiz?

Why Floyd Mayweather Needs to Win

An upset in tonight's fight would be exciting from a dramatic point of view, but for the sake of boxing we need Mayweather to win. The reason for this is the fight I mentioned earlier. It is the only fight that Mayweather owes the boxing public before he retires. You know who it is against. Floyd Mayweather must beat Victor Ortiz so that we can keep alive hopes of a Mayweather-Pacquiao match.

If Ortiz were to betray his underdog status and damage Mayweather’s pristine record, the long-awaited fight between Mayweather and Pacquiao would be devalued. It would still happen, because this has been talked about for far too long for it not to. Part of its marketing though, is Mayweather’s unbeaten record, and many feel Pacquiao is the only man who can end it. Odds are we will see a Mayweather victory on Saturday and we need not worry. Whatever the result though, it promises to be a thrilling fight.

Also on the Star Power Card

Erik Morales and Pablo Cesar Cano fight for the vacant WBC Light Welterweight title.

Prospect Jessie Vargas comes up against Josesito Lopez in a ten round lightweight fight

Said Quali vs Carson Jones  - 10 rounds welterweight

Marco Anotnio Periban vs Dhafir Smith -8 round super

Anthony Crolla vs Juan Montiel - 8 rounds lightweight

Adonis Stevenson vs Dion Savage - 6 rounds super middleweight

Kyrone Butler vs Cassius Clay - 4 rounds super featherweight

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