On Saturday night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada, WBC welterweight titleholder Victor Ortiz will become the 42nd boxer who will try to alter Mayweather's unblemished career record.
And if Ortiz runs away with an upset win, Mayweather could be facing Manny Pacquiao next year with a tainted 41-1 win-loss tag.
At 41-1, Mayweather will be negotiating with Pacquiao on less-stronger position than he would have if he is successful in preserving his 41-0 entry in the record books.
Mayweather's "0" has been widely used on a position of strength in many of his negotiations with his prospective opponents. With an unblemished record, he has always maintained an upper hand in the negotiating process.
Mayweather's unblemished record makes him credible as a top-caliber boxer and he would do just about anything to preserve it.
And this is the reason some critics and fans have criticized him for hand-picking or in the words of boxing fans—"cherry picking" his opponents, to ensure he wins his bouts and ultimately preserves his "0".
What are the implications of a Mayweather loss on Saturday against Ortiz? Will it speed up negotiations for a Pacquiao vs. Mayweather fight next year?
A loss by Mayweather will most likely lead to a less-egotistic stance on the part of the unbeaten fighter as he won't be able to wave his unbeaten flag to signify his superiority over the other fighters in his category.
Likewise, he won't be able to negotiate on the position of strength against Pacquiao as he too is no longer unbeaten in the records of Wikipedia and Boxrec.
It is therefore of paramount importance that he wins over Ortiz in order to maintain his position of strength in negotiating with Pacquaio or with any deserving opponent.
A win by Ortiz will make him an overnight sports sensation with a real opportunity to face Pacquiao, his former sparring partner, who is bent on passing the boxing torch to him when the Filipino boxing star retires possibly in 2013 to pursue a career in politics.
Will Ortiz be Pacquiao's torch-bearer? If he secures a less-likely win, he might just be the world's next boxing idol who deserves to carry Pacquiao's torch.
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