Victor Ortiz plans to fight Floyd Mayweather Jr.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

WBC welterweight champion Victor Ortiz, a native of Garden City, told the Journal-World on Tuesday night that he plans to fight Floyd Mayweather Jr. on Sept. 16 in Las Vegas.

“I just need to look at the contract and make sure everything is OK,” Ortiz said. “It’s not 100 percent sure yet, but that’s what I’m setting my sights on.”

A lifelong Jayhawk fan who trains in Ventura, Calif., and enjoys spending his free time in Lawrence, Ortiz said he told his manager, Rolando Arellano, that he wanted to announce the fight in Lawrence and said Arellano will be in town today.

Ortiz (29-2-2) won the crown with a unanimous decision victory against Andre Berto on HBO on April 16.

Ortiz signed with Oscar De La Hoya’s “Golden Boy Promotions” in 2008. He said De La Hoya “is interested in coming to a basketball game in Allen Fieldhouse.

De La Hoya also has discussed the possibility of Ortiz fighting in Allen Fieldhouse, Livestrong Sporting Park or the Sprint Center, according to Ortiz.

“That would be so awesome,” Ortiz said of fighting in Allen Fieldhouse.