Ortiz: I let my boxing do the talking
I was recently asked what I did with the first big check I ever made in boxing. I wish I could tell you I went out and bought all of these luxurious things, but it really wouldn’t be my style. Maybe it’s because I never had all of those things growing up, but for whatever reason I really just don’t bother with shopping and trying to prove to everyone that I made it.
I made it through being humble and outworking all of my opponents, not because I had the nicest cars or fancy jewelry. Later in life when I’m retired and have a family on my own and will be able to send my kids to college, that’s when I’ll start spending. Way too many athletes go broke these days, and I like saving my money so that I can ensure my family and friends currently and after me will never have to endure some of the things I did when I was a kid. All those fancy cars and houses are just a way for people to show off their money. I let my boxing do the talking.
I did make some investments, though. I have a trucking company called Ortiz Trucking with six trucks already. I figure that could be a solid side business to grow some of my winnings instead of having them lie around or be spent.
I live alone and when camp is in session my manager Rolando Arellano comes and stays with me. I really like living alone because it allows me to clear my mind and relax. When I’m training for a fight and Rolando comes it’s all about boxing. It’s all about my opponent and my strategy and how I can get an edge. Everyone when they think of me thinks of a boxer, but to me I’m just a guy. I don’t want to talk about boxing every second and living alone really lets me kick back and relax.
I don’t really watch too many TV shows but “The Fighter” was a great movie. It was really cool to see the dynamic between the two brothers – one who allowed for the pressure of drugs and fame to take over his career and one that just wanted to win. I like to think of myself as someone who wants to win and can resist those temptations because of the love of the game. I also have the support of my team who always make sure to keep me in line.
Episode No. 2 of the all-access reality series “24/7 Mayweather/Ortiz” premieres Saturday, Sept. 3 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on HBO. Episode #1 is available at HBO on Demand and HBO Go in addition to replays on the network. The four-part series premieres on three consecutive Saturday nights before the finale airs the night before the welterweight championship showdown in Las Vegas.
Mayweather-Ortiz headlines the “STAR POWER” event – during which three titles will be on the line in separate fights – on Saturday, Sept. 17. It will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View beginning at 9 p.m. ET.