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Ortiz primed for a breakout '09

From his hard-hitting, crowd-pleasing style to his boyish charm, what's not to like about Victor Ortiz? Dan Rafael foresees many years at the top of the sport to come for boxing's next big star.

Originally Published: December 29, 2008
By Dan Rafael | ESPN.com

A few days before Oscar De La Hoya faced Manny Pacquiao in Las Vegas on Dec. 6, De La Hoya took to the podium at the final news conference to make his remarks.

De La Hoya, of course, did his job to hype the pay-per-view fight. He also took time to thank his team and the numerous sponsors involved in the year's biggest fight. But just before wrapping up, De La Hoya had a special thank you to dole out.

This one went to "Vicious" Victor Ortiz, a 21-year-old junior welterweight ...

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