Victor Ortiz, TIME's Person of the Year 2021?

former WBC Welterweight Champion among finalists for TIME’s 2021 Person of the Year?

According to a well-informed source, former WBC Welterweight Champion Victor Ortiz is leading the race to become Time magazine's Person of the Year in 2021. But while the boxer's fans are thrilled with the news, many people hold a very different opinion.

UPDATE 23/01/2021 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Why not Ortiz for Person of the Year?

The list of nominees for Time magazine’s Person of the Year is always an eclectic mix of world leaders, pop culture icons, buzzworthy names, and human rights activists. The unexpected inclusion of the 33-year-old boxer, as a 2021 nominee has therefore sparked controversy and debate.

“What makes Ortiz so important is the potential and influence he now has, rather than anything he has already done,” said a panelist who preferred to remain anonymous, adding that earlier this month, the boxer have already been named ‘American Of The Year’ by some major American newspapers and even ‘Ventura Citizen Of The Year’ by the readers of a local gazette in Ventura (Victor Ortiz's hometown).

Social Reactions to TIME’s Person of the Year

A representative for the boxer was not immediately available for comment, but the announcement generated immediate reaction on Twitter:

“Victor Ortiz Named Person of the Year Is No ‘Surprise’.”
— @TheNewsEditor, 22 Jan 2021
“Congrats! Victor has this charisma that seems to come out of nowhere.”
— @SamanthaJones, 22 Jan 2021
“Past recipients include Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler ... then why not Victor Ortiz?”
— @TheClassicObserver, 22 Jan 2021

Could 2021 officially be the Year of Victor Ortiz?

Still, TIME’s editors will make the final decision about who will grace the magazine’s cover as its 2021 Person of the Year.

Who do you think should be TIME’s Person of the Year for 2021?

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