By Victor Ortiz with a thrilling 12-round unanimous decision over the unbeaten Andre Berto on Saturday at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Connecticut, the WBC welterweight title. With his victory, the 24-year-old answered lingering questions about his heart and chin and positioned himself for even grander prizes. Two years after nearly quitting the sport following a battering by Marcos Maidana, Ortiz (29-2-2) delivered his finest performance, knocking down Berto (27--1) in the first and sixth rounds while surviving two knockdowns. The win established Ortiz as a candidate for a big-money bout with Manny Pacquiao or Floyd Mayweather; it also reminded Berto's promoter, Lou DiBella, of another ferocious champ, the late Arturo Gatti. "[He] would have been very pleased with the fight," said DiBella.