By Keith Idec
If Miguel Cotto is bothered by his fight Saturday night being overshadowed by an enormous event on the same night, he wasn’t about to admit it Monday.
Cotto said during a conference call that he isn’t concerned with all the fan and media attention that has been paid to the Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Conor McGregor fight on the same night as his bout with Yoshihiro Kamegai. HBO will televise the Cotto-Kamegai clash as the main event of a “World Championship Boxing” doubleheader from StubHub Center in Carson, California (9:45 p.m. ET/6:45 p.m. PT).
It is possible that Cotto-Kamegai could end before the Mayweather-McGregor fight begins. Showtime Pay-Per-View will televise Mayweather-McGregor as the main event of a four-fight show that’ll cost $99.95 to watch in HD.
“I arrived here in L.A. at the beginning of July to start my training time,” Cotto said Monday. “I’ve only come here with one thing on my mind, and that’s just getting ready for Kamegai. And I’ve been doing a great job here in L.A., and I have no time and no space in my mind to think about another thing, you know?
“I’m just ready for Kamegai. I’m just thinking about the Kamegai fight, and whatever and whoever has another fight on the same day, they have to think about their fight.”
The 36-year-old Cotto (40-5, 33 KOs) and the 40-year-old Mayweather (49-0, 26 KOs) have always been respectful toward one another, thus it wasn’t surprising that Cotto didn’t criticize Mayweather-McGregor. Mayweather beat Cotto by unanimous decision in their 12-round, 154-pound fight in May 2012, a physical fight Mayweather has since said was one of the toughest of his 20-year pro career.
Puerto Rico’s Cotto will fight for the first time Saturday night since he lost a unanimous decision to Mexico’s Canelo Alvarez (49-1-1, 34 KOs) in their 12-round fight for the WBC middleweight title in November 2015. His 12-rounder against Japan’s Kamegai (27-3-2, 24 KOs) will be contested for the vacant WBO super welterweight title Alvarez owned before committing to fighting Gennady Golovkin for Golovkin’s middleweight titles September 16 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas (HBO Pay-Per-View).
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.