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De La Hoya: Mayweather Beat Tired, Not at His Peak Cotto

By Keith Idec

Floyd Mayweather Jr. has heard all this before.

He is getting too old. He is getting hit too much. He takes off too much time between fights.

These debatable possibilities all are fuel for anyone giving Robert Guerrero a chance to overcome odds (6-1) and a significant skill disadvantage Saturday night in Las Vegas (9 p.m., Showtime Pay-Per-View, $69.99).

Mayweather (43-0, 26 KOs) definitely got hit more during his last fight against Miguel Cotto than we're used to seeing, perhaps more than in any scrap since his narrow win against Jose Luis Castillo in their first fight 11 years ago.

"Floyd Mayweather fought a Cotto that was tired, a Cotto that was a little slow, a Cotto that wasn't at his peak," said Oscar De La Hoya, whose company promotes Guerrero. "What Cotto was able to do to Floyd was he was able to hit him. He was able to make it a fight, to bruise him up, to slow him down.

"So you take Robert 'The Ghost' Guerrero, who's a southpaw, who's younger, who's fresher, who is going to go in there motivated off a great win against Andre Berto. It's going to be interesting."

Boxing's pound-for-pound king still soundly defeated Cotto, whose performance drew praise despite him losing at least nine of the 12 rounds.

Mayweather made it perfectly clear that he doesn't believe Guerrero (31-1-1, 18 KOs, 2 NC) is nearly as dangerous as Cotto (37-4, 30 KOs), even though Guerrero is coming off an impressive upset of Andre Berto (28-2, 22 KOs) on Nov. 24 in Ontario, Calif.

"The difference between Miguel Cotto and Robert Guerrero is Miguel Cotto has a lot more experience than he has," said Mayweather, 36. "Miguel Cotto came into the [ring] as a super-middleweight at 168 [pounds]. I came in 147. So I was in with a super-middleweight fighting a welterweight. They're two totally different fighters. Miguel Cotto is a much bigger puncher."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by KJB on 05-02-2013

[QUOTE=Jack Napier;13312769]it's too bad Floyd didn't fight Cotto in 08 like he shoulda done he woulda beaten him worse and it actually woulda mattered he still smoked Cotto clearly, but it was too late for it to be big that…

Comment by Ringlife on 05-01-2013

Oscar needs to shut up is he on that coke s**t again.

Comment by FALLENSOLDIER on 05-01-2013

[QUOTE=lfc19titles;13313585]haha everyone knows this when the ww division was at its best prime williams, margo and cotto, what did floyd do? retire and return to fight cherry pickings lol the guy then ducked the his ultimate test, the pacman thats…

Comment by FALLENSOLDIER on 05-01-2013

[QUOTE=JohnDough;13312761]That's sad. The man sitting makingt all this money off Money and talks bad about him at every opportunity. Oscar is still mad about losing to Floyd and Floyd not giving him the rematch. Jealous bytch!!!![/QUOTE] Actually its a game…

Comment by Reloaded on 05-01-2013

[QUOTE=ihatebobarum;13312753]stfu cross dresser[/QUOTE] He is doing what he is supposed to be doing promoting the fight , would not be right if he said Floyd is an ATG thats going to beat the crap out of Guerrero .

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