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Floyd Mayweather: Top Rank Protected Cotto From Me

By Rick Reeno

Floyd Mayweather Jr. lashed out at the suggestion that he ducked a fight with Miguel Cotto in 2005, when both of them were rising junior welterweights under Top Rank's promotional banner. According to Mayweather, he requested a fight with Cotto in 2005, and then Top Rank responded by matching him with a "test opponent" to get a better idea on how a Cotto fight would potentially play out in the ring. The opponent, Henry Bruseles, was dominated and stopped in eight rounds.

"We asked for the fight. They said we'll use Bruseles [as a test]. Go back and look, he had the same identical style, came from the same stable. They said 'this is a tester, let us see how the fight would play out.' They did [the Bruseles fight] and said 'no that's not going to happen' [to a Cotto fight]," Mayweather said.

Mayweather's adviser, Leonard Ellerbe, chimed in, claiming Top Rank President Todd duBoef was always against the fight. - "[Cotto] was always Todd's own personal pet project. Coming up through the ranks, they would never, never put Cotto anywhere near Floyd."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Luis Resto on 09-24-2011

I'm not surprised. Cotto is a coward. He didn't want no rematch with Mosley... Cuz it was gonna be in L.A. He ducked Martinez n Super Man Cintron for Mayorga... Wtf. He cheated against Judah... Low blows all night. He…

Comment by tatangb45 on 09-17-2011

[QUOTE=GRUSTLER;11155270]Pretty DUMB and BIAS logic. So your saying that it was ok for Cotto to duck Floyd in 05 EVENTHOUGH Cotto was the defending WBO, Junior Welterweight champion since 04 because according to you he was "green" but all of…

Comment by big_james10 on 09-17-2011

[QUOTE=daggum;11154194]this is boxing. everything is always wrong. cotto possibly ducked mayweather for a very small period in 2005 but floyd ducked him for 4 plus years. [B]of course mayweather is more in the wrong.[/B] cotto was just a good fighter…

Comment by GRUSTLER on 09-17-2011

[QUOTE=SekondzOut;11154316]:lol1: I remember...Cotto looked like he just saw a ghost...and Hatton looked like he wanted to get back to the UK as fast as possible lol[/QUOTE] I remember that. Cotto didn't even want to look in the camera when it…

Comment by GRUSTLER on 09-17-2011

[QUOTE=daggum;11154194]this is boxing. everything is always wrong. [B]cotto possibly ducked mayweather for a very small period in 2005 but floyd ducked him for 4 plus years. of course mayweather is more in the wrong. cotto was just a good fighter…

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