Advertisement
Advertisement

Mayweather Discusses Cotto Fight, Shreds Pacquiao, More

By Rick Reeno

Grant Sawyer State Building, Las Vegas - As BoxingScene.com had previously reported, WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. (42-0, 26KOs) officially announced his next opponent, WBA junior middleweight king Miguel Cotto (37-2, 30KOs). The fight takes place on May 5th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Mayweather revealed his opponent during a hearing before the Nevada State Athletic Commission. The state commission granted Mayweather's request to obtain a license to box on the scheduled May date.

Following his announcement, Mayweather discussed his feelings on the upcoming fight with Cotto, the fallout for a proposed mega-fight with Manny Pacquiao - and more.

BoxingScene.com: Thoughts on facing Miguel Cotto at 154.

Mayweather: I think Miguel Cotto is a hell of a fighter, a strong solid 154-pounder. Pacquiao was trying to fight him at 147. I would never want to put a fighter in a position where he's not comfortable. I want a guy when he's at his best. If he's at his best at 154 and he's strong and he's solid, then that's the fight we're fighting at. I walk around at 150, but the end of the day - skills pays the bills.

[Oscar] De La Hoya - Pacquiao fights him at a catch-weight. Cotto - he fights him at a catch-weight. When I fought De La Hoya, I said 'give him to me at 154.' With Cotto – ‘give him to me at 154.’ Give me the guys where they are comfortable at their weight so there are no excuses.

BoxingScene.com: What are your thoughts on Miguel Cotto as a fighter.

Mayweather: He's solid. Every time he goes out he puts on a hell of a performance. He's strong. He can punch good with the left and he can punch with the right. This is what the fans want to see, blood sweat and tears. I tried to give the fans blood, sweat and tears with Manny Pacquiao, but he didn't want the fight from the beginning. This guy is ducking and dodging. This guy got famous from basically piggy-backing off my name. When you mention Floyd Mayweather's name, you mention an all-time great in the sport of boxing. When you mention Pacquiao, you say 'that's the guy who is trying to fight Floyd Mayweather. '

BoxingScene.com: Are you upset with Manny Pacquiao not being the opponent for May 5th?

Mayweather: I presented Pacquiao with the fight. Pacquiao is blowing a lot of smoke up everybody's ass. He doesn’t really want to fight. I tried to get him to step up to the plate. We're talking about a $10 million dollar fighter that I tried to give $40 million dollars to, and we didn't even talk about the backend. Everything that everybody is hearing is a bunch of lies. I got proof. The proof is in the pudding. I got proof from all of my meetings with [Pacquiao’s adviser] Michael Koncz.

BoxingScene.com: What can we expect against Cotto?

Mayweather: You guys don’t have to worry about me backpedaling. I'm going to stand there and box, toe to toe, use my defense and do what I do best - get the victory.

BoxingScene.com: Thoughts on Cotto's last performance against Antonio Margarito?

Mayweather: I thought he did what he had to do. He executed a game plan. As far as the first fight, Miguel Cotto got beat by a guy who was cheating, a guy who they said I was scared of, a guy who was cheating. And then he fought Pacquiao and drained himself to fight him at a catch-weight.

BoxingScene.com: When you and Cotto were both at Top Rank, you wanted this fight back then. You said Top Rank wouldn't give you that fight. Was Cotto's decision to become a free agent the reason this fight is taking place?

Mayweather: I think Miguel Cotto, of course with him leaving Top Rank - he's going to make more money than he's ever made in his career. And that's what Floyd Mayweather brings to the table. Even with Manny Pacquiao, he was going to make more money than he's ever made in his career. If you look at the list, it goes on and one...De La Hoya, Hatton. Like I said before, out with the old and in with the new - Mayweather Promotions and Golden Boy Promotions.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by HeroBando on 07-19-2013

[QUOTE=JK1700;13570065]All of that is irrelevant. What is relevant is that Canelo only has to come in 1.5lbs lighter than his last fight and he's publicly stated several times that this will not be a problem for him. It's totally different…

Comment by JK1700 on 07-19-2013

[QUOTE=HeroBando;13557742]Let me remind you too why Floyd's request is more chickensh1t by any measure: 1. Pac waited till his 7th division, 10 above his starting. Floyd did it in 5. 2. Pac was moving up in weight both times, a…

Comment by ADP02 on 07-14-2013

[QUOTE=Davis40;13557858]There is no such thing as a lie when it comes to these fanboys defending their idol by any means necessary. Its in their handbook they never back down no matter how much they look like empty headed retards. They…

Comment by I Love Jesus! on 07-14-2013

[QUOTE=ADP02;13557807]:pat: This guy is trying to rewrite history ..... You sir have either no clue or are a bad liar![/QUOTE] There is no such thing as a lie when it comes to these fanboys defending their idol by any means…

Comment by ADP02 on 07-14-2013

[QUOTE=JK1700;13557638]Nah, there's a big difference. Pacquiao ruined DLH and Cotto before they got in the ring by using re-hydration clauses that meant they couldn't put on more than 2lbs after the weigh-in. Ideally both guys would've put on at least…

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (211)
Top Headlines Mayweather Backs Golden Boy's Decision on Canelo-Golovkin Freddie Roach Feels Albert Pagara Could Be Future World Champ "Fighting Words" - Keith Thurman: Once Upon A "One Time" Golovkin vs. Eubank Deal Hangs in The Balance Over Sky Money Deontay Wilder To Anthony Joshua: Why Wait? Let's Fight Now! Photos: Mayweather Hits BET Awards, Laila Ali Honors Father Video: Peter Quillin Discusses The Future of His Career Thurman: Porter Was Good With Pressure But Wasn't Effective Video: Chris Eubank Jr. Eager To Get Hands on Gennady Golovkin Video: Demetrius Andrade Rips Canelo, Talks Lara and Charlos NYSAC Doctor Explains Controversial Benavidez-Ntetu Stoppage Video: Sergio Martinez Gives Take on Canelo-Golovkin Situation Orlando Salido Still Confident He Did Enough To Unseat Vargas UKAD Refuses To Comment on Tyson Fury Doping Allegations Video: Daniel Jacobs on Thurman-Porter, Mora Rematch, More Thurman: One Win Won't Make Me Fill Mayweather's Shoes Video: Malignaggi Gives His Take on Canelo-Golovkin Situation DiBella: Thurman-Porter Edged Vargas-Salido for Fight of the Year Video: Anthony Joshua Details Breazeale KO, Future Targets Video: George Groves on Murray Win, World Title Shot Next Video: Eddie Hearn on Golovkin vs. Eubank, Joshua vs. Parker Eubank Jr: I Can't Wait To Take Golovkin's Scalp in England! Video: Jessie Vargas Reacts To Keith Thurman vs. Shawn Porter Thurman-Porter Most Watched Bout of 2016 To Date Anthony Johsua: Wilder, Fury, Haye - I'd Fight Any of Them! Video: Dominic Breazeale Reflects on KO Loss To Anthony Joshua Photos: Anthony Joshua Beats Up Breazeale, Knocks Him Out Team Fury Vehemently Denies Doping Allegations Anthony Joshua Eyes November Defense, With Joseph Parker Photos: Thurman vs. Porter Barclays War - MONSTER Gallery Keith Thurman Reiterates Desire To Fight Danny Garcia Video: Keith Thurman Talks Porter Win, Mayweather, The Future Photos: George Groves Shows Class in Win Over Martin Murray Photos: Eubank Sends Message To Golovkin by Crushing Doran Hearn: Canelo Lost Face, Eubank Ready To Face Golovkin! David Haye: Joshua is Not Anywhere Near Enough To Beat Me! Arum: Pacquiao's Options Are Broner, Danny Garcia, Crawford Joshua on Wilder: I'm On My Way To America, SHO Backing Me Porter: I Beat Thurman, We Need That Rematch - Fans Want It! Mike Alvarado Struggles in Win: Matt Korobov Decisions Vera
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement