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Mayweather Offers Cotto Respect, Miguel Eyes Upset

Floyd Mayweather Jr. has labelled Miguel Cotto a 'true warrior' ahead of their World Boxing Association (WBA) super welterweight title fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

Mayweather is undefeated in 42 bouts (26 KOs) and Cotto is expected to put up a stern challenge in Saturday's contest in Las Vegas.

The flamboyant 35-year-old, nicknamed 'Money', is renowned almost as much for taunting his opponents outside the ring as for dominating them inside the ropes.

However, this time Mayweather Jr. has struck a complimentary tone and is full of respect for his opponent.

"Miguel is a true warrior, a tough champion, and to go down in the Hall of Fame as one of the best, you have to face the true champions out there," explained Mayweather.

On paper, the contest matches the peerless speed of Mayweather against the relentless body-punching of Cotto, but each man was at pains to play down his perceived advantages.

"I may come out and not be that fast," he continued. "He may come out and be fast.

"You don't know what they've been working on in their camp. They may have been working on just a certain thing just to get his speed up."

Cotto, 37-2 (30 KOs), who successfully defended his crown with a 10th-round technical knockout win over Antonio Margarito in December, was also full of respect ahead of the fight..

"He's been a gentleman the whole way with me," commented Cotto. "I've been a gentleman with him. That's the way it should be. You get paid to fight in the ring, not outside the ring."

The two men have been mooted as possible opponents since both were campaigning as super lightweights, but Cotto felt his chances would have been significantly diminished had they met earlier in his career.

"I didn't think about him because he was a great champion, he was a guy who was above me on all levels," he said.

"But now, we are in the same boat, and the preparation we had in our camp is going to be what gives us the victory on Saturday."

Mayweather Jr. might be undefeated in his career, but Cotto is quietly confident of breaking that record in Saturday's bout.

"Nobody has found the way to beat Floyd Mayweather so far," he concluded. "You're going to see how a person can beat Floyd Mayweather on Saturday."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by GRUSTLER on 05-04-2012

[QUOTE=spoonwars;12074653]Me hating on Mayweather? I'm just sharing what the dude says at times. Back then, way back then, Mayweather was asked on ESPN, "Why don't you step into the ring with Miguel Cotto?" Remember, this was a segment on video,…

Comment by jbpanama on 05-03-2012

[QUOTE=spoonwars;12074501]Did Cotto say "all levels" in which category? Business? Ability to duck?[/QUOTE] Not to Mention Hugging Kissing, and Kane Polishing???

Comment by jbpanama on 05-03-2012

[QUOTE=alexander28;12075419]Thats right mayweather usualy talks ***** about his foes![/QUOTE] Evan Hugged and Blew Instructions into Ortiz' Ear!!!

Comment by Dr. Ill on 05-03-2012

[QUOTE=jrrod02;12075383][B]It's weird to hear Mayweather speak nicely of his opponent.[/B] That is not what we want to hear, we want hatred, anger and a possible weigh in brawl. Why? Because that will be more exciting than the actual fight. After…

Comment by alexander28 on 05-03-2012

Thats right mayweather usualy talks ***** about his foes!

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