Floyd Mayweather Jr. insists he has the ultimate respect for May 5th opponent Miguel Cotto - but is supremely confident he will extend his record to 43-0 as a pro when they clash in Las Vegas. The 35-year-old has been granted the fight before starting a 90-day jail term on June 1 for domestic abuse and he is determined that he will maintain his perfect record.
"I respect Miguel Cotto as a man always. I think he has a beautiful family. I don't really know him, but he seems like a cool guy. But yes, I respect him as a man, what else can I say. Come May 5th he's going to have to make me respect his boxing skills. Every fighter you have to earn that; that's nothing you can't just get from me. Marquez he earned my respect, he made me earn his respect, a couple other guys made me earn their respect, Shane Mosley made me respect his power. But when it's all said and done I'm pretty sure they respect in my fighting skills also," Mayweather said.
But 31-year-old Cotto (37-2, 30KOs), at 154 pounds and clearly a bigger fighter than Mayweather has taken on since Oscar De La Hoya exactly five years ago on May 5, is considered a dangerous opponent.
However, Mayweather believes Cotto can be mentally tampered with.
"Well I just say like this, it was one mind trick when Bob Arum made him fight Pacquiao at a catchweight. He fell for that didn't he? Another mind trick is when his corner man didn't thoroughly check out the hand refs of Antonio Margarito. He fell for that didn't he? So if a guy fall for certain tricks he'll fall for it again," Mayweather said.