Frank Warren Discusses Cotto vs Mayweather Bout

By Frank Warren

HOW many boxers could concentrate on the biggest fight of their lives knowing that they will be banged up for three months afterwards?

Win, lose or draw against Miguel Cotto at the MGM Grand tonight, on June 1 the world’s number one fighter Floyd Mayweather goes to Clark County Detention Center in Nevada to do time for domestic violence.

Tonight’s fight is the biggest of the year so far and is live on BoxNation in the UK and HBO PPV in the States.

Richard Schaeffer, chief executive of Golden Boy Promotions, is confident that it will generate at least the second-highest ever pay-per-view buys behind Mayweather’s blockbuster with Oscar De La Hoya in 2007.

Pretty Boy’s last three bouts have totalled 3.65million pay-per-view buys and £127m in PPV revenue in the US.

This time it’s $69.95 (£43) a pop rather than $50, but that’s unlikely to hurt sales for a fight this size.

In January, Mayweather’s lawyers successfully argued to a judge that cancelling the fight against Cotto would cost the Las Vegas economy a desperately-needed 100m dollars (£62m), so punishment was delayed and he got a licence to fight on the big Mexican Cinco de Mayo celebration weekend.

Mayweather has been very respectful towards Cotto in the build-up without the usual trash-talking and taunting of opponents outside the ring.

He said: “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 real champions.”

Puerto Rican Cotto says that Mayweather has been a gentleman, adding: “You get paid to fight in the ring, not outside the ring.”

Mayweather’s speed and accurate counter-punching will be pitted against Cotto’s relentless body-punching and all-out attacking style — an intriguing fight.

Cotto, who holds the WBA Super World Light-Middleweight crown, came back from his 2009 final-round stoppage against Manny Pacquiao with three impressive KOs over Yuri Foreman, Ricardo Mayorga and his only other conqueror, Antonio Margarito.

Mayweather has won eight world titles in five weight classes and is stepping up to lightmiddleweight for the second time since beating De La Hoya.

Although Mayweather will spend only 90 days inside — he could get out in 60 days for good behaviour — at 35 he admits that he’s coming to the end of his career.

So it’s a large chunk of valuable time to lose if he is going to fight again.

Cotto is the bigger man, but I see a tough fight with Mayweather winning on points.

Then, for the boxer known as ‘Money’, there will be drastic changes from his current extravagant lifestyle at his ‘Big Boy’ mansion.

The super-fight will be live and exclusive on BoxNation (Sky Ch. 456/Virgin Ch. 546). To subscribe, visit

All the age

THIRTY seems to be the new 20 in light of some great results recently.

Last week, 31-year-old Paul Malignaggi pulled off a massive shock, beating Vyacheslav Senchenko to win the WBA welterweight title.

Johnny Gonzales, 30, defended his WBC title against Elio Rojas and WBO middleweight Dimitry Pirog, 31, beat Nobuhiro Ishida.

Saul on fire

MEXICAN hotshot Saul Alvarez could break through as a real star if he beats Shane Mosley tonight in Las Vegas.

Flame-haired Alvarez, still only 21, defends his WBC light-middleweight title against Mosley, a pound-for-pound king in the 90s. Victory would put the youngster among the best.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Post a Comment - View More User Comments (0)
Top Headlines Kemahl Russell Drills Michi Munoz in The Second Round The Real Reason Why Floyd Mayweather Is Training MMA Antonio Orozco Wins Return, Estrada and Durate Shine in LA Chavez Sr. Gives Canelo The Edge, Picks Him To Beat Golovkin Undefeated Prospect Gets 11 Years For Being Illegal Drugs Kingpin Miguel Berchelt vs. Miguel Roman May Head To a Purse Bid Top Contender is Accused of Hiring Hitman in Murder of Lawyer Photos: Michael Dutchover, Scott Alexander Ready For Bouts Isaac Chilemba Wins Decision Over Blake Caparello Bellew Frustrated, Explains His Beef With Canelo's Positive Tests Arum on 'Improved' Verdejo: I Have To See it With My Own Eyes Photos: Gvozdyk vs. Amar, Michael Conlan - Ready For Action Photos: Verdejo, Diaz, Pedraza - Puerto Rico Triple Weigh-In Photos: Jose Ramirez, Amir Imam - Ready For Battle in New York Jorgen Hansen Passes Away at 74 Years Old Imam-Ramirez ESPN Tripleheader Weights From MSG Theater Chisora: Little Trainer Won't Help, Bellew Will Knock Haye Out! Yamaguchi Falcao Aims To Impress Against Richard Gutierrez Jose Ramirez: Nothing Amir Imam Does Worries Me Too Much Joe Joyce vs. Donnie Palmer To Be Streamed Live By Ringstar BBBoC news: Andrew Selby must travel to France for Legrand Joshua Doesn't Want Wilder In Ring Post-Parker to Hype Fight News: Oliver Flodin, Stephon Young, Bare Fist Boxing Nietes: Sor Rungvisai, Estrada, Chocolatito - I Want Them Next! Gvozdyk Unsure WBC Will Make Stevenson-Jack Winner Face Him Crawford Erupts, Tells Jeff Horn: You Know I'm F***ing You Up! Parker Warns Joshua: I Look Forward To Handing Out a Whipping!'s Television Picks of The Week - March 16 Felix Valera, Popeye Lebron return to action in the DR on 3/17 Agit Kabayel vs. Miljan Rovcanin Set Down For May 21 Haye Expects Joshua To Take Easier Fight Next - Not Wilder Wilder Reacts To Ortiz's Claim That He Was Saved From KO Loss Photos: Walter Kautondokwa, Billi Godoy - Go Face To Face Photo: Sammy Valentin, Roberto Arriaza Ready For Battle Selby, Warrington Engage in Verbal War During 'Face To Face' Imam: I'll Show Against Ramirez My Loss to Granados Was a Fluke Horn's Promoter on Crawford: Not That Tough, Will Get a Slapping Tomasz Adamek vs. Joey Abell Tops Tripleheader on April 14 Photos: Jose Ramirez Explores The Sights of New York City Canelo-GGG, Joshua-Parker To Have Special WBA Belts at Stake

Latest Active Forum Threads