HOLLYWOOD, Fla.– World Boxing Association (WBA) super welterweight champion Miguel Cotto and his Hall of Fame trainer Emanuel Steward met with the South Florida media on Tuesday to talk about the Pride of Puerto Rico’s upcoming matchup with two-division world champion Ricardo Mayorga, which will take place on Saturday, March 12, at MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nev.
Cotto vs. Mayorga will be produced and distributed LIVE on SHOWTIME PPV®, beginning at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.
Cotto and Steward started working together prior to Cotto’s win over former WBA super welterweight champion and future rabbi Yuri Foreman in June of 2010. Cotto, of Caguas, Puerto Rico, has held a world title every year since 2004 and has won 15 of the 17 world championship bouts he has fought. Mayorga, of Managua, Nicaragua, is known for his reckless abandon and fearlessness inside the ring – a style of fighting that has produced 23 knockouts out of his 29 victories and legions of fans.
Here’s some of what Cotto and Mayorga had to say on Tuesday:
“We are having a good training camp. We know that we need to be in great condition to do what we want to do in the ring.”
“Mayorga is a wild puncher and you have to be very concentrated at all times.
"He’s a big puncher and will try to use his power, but we will be ready for whatever he brings that night."
"I feel very good working with him. He wants me to go back to my boxing style and it’s working very well.
"This is our second camp together and we are getting to know each other and working much better together this time around."
On fighting in Las Vegas:
"I always enjoy fighting there and I am sure that I will have a lot of support."
"Miguel was always a beautiful boxer and I am trying to get him back to doing that more."
"Mayorga is wild and throws punches from everywhere and that's the biggest challenge for Miguel in this fight."
"We are working better this second time around because we know each other better. He is very smart is open to everything I bring to him."
The Cotto vs. Mayorga pay-per-view telecast, beginning at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT, has a suggested retail price of $49.95. It will be produced and distributed live by SHOWTIME PPV®. The telecast will be available in HD-TV for those viewers who can receive HD. For Cotto vs. Mayorga fight week updates, log on to www.sports.SHO.com or www.toprank.com