Floyd Mayweather is well known for taunting opponents prior to his fights, but he showed a different side of himself on the HBO show, “Face Off with Max Kellerman.” Mayweather had nothing but respect for Cotto during the interview, calling him an undefeated fighter.
“We choose Miguel Cotto because he’s solid,” Mayweather told Kellerman. “We want tough competition; he’s one of the best fighters out there. I look at Miguel Cotto as an undefeated fighter because he faced Pacquiao, but Pacquiao caught him at a catch weight. He wasn’t the best Miguel Cotto. He was drained. He wasn’t hydrated. Antonio Margarito was a guy who was cheating. I want him to be comfortable and feel good when we meet and go into this battle.”
Cotto was just as polite during the interview, but he certainly seemed confident heading into a fight with boxing’s pound-for-pound best.
“We going to figure it out in training camp,” Cotto answered, when asked about how he plans to defeat Mayweather. “I guarantee it; I’m going to be the first one.”
While most boxing fans would rather see the highly anticipated fight between Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao, I actually expect the Mayweather-Cotto bout to exceed expectations. With his size advantage and decent boxing skills, Cotto just might end up being Mayweather’s toughest fight, since his 2007 Cinco de Mayo showdown with Oscar De La Hoya.
Mayweather will have to serve his 90 jail sentence about a month after his May 5 bout with Cotto, but he plans to fight one more time before the year is over. However, a November super-fight against Pacquiao is very unlikely, as Pacquiao’s promoter, Bob Arum, is currently targeting a fourth fight against Juan Manuel Marquez.
“I have to be realistic about this,” Arum said during an April 4 interview with Keith Idec. “I don’t think that Mayweather will be available in the fall to fight Manny. He certainly doesn’t indicate that he wants to fight him now. I would think, probably, everybody would be better off if we thought about that fight [for] next year.