WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather is getting ready for his May 5 showdown against Miguel Cotto, and the sports’ pound-for-pound best is confident he’ll be able to add one more victory to his undefeated record.
“I will give the fans what they want to see. We will fight toe-to-toe,” Mayweather told reporters at a press conference. “I’m not worried if fans root for Miguel Cotto. If God is on your side, you will always rise… Miguel Cotto will fight hard….it will be a very exciting fight. On May 5th, it won’t be an ordinary day. We’re going to give people all around the world what they want to see. It will be a challenge for me to fight Miguel at this weight, but this will be the kind of test that will motivate me to train harder. I have no doubt that my collection of belts will increase again and Cotto’s reign will end on May 5th.”
Many boxing fans initially thought they would get to see the highly anticipated super-fight between Mayweather and WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao on May 5, but negotiations between the two camps didn’t go so well.
Pacquiao’s camp kept coming up with excuses why the fight couldn’t take place in May. And Mayweather refusal of an even split certainly didn’t help things. Mayweather was forced to settle for Cotto, while Pacquiao will face unbeaten Timothy Bradley in his next bout.
Mayweather still has some animosity towards Pacquiao over the failed negotiations, and he took a shot at the Filipino congressman during the Feb. 27 press conference.
“It takes hard work, dedication, prayers, belief and a good team,” Mayweather said. “One man has to rise to the occasion and that will be me. Floyd Mayweather is not a cheater like Antonio Margarito and Manny Pacquiao. Hard work, hard work, hard work.”