With less than 24 hours before his May 5 showdown with Miguel Cotto, Floyd Mayweather is as confident as ever, and he plans to add one more win to his impressive 42-0-0 record. While Mayweather has shown Cotto more respect than many of his previous opponents have received, the WBC welterweight champion clearly believes he’s the superior boxer. Mayweather is certain he’ll leave with Cotto’s WBA super world light-middleweight title when it’s all said and done.
“I’m not Antonio Margarito, I’m not Yuri Foreman,” Mayweather said. “He’s facing Floyd Mayweather. This is a little different. I don’t want them to remotely put in his mind that this is going to be an easy task. I don’t think he thinks this is going to be an easy task.”
Floyd Mayweather did take a few jabs at Miguel Cotto though, questioning the Puerto Rican boxer’s intelligence.
“You let yourself get talked into going down to 145 [against Manny Pacquiao] when you could have said ‘absolutely not’ and you still could have got the fight,” Mayweather added. “Then you had the fight [against Margarito] with loaded gloves and you stayed with the promoter [Top Rank] and they talked you into getting in there [with Margarito] again.”
Even though Mayweather will be a huge favorite going into the fight, he certainly doesn’t want to overlook Cotto.
Mayweather might be the technically superior boxer, but there is no question who the more powerful puncher is. With 30 of Cotto’s 37 professional wins coming via TKO, Mayweather definitely doesn’t want to get careless inside the ring against the naturally bigger fighter.
Both men made weight on May 4, with Mayweather coming it at 151 pounds, while Miguel Cotto came in 3 pounds heavier. A fierce stare down followed, and it’s rather obvious both men are ready to settle their difference inside the ring.
I’m pretty sure the fight between the two will be a lot closer than many boxing fans seem to think, but I expect the sports’ pound-for-pound king to walk away victorious. At the end of the day, Mayweather is simply in a class of his own, and it’ll take a really special fighter to dethrone him.
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David is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and boxing practitioner who has watched and studied MMA for the past 9 years. Send him your questions @davidkingwriter.