WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather might have a lot of respect for Miguel Cotto, but he won’t have any problems putting all that aside when the two meet inside the boxing ring. Mayweather is scheduled to face Cotto on May 5, and he plans to put on another masterful performance when the two meet inside the ring.
“What is a champion? Win, lose or draw, a guy performing to his best,” Mayweather said in a recent HBO profile. “Appreciating everything that he has received, dedication, hard work, belief, great heart, and never forgetting the operating tool that helped him become champ. … Am I still motivated by the money? At first I thought it was the money. Of course I do want to make a lot of money in the sport. But, without money I’m still going to be happy. Money don’t make me, I make money.”
Mayweather’s “Money-May” alter ego has certainly made him the most vilified athlete in the world right now, with many so-called boxing fans letting their emotions get the best of them. However, whenever Mayweather talks about his passion for boxing, it’s pretty hard not to respect his work ethic and dedication towards his craft.
Mayweather will have his hands full against Cotto, but as always, smart money will be on the pound-for-pound king. With a win against Cotto, boxing fans will once again hope for a mega-fight against Manny Pacquiao, but the chances of that bout ever materializing are pretty slim.
The casual boxing fan might not be willing to acknowledge Mayweather’s greatness, but there is no question he’s one of the best fighters to ever step inside the ring. Students of the sweet science will study Mayweather’s fights for decades, and the history books will eventually give him his due. After all, Muhammad Ali was one of the most vilified athletes of his time, yet, he’s now recognized worldwide as the greatest of all time.