WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather will fight Miguel Cotto on May 5. The sports’ pound-for-pound best was originally targeting WBC welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao for Cinco de Mayo, but the Filipino boxer and his handlers didn’t seem to want any part of it.
After, failed negotiations between Mayweather and Pacquiao, Cotto became a target of both boxers. However, Pacquiao wasn’t willing to fight Cotto above 147 pounds, bringing those negotiations to an end as well.
Mayweather didn’t have any such problems meeting Cotto at his desired weight, and the two will now square up on May 5.
“I think Miguel Cotto is a hell of a fighter, a strong solid 154-pounder,” Mayweather told boxingScene.com. “Pacquiao was trying to fight him at 147. I would never want to put a fighter in a position where he’s not comfortable. I want a guy when he’s at his best. If he’s at his best at 154 and he’s strong and he’s solid, then that’s the fight we’re fighting at. I walk around at 150, but the end of the day, skills pays the bills.”
Floyd had nothing but respect for Cotto after the fight was announced, but it’s rather obvious he’s still bitter about the failed negotiations with Pacquiao.
“He’s solid [Cotto],” Mayweather added. “Every time he goes out he puts on a hell of a performance. He’s strong. He can punch good with the left and he can punch with the right. This is what the fans want to see, blood sweat and tears. I tried to give the fans blood, sweat and tears with Manny Pacquiao, but he didn’t want the fight from the beginning. This guy is ducking and dodging. This guy got famous from basically piggy-backing off my name. When you mention Floyd Mayweather’s name, you mention an all-time great in the sport of boxing. When you mention Pacquiao, you say ‘that’s the guy who is trying to fight Floyd Mayweather.'”
As a longtime boxing fan, I’m extremely disappointed in the way Bob Arum and the rest of team Pacquiao handled negotiations with Floyd, and I’m pretty sure the super-fight won’t happen anytime soon. Regardless of Pacquiao’s many accomplishments inside the boxing ring, he’ll never be the sports pound-for-pound king until he fights and beats Floyd Mayweather.