WBC world welterweight champion “Pretty Boy” Floyd Mayweather told boxingscene.com on Thursday that he will go for “the kill” when he gains weight to throw fists with powerful WBA world light-welterweight titlist Miguel Cotto on Cinco de Mayo at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Mayweather (42-0, 26 KOs), who last fought at 154 pounds in May 2007 when he defeated Oscar de la Hoya by a narrow split decision, will add approximately seven-pounds to scrap the larger Cotto (37-2, 30 KOs).
“This fight won’t go the distance,” said Mayweather, 35, a ten-time titleholder in five separate weight classes who was named The Ring “Fighter of the Year” in 1998 and 2007. “He’s coming in for the kill and I’m going in there for the kill. This is boxing, this is the hurt business, it’s about excitement and that’s what I’m here to do.”
“Pretty Boy,” who has only stepped into the squared circle on four occasions since earning a 10th round TKO over Englishman Ricky Hatton in December 2007, also pledged to remain active.
“I want to stay active,” said Mayweather, who will be incarcerated on June 1 for 87 days a few weeks after his match versus the Puerto Rican icon for beating his sweetheart and the mother of his children. “I want to fight again in 2012, before the year is up. I want to constantly go out there, like I said before, and test my skills. I want to continue to just push myself to the limit.”
Roger “Pit” Perron is a venerable boxing trainer from Brockton (Mass.) who now works with Mike and Rich Cappiello at their gym, Cappiello Brothers Boxing and Training.
Perron is confident that Cotto is far from being a shopworn pugilist.
“Cotto isn’t done yet,” said Perron, 75, who worked with Marvelous Marvin Hagler. “He proved that against Margarito. The cheater got the beating deserved.”
An argument can be made that Cotto, a four-time world champ in three weight divisions, has never been fairly trumped in the ring.
In curious fashion, Cotto “lost” his first bout as a professional against “The Tijuana Tornado” Antonio Margarito by a savage 11th round TKO in July 2008.
Roughly seven months after his disturbingly violent thrashing of Cotto, Margarito (38-8, 27 KOs) had his boxing license justifiably revoked by the California State Athletic Commission in February 2009 after it was discovered that he attempted to scrap former three-division titlist “Sugar” Shane Mosley with a plaster-like substance inside of his hand wraps.
Fortunately, “Margacheato” was caught and proven to be a cowardly charlatan by officials at the Staples Center in Los Angeles before the match began and he had the opportunity to seriously injure Mosley (46-7-1-1, 39 KOs) with his cement fists.
Cotto, who was a visibly different prizefighter after Margarito hit him a few hundred times with cinder blocks, was defeated for a second time by a brutal 12th round TKO to Manny Pacquiao in November 2009.
There is not a shred of credible evidence whatsoever to prove that Pacquiao has ever used performance enhancing drugs.
Nevertheless, a thick air of suspicion throughout the boxing community has shrouded “Pac-Man’s” development and ascension as a dominant prizefighter.
Cotto retained his belt and earned revenge versus Margarito with a 10th round TKO in their rematch before an electric crowd of 21,239 on December 3 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
The native of Caguas pulverized, and outclassed, Margarito for nine rounds before the ring doctor mercifully intervened and saved the sinister Mexican from absorbing further damage to his right-eye.
Cotto has now recorded five victories against one defeat since the corrupt tussle nearly four years ago.
“Pretty Boy” is an utter defensive wizard and one of the most indomitable prizefighters ever.
Mayweather is a greater, and more skilled, overall boxer than Cotto is.
Nevertheless, Cotto has a certain toughness and moxie that can’t be measured.
No matter the ultimate outcome, Miguel Cotto will not be bullied by Floyd Mayweather and the “Pretty Boy” had better be prepared to “go the distance” next weekend.