By Clive Bernath: Floyd Mayweather Jr may be best known for his superb boxing skills and flamboyant showmanship but when he challenges Miguel Cotto for the WBA light middleweight crown on May 5 he has promised to excite boxing fans by engaging in a ‘toe to toe’ war’.
The undefeated American showman has promised to tone down his trade mark silky skills in favour of all out war against the Puerto Rican tough guy.
Speaking to the assembled mass of boxing reporters on Monday, Mayweather Jr 42-0-(26), said: "I will give the fans what they want to see. We will fight toe-to-toe.
“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."
Facing Cotto at 154lbs is indeed a very real test for ‘Money’ Mayweather and will provide HBO with respectable PPV buys but no Mayweather press conference would be complete without the 35 year-old taking a swipe at fellow pound for pound king Manny Pacquiao.
"It takes hard work, dedication, prayers, belief and a good team," Mayweather insisted. "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."
Just a thought
In an ideal world we would be discussing a showdown between Mayweather and Pacquiao on May 5 to finally decide who is the world’s No.1 boxer but negotiations for this mouth watering clash have again broken down.
Like many boxing writers and fans, I’m getting tired of hearing all the excuses from both sides as to why the fight will not happen and I guess the camps themselves are equally fed up having to answer the same questions over and over. Lets be honest here, It’s the only genuine PPV super fight out there at this time. Both men and their respective teams will rake in 10’s of millions of dollars so what is the problem? Lets just forget the PI+++ING contest and get it on.
February 28, 2012