MANILA, Philippines – Floyd Mayweather Sr. praised Puerto Rican boxer Miguel Cotto for having the courage to face his son, undefeated fighter Floyd Mayweather Sr.
Cotto chose to fight Mayweather at the junior middleweight division, instead of taking a rematch against Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao at welterweight.
Mayweather Sr. said that by taking the fight, Cotto showed he was not afraid of his son.
“Here’s the thing about Pacquiao, he’s scared,” Mayweather Sr. told Boxing Scene. “Cotto is not.”
He added that he is expecting a good fight between Cotto, the reigning WBA junior middleweight champion, and his son.
“I think it’s going to be a good fight,” Mayweather Sr. said. “I don’t think the weight is going to be an issue. You see Pacquiao is a small guy, so he’s going to try to get Cotto to come down as much as possible.”
“In terms of skill, I have to go with my son to beat Cotto, but anything can happen in that fight,” he added.
Mayweather Sr. also commented on the collapse of the negotiations between the Pacquiao and Mayweather camps, saying that the Filipino boxer was only making excuses.
“That whole thing with Floyd Jr. rejecting the 50-50 split was just their excuse to avoid the fight. Pacquiao knows the day he fights Floyd is the day his career is over,” he said.