Thursday, February 2, 2012
Mayweather calls Pacquiao 'Miss Pac Man': It's official Cotto vs Mayweather
source: Granville Ampong | Examiner.com
After he failed to capture a serious bid from Top Rank to face off WBO Welterweight Champion Manny Pacquiao and as soon as the Nevada State Athletic Commission granted him the license to fight, Pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather, Jr. announces a few moments ago via his official tweeter account, saying: "I'm fighting Miguel Cotto on May 5th because Miss Pac Man is ducking me."
Richard Schaefer, CEO of Golden Boy Promotions, confirms the same that boxing superstar Mayweather will return to the ring and challenge the heavier three-division World Champion Cotto for his WBA Super Welterweight World title on Saturday, May 5 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. and will be televised live on pay-per-view.
Unlike Cotto-Pacquiao bout which was fought at 145-pound catchweight, Mayweather, a seven-time world champion in five weight classes, makes no reservations and will fight Cotto at full 154-pound limit for the latter's super welterweight title.
"Miguel Cotto is a world class fighter who can never be taken for granted and continues to prove he is one of the best in boxing," said Mayweather, whose only other fight at super welterweight came in a World Boxing Council (WBC) world title win over Oscar de la Hoya in May 2007.
"It will be a challenge for me to compete with him at this weight, but this is the type of test I thrive on and gives me the motivation to train even harder. I have no doubt in my mind that my title belt collection will increase once again and Cotto's reign as champion will come to an end on May 5."
Cotto, fresh from a spectacular tenth-round technical knockout win over Antonio Margarito in December 2011, believes he much stronger at his current weight class and sees Mayweather as the most competitive fighter to date.
"I am here to fight the biggest names in boxing," says Cotto. "I've never ducked anyone or any challenge in front of me. I have accepted everything to give the fans what they like...great and exciting fights. That is what the sport of boxing is all about; making the fights that the fans want and deserve to see. On May 5, stay tuned, because I will convincingly beat Floyd Mayweather."
Both Cotto and Mayweather have agreed to Olympic-style drug testing for the fight, a successful crusade by the son of Grand Rapids which somehow revolutionizes the outlook of the new era of boxing.
"Floyd always asks us to find the best available competition for him to fight and we have found that in Miguel Cotto," said Leonard Ellerbe, CEO, Mayweather Promotions. "This is a very risky fight for Floyd as Miguel is a solid 154-pound champion who has already proven to have great boxing abilities and to be a very competent and strong puncher. This is a big test for Floyd, but as always I believe, he is the superior fighter with unmatched skills. This will make the difference and lead to another Mayweather victory the night of May 5."
"What we have here are two champions of amazing caliber set to meet in the ring on May 5 and give boxing and sports fan one of the most compelling match-ups in the sport's history," said Richard Schaefer, CEO, Golden Boy Promotions. "Floyd Mayweather has already achieved worldwide recognition as one of the best fighters ever and Miguel Cotto is one of the greatest fighters of this era. I commend both fighters for agreeing to the fight each other on one of the biggest weekends for boxing and also commend them for agreeing to participate in Olympic style drug testing, a precedent set by Floyd, which continues to uphold the integrity of the sport."
Mayweather vs. Cotto, a 12-round fight for Cotto's WBA Super Welterweight World title, is presented by Mayweather Promotions, Golden Boy Promotions and Miguel Cotto Promotions. More information on Mayweather vs. Cotto, including ticket prices, pay- per- view information as well as press tour dates and cities, will be announced shortly.