“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,” Mayweather said.
If Mayweather (42-0-26 KOs), makes true on his promise, he’ll have achieved success on two separate occasions in the super welterweight category—the other being a WBC clash with Oscar De La Hoya in 2007.
The seven-time world boxing titlist is on course for a showdown with Manny Pacquiao (54-3-2-38 KOs), who himself has an upcoming fight with undefeated Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley (28-0-12 KOs) on June 9, when he puts his WBO welterweight crown on the line.
For their proposed superfight to have a chance of transpiring and with millions of dollars at stake, both “Money” and “Pac-Man” must be victorious in their respective outings. Otherwise, anything less could put the bout in jeopardy.
That said, both Bradley and Miguel Cotto (37-2-30 KOs) are intent on throwing a spanner in the works of so-called “Fight of the Century.”
“I’m going to prepare as thoroughly and on May 6th I will return to Puerto Rico as champion. That, I can guarantee,” Cotto said.
“It's time for a new face and I'm gonna win this fight. It's what I believe.” “Nobody expected me to win in England when I was a 6-to-1 underdog [against Junior Witter in 2008] and I took the title. I'm willing to shock the world. I feel I can beat this guy,” Bradley told ESPN.go.com.
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