Floyd Mayweather, the soi-disant promoter of the boxing world, took a parting shot at Manny Pacquiao ahead of his May 5 title bout with Miguel Cotto, intimating he really doesn’t know the name of Timothy Bradley, “Pacman’s” June 9th opponent.
“I'm pretty sure Pacquiao has a tough task on his hands with the young fighter - I don't really know his name - but I've had a chance to watch him and he can box a little bit, so it's not going to be an easy task for him,” Mayweather told ESPN.
It’s highly unlikely the seven-time world champion has no inkling who “Desert Storm” is, given the WBO light welterweight titlist is set to contest the WBO 147-pound crown against Pacquiao (54-3-2-38 KOs)—the one man who could cement his legacy in the realm of fistic eminence, if he were to ever defeat him in a four-cornered ring.
Several years have passed, and these two pound-for-pound greats and future Hall of Famers have yet to throw a punch in anger—OSDT (Olympic-Style Drug Testing) and squabbling over pay-per-view revenue are just a few of the reasons why the so-called "Fight of the Century" has failed to get off the ground.
Originally, the Mayweather camp had penciled in Cinco de Mayo for an historic encounter with the Filipino congressman. However, that failed to come to fruition, with “Money” opting to face off against Cotto (37-2-30 KOs) on the aforementioned date and “Pacman” throwing leather with Bradley (28-0-1NC-12 KOs) on June 9.
“We wanted the Pacquiao fight for May 5 but it didn't happen, so there's nothing I could do," Mayweather said. "You know, as I said before I'm always looking to give the fans what they want to see."
Mayweather (42-0-26 KOs), who moves up to 154-pounds for only the second time in his career (the first was against Oscar De La Hoya), is confident and adamant that by the end of the night's proceedings, he’ll come out victorious against “Junito”—capturing the WBA super welterweight title in the process.
“I never write off any opponent until I meet him in the ring. I am aware that I will be moving up in weight for the first time since 2007, which not only poses a challenge for me, but it does give Cotto a slight advantage because he will remain at his comfort weight of 154,” he said. “While many may see this as Cotto's chance and opportunity to end my undefeated record, I think that it's also important to remember that I chose to move up in weight and give Cotto that advantage because I am confident that I can beat him at any weight.
“I'm well aware of Cotto's potential and the advantages that he possesses in the ring on any given night, but come May 5, those advantages aren't going to do him any good. Fight fans, get ready, because I'm about to dethrone the current king of the 154-pound weight class.”