MANILA, Philippines – Puerto Rican boxer Miguel Cotto is working with his coach, Pedro Diaz of Cuba, to create his game plan for his May 5 bout against undefeated American boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Diaz replaced Emanuel Steward as Cotto’s coach before his rematch against Antonio Margarito last December and was instrumental in Cotto’s vicotry.
“Pedro is well known for studying the opponents,” Cotto said in a Boxing Scene interview. “In these two cases (Margarito and Mayweather), there are two totally different (training strategies) because these fighters are completely different.”
“Margarito was the attacker, so we had to control his fight in the center of the ring to limit him a bit,” he added.
Cotto successfully avenged his earlier loss against Margarito, dominating the “Tijuana Tornado” en route to a 10th round technical knockout victory.
He will have a more difficult time against Mayweather, however.
“We now have a more elusive fighter in Mayweather. His mobility in the ring is much higher than that of Margarito,” Cotto said. “Between Margarito and Mayweather, Pedro has changed a lot of the technique and tactics.”
Cotto’s former trainer Steward has said that the Puerto Rican boxer will need a definite game plan against Mayweather, who is widely regarded as the finest defensive boxer of his generation.
But Cotto believes he has what it takes to pull off an upset.
“He (Mayweather) has no idea who Miguel Cotto really is. He will discover who Miguel Cotto is on May 5,” he said. “There has been a lot of respect, and the fists will do the talking on May 5.”