MANILA, Philippines – Puerto Rican boxer and junior middleweight champion Miguel Cotto will be ready to go to war when he steps into the ring against undefeated American superstar Floyd Mayweather Jr. on May 5 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
This, according to his Cuban trainer, Pedro Diaz.
“Miguel is ready for war. He is ready for victory, and that is our goal,” Diaz said during Cotto’s open workout, as quoted by Boxing Scene.
“We had a great camp. Miguel is working really hard, and he is putting a lot of motivations and focus into every training session, which will be the key to win,” he added.
Diaz replaced Emanuel Steward as Cotto’s trainer prior to the Puerto Rican’s most recent bout, a technical knockout victory over Mexican boxer Antonio Margarito.
Cotto will defend his World Boxing Association junior middleweight belt in the fight, but is considered the underdog against the undefeated Mayweather.
This does not concern Cotto, however. “I am thinking of victory,” he said. “And after that, we will celebrate.”
“I feel that this is my moment. I feel great, and I am in my prime... I am motivated to fight anyone in boxing,” Cotto said.
“This is going to be mine and Mayweather’s next big chapters in our careers,” he added.
Cotto moved up in weight to junior middleweight following his technical knockout loss to Filipino ring icon Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao in November 2009.
He has since won three straight fights, taking the WBA junior middleweight title from Yuri Foreman in 2010 before successfully defending the belt against Ricardo Mayorga and Margarito.