MANILA, Philippines – Unbeaten American boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. is confident of victory against Puerto Rico’s Miguel Cotto, whom he will challenge on May 5 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas for the World Boxing Association junior middleweight title.
It will only be the second time in Mayweather’s career that he will fight above the welterweight division, and some believe the higher weight class will work to Cotto’s advantage.
“I am aware that I will be moving up in weight for the first time since 2007,” Mayweather said in a Boxing Scene interview, referring to his May 2007 split decision victory over Oscar De La Hoya.
“(It) 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-pounds,” Mayweather admitted.
Mayweather said he is “well aware” of Cotto’s advantages in the ring, but said those advantages will not matter against him.
“Fight fans, get read, because I am about to dethrone the current king of the 154-pound weight class,” he said.
“I am confident that I can beat him at any weight,” Mayweather added.
Mayweather added that boxing fans should watch the fight because he is going up against a fighter whom he believes is undefeated.
“In my eyes, Miguel Cotto is an undefeated fighter. He fought one guy at a catchweight and another guy who got in trouble for cheating,” Mayweather said, referring to previous Cotto opponents Manny Pacquiao and Antonio Margarito.
“He’s a strong knockout puncher and he always comes out and fights in a pleasing way,” he added.
Despite this, Mayweather is sure that he will extend his undefeated streak on May 5.
“Last time I checked, all 42 (of my opponents) have been dangerous, but they all ended up in the same place,” he said.