MANILA, Philippines – Miguel Cotto’s trainer, Pedro Diaz of Cuba, is unimpressed with unbeaten American boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. and believes his boxer has what it takes to pull off an upset.
Cotto will defend his World Boxing Association junior middleweight championship against Mayweather on May 5 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
“I’m not impressed with Mayweather,” Diaz told Boxing Scene. “He is a fighter like anyone else who has two hands.”
During the early parts of the build-up to their bout, Mayweather was respectful of Cotto, even dialing back his trash talking.
But the undefeated boxer has stepped up the talk in recent days, even saying on HBO’s “24/7” reality series that he is a “loud killer” inside the boxing ring.
“I don’t got nothing against Miguel Cotto at all. It’s no hard feelings, but it’s the fight game... We at war. I know he’s a quiet killer. I’m a loud killer,” Mayweather said.
Diaz is not fazed with Mayweather’s trash talk, however, saying, “Floyd is a good fighter, but you can’t win in the ring with words.”
“You win with your hands. Word do not win any boxing match. Your hands do the talking,” he added.
Diaz helped Cotto win his December 2011 rematch against Antonio Margarito, and is confident that his boxer can also pull off a victory against Mayweather.
“I believe in good hands, good preparation and good tactics. We looked at good videos, which is necessary to detect the weaknesses of the opponent, and people will see the result on May 5,” he said.