MANILA, Philippines – Unbeaten boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. is ready to go toe-to-toe with World Boxing Association (WBA) junior middleweight champion Miguel Cotto of Puerto Rico when they face off this Saturday in Las Vegas (Sunday in Manila).
Primarily known as a defensive fighter, Mayweather told Boxing Scene that he is ready to go to war and be on the attack against Cotto.
“If I had to go to war and fight hard, he is not going to be able to outfight me,” Mayweather said. “Cotto is not going to be able to outfight me.”
Mayweather cited Cotto’s tendency to cut easily during fights, noting, “He bruises, he swells, his eyes close, he’s a bleeder.”
“Every time I see Cotto in a fight, there’s marks here, marks there, blood here, blood there,” he added.
Mayweather added that if Cotto decides to turn the bout into a “dogfight,” he will still have the upperhand thanks to his speed.
“He can’t get to the target quicker than I can get to target, so even though he can punch, he gotta realize this. He’s hit the canvas before... He hit the canvas from other guys and he’s been buckled by other guys,” Mayweather told reporters during their Las Vegas press conference.
The unbeaten fighter added that unlike Cotto, he does not bruise or bleed easily.
“I’m not a bleeder. If you cut before, you will cut again. I know I can outfight him,” Mayweather said.
“I’m not Antonio Margarito, I’m not Yuri Foreman. He’s facing Floyd Mayweather, so it’s a little different,” he added.