MANILA, Philippines – New World Boxing Association (WBA) junior middleweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. promises to overcome the obstacle of his looming incarceration, the same way he overcame a tough test from Miguel Cotto Saturday night in Las Vegas (Sunday in Manila).
Mayweather defeated Cotto via unanimous decision to extend his unbeaten streak to 43 fights, but found himself in a tough battle against the determined Puerto Rican.
"This wasn't gonna be an easy fight," he told ESPN. "I didn't look going into this fight expecting an easy fight."
Mayweather suffered a considerable beating at Cotto’s hands, sustaining a bloody nose and bruised eyes.
He successfully walked away with his eighth title in five weight divisions, but on June 1, he will have to report to the Clark County Detention Center in Las Vegas.
The unbeaten boxer was originally supposed to go to jail on January 6, but a Nevada judge postponed his incarceration and allowed him to fight on May 5.
"When June 1st comes, I have to be a man. When an obstacle comes in my way I have to step up and deal with the obstacle," Mayweather said.
"Tonight was an obstacle, a tough obstacle, and I got past it. June 1st will be a tough obstacle and I will get past it," he added.
Last December, Mayweather pled guilty to a misdemeanor charge and was sentenced to 90 days in jail.
"You can only take the good with the good and the bad with the bad and keep striving," Mayweather said of his looming jail time.
Mayweather plans to get back to boxing once he gets out of prison, with many hoping that he will finally face Filipino boxing icon Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao.