Mayweather to fight Cotto, not Pacquiao, in May


Floyd Mayweather Jr. AP/FRANK FRANKLIN II

LAS VEGAS—Unbeaten US boxing star Floyd Mayweather announced Wednesday he will fight Puerto Rico’s Miguel Cotto on May 5, ending hopes for a showdown with Manny Pacquiao before November.

Mayweather will step up from the welterweight ranks and fight for Cotto’s World Boxing Association super welterweight crown in Las Vegas before he begins a 90-day jail sentence on June 1 after a domestic violence conviction.

Boxing fans have long sought a matchup between Mayweather and Filipino icon Pacquiao.

Mayweather even made a Twitter challenge for the Asian star to “Step Up, Punk”, but they could not work out a deal so Mayweather went to Cotto.

“Miguel Cotto is a world class fighter who can never be taken for granted and continues to prove he is one of the best in boxing,” Mayweather said.

“It will be a challenge for me to compete with him at this weight, but this is the type of test I thrive on and gives me the motivation to train even harder. I have no doubt in my mind that my title belt collection will increase once again and Cotto’s reign as champion will come to an end on May 5.”

Mayweather, who has won titles in seven weight classes, won his only other fight at super welterweight in 2007 with a split decision over Oscar de la Hoya for the World Boxing Council title.

Cotto defended his crown last December by stopping Antonio Margarito in the 10th round.

“I am here to fight the biggest names in boxing,” Cotto said. “I’ve never ducked anyone or any challenge in front of me. I have accepted everything to give the fans what they like — great and exciting fights.

“Stay tuned because I will convincingly beat Floyd Mayweather.”

Mayweather had made a deal for a May 5 fight but Pacquiao had wanted a June date to maximize revenue for what figures to be the biggest-paying blockbuster in boxing history, if it happens, which now cannot happen until late this year.

Pacquiao is still deciding who he will face in a fight to be staged in May or June.

Cotto and Mayweather have agreed to Olympic-style drug testing for the fight. Mayweather’s insistence on such methods helped scuttle prior talks for a Pacquiao fight.

Mayweather, 41-0 with 25 knockouts, won his last fight in controversial fashion, knocking out Victor Ortiz last September when his rival was distracted by the referee having just restarted the action after a break.

Cotto, 36-2 with 29 knockouts, is 16-2 in world title fights and avenged a 2008 title loss to Margarito two months ago.

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  • Juan Dela Cruz

    Mayweather? Nah! Badweather is more appropriate. I think he is gay. Absolutely, he is afraid of Manny. Arum, the Jew, wants more money which is also one of the reasons why the Pacman-Mayweather fight can’t happen. 

  • Anonymous

    Trip to Jerusalem…. tumigil yung tugtog at walang upuan si Pacman.

    Winner take all na lang kasi.

  • Michael Mendoza

    Mayweather is like a rottweiler without a leash around his balls, hahaha =D

  • Pluma Mana

    sana mapuruhan yan si  mayweather ni cotto at ma-coma.

  • Aga

    SPORTS? is a big business.. 70/30, 60/40, 50/50 etc.. etc.. Facts and Popularity are the main course of any profound achievements…. Bayot lang talaga c Gayweather!!!! dapat we are in up’s money maker…So what ever she (gayweather) speaks.. all nonsense. PINOY TO HOY!!!! ALAM SA GULANGAN… GAVE ME 40 AND U RUN 60.. DHING……ANO KAMI BALE….DAPAT TAYO ANG 70 SYA 30… ANO SAY??? SEE U ALL IN VEGAS…

  • Anonymous

    Manny went to Malate Catholic church a few weeks ago. Ok lang di naman sya pa importansya at nandistract sa mass

  • Fred

    Floyd trying to duck Pacquaio once again but you cannot playdown Cotto’s power. He only lost to Margarito (questionable lost after Margarito caught with plaster in his match with Mosley) and to Pacquaio (even Pacquiao feels the power of Cotto).

  • Anonymous

    don ‘t get too excited. with floyd, anything can happen between now and May 5. Floyd is just force to fight because of his commitment to the court. This supposed fight is just to satisfy the court. but i am sure there will some twist along the way.

  • Anonymous

    If I am manny I will  break my contract with Bob Arum. Bob should give manny the best fight. if cotto beat floyd, goodbye na sa mega deal for manny-floyd.

  • pio

    sorry kabayan,by floyd is the number one boxer in the world.manny is coward. my  guess is that  his born again christian pastor friend advised him to maximize the revenue and donate the 10% to him in the name of  God! i am no fan of manny anymore.i hope floyd will kill him in the ring.go floyd go!

    • Anonymous

      kaw kaya ang sumampa sa ring against manny para malaman namin kung coward nga itong si manny. mukhang mas matapang ka pa kay gayweather e. sige nga patunayan mo…

    • Anonymous

      Where did you get the idea that Manny is already a born-again Christian?

    • Anonymous


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