Mayweather says no to Guerrero, Canelo, Cotto

Posted at 01/19/12 6:50 PM

MANILA, Philippines -- American boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. emphasized that he is still seeking a fight against fellow pound-for-pound king Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao and dismissed the possibility of him fighting other boxers.

In a Boxing Scene interview, Mayweather said his "main focus is Manny Pacquiao," and shot down rumors that he is considering Robert "The Ghost" Guerrero, Miguel Cotto and Saul "Canelo" Alvarez as potential opponents.

"As fa as the guy they're saying - 'The Ghost' - absolutely not," Mayweather said. "I'm not going to give the fans nothing like that."

The speculation that Mayweather may fight Guerrero, a former world lightweight champion, was greeted with disappointment and derision by many boxing fans, leading Mayweather to go on record on Fight Hype saying he does not even know who Guerrero is.

Mayweather repeated that statement, saying, "I don't even know who this guy (Guerrero) is, but I wish him the best."

Guerrero has refuted Mayweather's statement, saying the American boxer should know him as he fought in the undercard of one of Mayweather's events.

Pacquiao's leftovers

As for Cotto, Mayweather admitted that he is reluctant to face the Puerto Rican junior middleweight champion.

"I think Cotto is a very good match-up, but once again, if I go against Cotto, the fans and people will say that it's Pacquiao's leftovers," he said.

Pacquiao dominated Cotto en route to a 12th round technical knockout victory when they fought in 2009.

Mayweather has repeatedly criticized Pacquiao over the year's for allegedly fighting his leftovers, after the Filipino boxer pursued fights against Oscar De La Hoya and Shane Mosley, whom Mayweather also defeated.

Young Mexican boxer Alvarez, meanwhile, does not have enough experience yet, Mayweather said.

"I think he needs some more experience under his belt, and then eventually, we can make the fight happen down the line," he said.

Alvarez holds a title at the light middleweight division and has a 39-0-1 win-loss-draw record, but has not fought a fighter of Mayweather's caliber.

Mayweather did concede that a May 5 fight against Alvarez "would be a big fight," given Canelo's status as a rising star in Mexico.

But the undefeated boxer once again said that he is aiming for a fight against Pacquiao, and sent a message to the Filipino boxer's camp.

"Team Pacquiao, stop having your excuses. I have my guarantee, so let's make the fight happen. Every day, I'm tweeting and tweeting and tweeting," he said.

"Do I have to tweet again tonight? I'm basically chasing the guy."

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