MANILA, Philippines – Puerto Rican boxing star Miguel Cotto is not listening to critics who believe he does not stand a chance against unbeaten American Floyd Mayweather Jr. when they fight on May 5 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
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In his pre-fight blog, Cotto said he knows there are many people who see him as a massive underdog against Mayweather, but he does not care.
“I am not concerned that some commentator somewhere thinks that Mayweather will KO me in four rounds, or some blogger thinks this is a waste of a fight, and that Mayweather should be fighting someone else,” Cotto said.
“That’s not important, and that KO will not happen,” he added.
Cotto said the comments from doubters “don’t affect me as a fighter.”
“If as a boxer, you’re playing attention to odds and bets and all that nonsense, then you’re not in the right sport. None of that is important when you and the other guy step into the ring,” he added.
Even though he will be the underdog, Cotto remains convinced that he can be the first fighter to defeat Mayweather.
“My priority is going out there, fighting the best fight I can and winning... I know what I am capable of, and that’s a win,” he said.
“With this bout, I’m in the best place I’ve ever been, training has never been better, so there’s no doubt I will emerge the winner. You can count on it,” Cotto said.
Cotto will defend his World Boxing Association junior middleweight title against Mayweather, who will be fighting at the 154-pound division for the first time since 2007.