Miguel Cotto has a large following, is a nice guy by most accounts and is a professional prize fighter.
What he doesn’t have as Michael Jackson said a lot of “sizzle”.
This has left Floyd Mayweather as the mouthpiece to sell the fight and he doesn’t have any problem with that. Even though Mayweather lives in Las Vegas, the fighters made the their “official arrivals” yesterday.
As Mayweather sat down with members of the media several topics came and you knew one would be Manny Pacquiao.
When Pacquaio’s name came up the discourse changed. Mayweather turned from storyteller to speechmaker, calling Top Rank’s Bob Arum a “professional liar” and emphatically stating he doesn’t believe Pacquiao is a clean fighter.
“This is so easy, Ray Charles can see this,” Mayweather said. “It’s basic common sense, go look at the pictures and tell me this man’s head didn’t get bigger. This man probably went from a 7 1/4 to an 8 fitted hat.”
Mayweather’s health, he said, is more important than the fortune he could make off that fight, and so Saturday he will instead move up to the 154-pound division for just the second time to face Cotto, whom Mayweather believes will be a bloody mess if he tries to go toe-to-toe.
The insinuation is that Pacquiao is on some performance enhancing drugs.
It doesn’t really matter now because the fight is never going to happen and both Mayweather and Pacquiao are past their primes in my opinion.
If they would have fought in 2009 when both were coming off strong victories it would have been a classic match up, now it just doesn’t have the same appeal.
Blame is on everyone, not just one person.