Floyd Mayweather appeared at a press and fan conference in Puerto Rico to hype his May 5 tussle with Miguel Cotto. I watched the event from the Coliseo de Puerto Rico in San Juan on a stream provided by Livestream, on Primera Hora, but it was choppy, and kept freezing, sadly. I did hear some of what Floyd had to say at the presser.
Floyd talked up Cinco de Mayo. He thanked HBO, and noted their partnership for 16 years, “and still going.”
He thanked Puero Rican fans for their support, and said it’d be right for them to support their guy. “One man has to rise to the occasion and that will be me,” he said. “Floyd Mayweather is not a cheater like Antonio Margarito and Manny Pacquiao. Hard work. Hard work. Hard work,” he said.
He said he won’t run, and it will be a fight May 5. He won’t worry if fans root for Miguel. “If God is on your side, you will always rise,” he said.
He said one doesn’t dominate for 16 years with out hard work.
Cotto then took to the mike, after being introed as “one of the greatest fighters of all time.”
He said things in Spanish, which no one thought to translate.
Mayweather and Cotto then posed for photos, with gamefaces on, shook hands and hurriedly parted ways. I expect much more of production at the Apollo Theater in Harlem tomorrow.