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Mayweather-Cotto New York Press Conference Report

BY Michael Woods ON February 28, 2012
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Floyd Mayweather hit New York on Tuesday, to hype his May 5 clash with Miguel Cotto. The presser, open to the fans, sadly, because it makes the affair something of a circus, took place at the Apollo Theater in Harlem.

Mayweather was his usual charismatic self, at times braggy, at times humble. He thanked the press for covering him, and then later busted on them for twisting his words. He didn't leave the door open much for a fight with Manny Pacquaio, saying when asked if it will happen, "Absolutely not. The only way I think a fight the guy with three losses and I don't know how many draws, the only way that fight happens is for he has to leave Bob Arum," he said. "And I'm not telling him to leave, because I know how the media is, they take your words and screw them up. They make it the way they want to make it."

Mayweather was asked about his Jan. 13 Tweet on Jeremy Lin. He said that he has a few people Tweeting for him, but did take credit for that tweet, and said he wasn't backing off the content at all. The media, he said, twists his words to suit their needs. No, he won't be attending Wednesday's Knicks game at MSG, he said.

He busted on Manny Pacquiao, indirectly, for asking for catchweights, and said he wants to "fight the best Miguel Cotto," which is why the fight will take place at 154 pounds. "He's one of the best fighters out there today," Mayweather said of the Puerto Rican.

He said he could solidify himself as one of the all-time best with a win over Cotto. "Pacquiao's an amazing fighter," he also allowed, after a fan yelled out the name of the Congressman. "But if you don't got nothing to hide then take the test." (Note: Team Pacquiao said two weeks ago that Pacquiao agreed to any and all testing right up till the day of the fight, so I'm not sure what remains to the testing issue in Floyd's mind.)

He said the fight with Cotto would be a "toe to toe battle."

Check BoxingChannel.TV for footage of the event. And watch this video Q n A I did with Floyd for ESPN.

Comment on this article

Radam G says:

WOW! Can we stop already about Money May's raggedy bullsh*tology. He got Da Manny on his mind, and his mind on Da Manny. I'm laid back nibbling on tuyo and laughing my arse off. Holla!

ali says:

Arum is the only reason Pac vs Mayweather ain't happened.

Money Jay says:

@Ali...amen brother. Arum is in the way!

mortcola says:

Ummmm, suuuuuuure, OOKAAAAAY.....yep, not little Floydy needing special protections against monster-roidal Pac, not Money offering Pac a small slice and no part of the gate, not the imaginary accusations of cheating. Fighters fight. Floyd is not a fighter, though he is one of the best boxers in the world. He is a diva, pure and simple, and you are his minions - and minions aren't known for being objective or clear-headed about their heroes.

rizzle says:

who wears turtle necks anymore? im just saying.... i know little floyed is a millionaire and all but,really?

ali says:

Yeah that turtle neck **** is played out lol

Radam G says:

WOW! Nuthuggers are gettin' really nutty nut! Now it is da BobFather, who is keeping Scared Bytchy -- I mean Money May -- from dancing with Da Manny. Money May knows the time and deal. He laughs at his nuthuggers, who are soreheads and will never heal. To 'em Money May's every optical illusion and cowardly act have mass appeal.

Small Money J and SCLA Ali, you dudes eat Money May's every piece of ____, as if it is you guys last meal. Ain't hatin' Money May. He's you guy _____ JESUS! WHAT YOU SAY? And you don't want him on a cross. Muthasuckas eat so much of his ____ that they need to seriously floss. Holla!

The Good Doctor says:

Seems to me that there is plenty of blame to go around. Manny tip-toed around the test and for a while seemed almost disinterested along with giving mixed signals. Arum screwed finances, dates and a myriad of other things in what appears to be a genuine dislike of Floyd. Floyd 's demands financially are beyond ridiculous and is being greedy. I blame all of them and I am still a believer that the fight will never happen.

amayseng says:

mortcola makes sense all the time.

mortcola says:

And so do you, Amayseng, especially when you write stuff like that!

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