Venue:MGM Grand Garden Arena,Las Vegas, NV
Floyd Mayweather vs Miguel Cotto fight on HBO Here
A few highlights, and they were:
Nevada Athletic Commission executive director Keith Kizer made light of the thrones set-up a little bit, name-dropping 1980s WWF "Kings" Hacksaw Jim Duggan and Harley Race.
Oscar De La Hoya spoke in a bored monotone and seemed like he would have much, much, much rather been playing some golf. Hopefully Oscar got 18 holes in after the presser.
Pedro Diaz repeated the line he’s used a lot lately, that fights are won in the ring, not by talking.
Leonard Ellerbe stole the show by taking great offense to this, getting visibly upset about the cliche and telling Diaz to "keep (his) opinions to (himself)," because Diaz isn’t one of the fighters. Ellerbe, who isn’t even a trainer, then went on to offer many of his own opinions on how the fight would go. It was hilarious. He was offended that Diaz dared suggest that Papa Floyd might lose the fight. I really couldn’t believe it. It was Ellerbe’s best moment since he bowed up on Larry Merchant last September, and screamed at the little old man, "YOU HEARD WHAT HE SAID!" He was like the little dude hanging around Scut Farkus in A Christmas Story today. So awesome. So unintentionally embarrassing and funny.
Richard Schaefer’s Mexican history lesson.
Jose Sulaiman, who inserted the WBC into this fight for no real reason other than he wants some more money, noted Mayweather’s loyalty to the WBC as the key reason that he is a fine example "in life." Yeah. Alright then.
Floyd Mayweather Jr isn’t buying a big part of the Golden Boy and HBO pay-per-view hype that his moving up in weight to 154 pounds to face Miguel Cotto will be a factor in Saturday’s fight. One of the main selling points from a Cotto upset point of view has been that he’s the bigger man, but Mayweather’s just not seeing himself at any kind of disadvantage.
"I think my skills are on a different level from any other fighter, so when it’s all said and done skills pays the bills. You got certain guys that it all depends on what style of boxing, what style of fighting a guy is doing when you move up to a different weight class. … I don’t really think weight is going to really play a major key. I think it’s going to come down to the skills."
Mayweather (42-0, 26 KO) has fought once at 154 pounds, beating Oscar De La Hoya in 2007. De La Hoya was legitimately bigger than Mayweather, but Cotto is listed as shorter in height and reach than Floyd, and was in many ways a sort of smallish welterweight. For a junior middleweight, he’s positively tiny.
Not to ruin a good chunk of the fight preview coming tomorrow, but I think Mayweather is 100% right when he says this fight is nothing to do with size and everything to do with skills.