(In conjunction with HBO Sports, Yahoo! Sports will be featuring special Q&A entries from Floyd Mayweather, Miguel Cotto, Saul "Canelo" Alvarez and Shane Mosley. This is part 2 of 2 from Miguel Cotto, who takes on the Y! Sports pound-for-pound king Floyd "Money" Mayweather.)
Do you have any post-fighting career plans or aspirations?
Right now my plans are for the May 5th fight. I aspire to do a lot of things in my life, but that’s not what is important today. This will be one of the biggest fights of my career and I know it’ll be a victorious one. I feel that I am at a great place right now and I feel very balanced. I think we shouldn’t forget the importance of balance. The last few years of life have been great for me as a boxer. I have learned quite a bit about myself and what it takes to win. My fight with Floyd Mayweather will be great and exciting and I know fans desperately want to see it happen. The reaction this fight has gotten has been incredible and the enthusiasm unmatched. No one should forget that I am very comfortable at 154 pounds and that will be a huge asset going into this match. Also, there’s no doubt I have the power to win this fight. If anything, my power has strengthened. That will make the difference. Fans will also be thrilled to see me land some exciting combinations and ultimately see me emerge victoriously. I know Mayweather fans are very insistent that he only wins, but Floyd hasn’t fought what he will be fighting come May 5th. On that day, Floyd is going to fight the best opponent he has ever been in a ring with, and the fighter is me. I can’t wait for this one.
Many agree that this will be one of the toughest matches of your career. Does it discourage you when you hear some doubt your prospects of a win? How do you respond to those individuals?
I think that’s the nature of any competitive sport: you will always have people pulling for the other guy. To me, those that say all that stuff don’t affect me as a fighter. I am not concerned that some commentator somewhere thinks 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. That’s not important and that KO will not happen. At this point in my career I know what to focus on and what to let go of. I am fortunate enough to be surrounded be a lot of love and support, and those are the people that motivate me. My priority is going out there, fighting the best fight I can and winning. If as a boxer you’re paying attentions 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. The only thing that discourages me is when people got hung up on that stuff. I know what I am capable of, and that’s a win. Then people wonder how a loss would affect my career. Look, when I lost to Margarito I came back and avenged that lost. I come back, I’m a fighter. With this bout though, 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.
"Ring Kings: Mayweather vs. Cotto," and Canelo Alvarez vs. Sugar Shane Mosley will take place Saturday, May 5 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View® beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT.
Episode three of HBO’s all-access reality series 24/7 MAYWEATHER/COTTO debuts on Saturday – April 28 (9:45-10:15 p.m. ET/PT) – while the finale debuts Friday, May 4 (8:00-8:30 p.m. ET/PT), the night before the high-stakes super welterweight title bout. All four episodes will have multiple replay dates on HBO, and the series will also be available on HBO On Demand® and HBO GO®.
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