Cotto: ‘Mayweather treated me better than Pacquiao’
WBA light-middleweight super champion Miguel Cotto has revealed that he chose to face Floyd Mayweather instead of a rematch with Manny Pacquiao because the undefeated star treated him better during the negotiations.
Cotto was reported to be Pacquiao’s preferred option for his next outing but when negotiations broke down between the pair the Puerto Rican fighter ended up signing on to face Mayweather in Las Vegas on May 5.
It was widely held that the reason for the u-turn was Pacquiao’s desire to make the fight at a catchweight whereas Mayweather was willing to come up to the full 154-pound limit to face him.
However, despite thanking the sport’s self-proclaimed ‘cash cow’ for coming up the weight to fight him, Cotto has revealed that it was the treatment he received during the Mayweather negotiations that swung the vote.
‘First of all, I give thanks to him [Mayweather] for making the fight in my weight. If he wants my title, he has to fight in my weight, and he does it in the correct way,' Cotto told a conference call with boxing journalists from around the globe.
‘It's my weight class. I feel comfortable in here. I'm feeling pretty strong, really happy to get this fight in my weight class, and I just prepared myself well enough for victory.
‘We have more than one reason for deciding to pick the Mayweather fight instead of the Pacquiao fight. I received better treatment in Mayweather's negotiation and we decided to go with Mayweather.’
Cotto also went on to add that his new trainer Pedro Diaz was helping him get back to his old self and promised a return to the Cotto that outgunned Shane Mosley back in 2007.
‘My trainer Pedro Diaz is in my corner to make me feel like the Miguel of the beginning, and make me feel like the Miguel that basically you saw with [Shane] Mosley. This Miguel you're going to see on May 5.’