Floyd Mayweather: Manny Pacquiao Will Beat Miguel Cotto
Well, there's good news for boxing fans: Mayweather thinks that's going to happen. Mayweather is, of course, always confident in his own abilities, so it's no surprise that he picks himself to beat Marquez. But he also offered a prediction about how Pacquiao vs. Cotto will go, saying that Cotto no longer appears to be an elite boxer after the beating he took at the hands of Antonio Margarito last summer.
"I think after the Margarito fight, mentally, Cotto is not the same," Mayweather told ESPN's Brian Kenny. "You can never say what can happen in the sport of boxing, but I think Pacquiao is a quick starter, and if I had to lean toward a fighter, I would say Pacquiao."
But Mayweather, being Mayweather, made it clear in making that prediction that he doesn't view either Pacquiao or Cotto as being in his own league.
"I thought Cotto lost his last fight," Mayweather said of Cotto's split decision win over Joshua Clottey last month. "It was close, but I thought he lost."
And Mayweather said he thinks the real reason the Pacquiao-Cotto fight is likely to take place this fall is that
"Bob Arum is making that fight because he wants to keep all the money in house," Mayweather said of Pacquiao's and Cotto's promoter.
Of course, Mayweather wants to keep as much money as he can in house, too. Let's just hope that in 2010, both Mayweather and Pacquiao can come to terms on a deal that gives them both enough money to be happy fighting each other.