• Floyd Mayweather Jnr v Miguel Cotto

Pacquiao's win over Cotto doesn't count - Mayweather

ESPN staff
March 1, 2012

Floyd Mayweather Jnr has dismissed Manny Pacquiao's 2009 victory over Miguel Cotto, saying he still believes that Cotto is an undefeated fighter.

Mayweather, who meets Cotto on May 5 in Las Vegas, claims the Filipino's 12th-round stoppage triumph should not be a stain on Cotto's record because the bout took place at a catch-weight of 145lbs.

The unbeaten American is climbing from welterweight to meet Cotto, the WBA light-middleweight champion, at his preferred size.

"You have a guy Miguel Cotto. He has two losses, but one of his losses is to a guy at a catch-weight, where he wasn't 100%," Mayweather told boxingscene.com.

"And you have another loss to a guy [Antonio Margarito] who was caught cheating in the sport. I'm [thinking] that I'm facing a guy who's undefeated.

"He faced Antonio Margarito, a guy who everybody said I was scared of, and he got caught cheating. Now you got Manny Pacquiao, a guy who fought Miguel Cotto at a catch-weight.

"So you have one guy who cheating and one guy who fought at a catch-weight. I wanted to fight Miguel Cotto at 154lbs [light-middleweight] because I wanted to fight the best Miguel Cotto."

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