Trinidad: Cotto Will Need To Be Fast To Overcome Mayweather’s Speed


LAS VEGAS, May 2 – Many great fighters have come from the boxing-rich island of Puerto Rico, one of
those being WBA Super Welterweight World Champion Miguel Cotto, who hails
from the city of Caguas and now carries the torch passed to him by the last
great Puerto Rican pugilist, Felix “Tito” Trinidad.


Cotto is nearing the biggest and most difficult fight of his career taking place this Saturday, May 5 against Floyd “Money” Mayweather
at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas,
Nev. which will be produced and distributed live by HBO
. Though he is the defending
champion putting his 154-pound belt on the line, in many ways he is the
challenger. That is simply because his opponent is Mayweather, undefeated at
42-0, a guaranteed first ballot Hall of Fame inductee and one of the greatest
fighters of this era.


However, when boxers from Puerto Rico step into the ring, they don’t just feel the pressure of facing
another man, they fight with the expectations of millions, carrying the burden
of a culture that lives and breathes for the sport of boxing.


The history of Puerto Rican boxing presents a remarkable lineage: Light Heavyweight World Champion
Jose Torres; Lightweight and Super Lightweight World Champion Carlos Ortiz;
Lightweight World Champion Esteban DeJesus; Junior Welterweight, Welterweight
and Super Welterweight World Champion Wilfred Benitez; 122-pound, 126-pound and
130-pound World Champion Wilfredo Gomez; 135-pound and 140-pound World Champion
Edwin Rosario and Felix “Tito” Trinidad, who captured world titles at
welterweight, super welterweight and middleweight.


In an interview with Puerto Rico’s El Nuevo Dia newspaper, Trinidad said Cotto will need to be fast
enough to overcome Mayweather’s speed and upper body movement.


“He should stay toe to toe with Mayweather, round-by-round, close to Mayweather like all Puerto Ricans
know how to do, put all his heart in and stay toe-to-toe,” Trinidad said. “Try
to look for a good shot and soften him little by little.”


Trinidad continued, “It is going to be very difficult for Cotto because the other guy has the physical conditioning, the
intelligence, doesn’t take many shots and is very elusive. Cotto can win, but
it’s not going to be easy.”


In recent years, other Puerto Rican fighters such as Juan Manuel Lopez and Ivan Calderon have also
earned popularity and fame; however Cotto has been the face of Puerto Rico
boxing for nearly a decade.


The 31-year-old Caguas native has taken on a wide range of opponents in his 11 years as a professional,
which has included world title reigns at super lightweight, welterweight and
currently super welterweight. He has shared the ring with countless champions
and top contenders including Randall Bailey, Joshua Clottey, DeMarcus “Chop
Chop” Corley, Zab “Super” Judah, Paulie “Magic Man” Malignaggi, Antonio
Margarito, Carlos Maussa, Sugar Shane Mosley, Lovemore N’dou, Manny Pacquiao,
Carlos Quintana and Ricardo Torres. During this run, only future Hall of Famer
Pacquiao and Margarito have defeated the Puerto Rican powerhouse, with Cotto
avenging his controversial 2008 loss to Margarito with a cathartic and
triumphant performance in December of last year.


A champion since 2004, Cotto who has successfully defended his titles 13 times, his accomplishments
have earned him a shot at the top fighter in the sport.


His place as a Puerto Rican luminary is evidenced by the large crowds he has drawn to his


No other fighter in recent history has sold as many tickets in the city of New York as Cotto. Puerto
Rican fans have come out in droves to see his fights live, buying more than
100,000 tickets for his seven bouts at Madison Square Garden and his fight in
the outfield of Yankee Stadium.


Cotto, who already is a great champion, beloved by the people of Puerto Rico and beyond, has the golden
opportunity to hand Mayweather the first loss of his professional career this
Saturday night and solidify his place as a boxing legend.


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“Ring Kings:
Mayweather vs. Cotto,”
a 12-round fight for Cotto’s WBA Super
Welterweight World Championship and the vacant WBC Super Welterweight Diamond
belt, is promoted by Mayweather Promotions, Golden Boy Promotions and Miguel
Cotto Promotions. Also featured will be Canelo Alvarez vs.
Sugar Shane Mosley, a 12-round fight for Canelo’s WBC Super
Welterweight World Championship which is presented in association with Canelo
Promotions and Sugar Shane Mosley Promotions and a 10-round welterweight fight
featuring undefeated rising star Jessie Vargas and former World
Champion Steve Forbes

. Opening the
pay-per-view broadcast will be a 10-round bout between super welterweight
contender DeAndre Latimore and former World Champion
Carlos Quintana which is presented in association with DiBella
Entertainment. The mega event is sponsored by Corona, Hatfields & McCoys on
HISTORY™, DeWalt Tools, AT&T, O’Reilly Auto Parts and Puebla – Cinco De Mayo
and 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.


Limited tickets for
“Ring Kings: Mayweather vs. Cotto” are still available, with a total ticket
limit of ten (10) per person. To charge by phone with a major credit card, call
Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. Tickets also are available for purchase at or



Limited tickets for
“Ring Kings: Mayweather vs. Cotto” are still available, with a total ticket
limit of ten (10) per person. To charge by phone with a major credit card, call
Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. Tickets also are available for purchase at or


Three Las
Vegas MGM Resorts, Mandalay Bay, Monte Carlo and The Mirage,

host live
closed circuit telecasts of “Ring Kings: Mayweather vs. Cotto.” Advanced
purchased tickets for the closed circuit telecasts are priced at $75, not
including handling fees. All seats are general admission and are on sale now at
each individual property’s box office outlets or by phone with a major credit
card at (866) 799-7711.


The finale of HBO’s
all-access reality series 24/7 MAYWEATHER/COTTO will debut this Friday, May 4
(8:00 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

NCM Fathom
will broadcast “Ring Kings: Mayweather vs. Cotto” in high definition LIVE to
more than 440 movie theaters nationwide. Tickets to see the fight on the big
screen are available at participating theater box offices and online at