Up until Friday afternoon, Floyd Mayweather’s dealings with Miguel Cotto for their Cinco de Mayo showdown at the MGM Grand had been about as cordial as interactions can be for a Mayweather fight.
But with the bout for Cotto’s WBC super welterweight champ only a day away, things heated up inside the MGM Grand during the prefight weigh-ins Friday afternoon.
“I just told him that when he’s facing Floyd Mayweather, he’s facing the best,” the 35-year-old Mayweather (42-0, 26 KOs) told HBO’s Max Kellerman, in an interview directly after Mayweather jarred face-to-face with a calm Cotto (37-2, 30 KOs) in front of a raucous crowd of nearly 5,000.
The brash Mayweather was booed heavily as he tipped the scales at 151 pounds, while Cotto—who despite being a near 8-to-1 underdog at Las Vegas sports books was the crowd favorite, as several Puerto Rican flags waived inside the Grand Garden Arena—came in right at the limit of 154-pound limit.
“He’s never faced anyone like Miguel Cotto,” the 31-year-old Cotto said during his portion with Kellerman.
“It’s not just for me, it’s for the whole Latin heritage.”
Earlier on Friday, a bout agreement filed with the Nevada State Athletic Commission confirmed that Mayweather, known by his “Money” moniker, had been guaranteed the largest payday in boxing history.
Mayweather’s $32 million guaranteed contract, surpasses the $30 million that Mike Tyson was guaranteed for his infamous ear-biting contest against Evander Holyfield in 1997.
Mayweather will earn untold millions more as he also profits from a significant portion of the pay-per-view buys. Officials said the fight is tracking better than any previous Mayweather fight except for his 2007 bout against Oscar De La Hoya, which set the record with 2.5 million buys.
While Mayweather’s weight is the heaviest in his 16-year career, he said he feels comfortable while Cotto didn’t look comfortable.
“I feel comfortable. Miguel Cotto looked dry, drained. I’m comfortable. Whenever I’m comfortable, I’m going to fight well,” Mayweather said. “Take my time. Execute my game plan from the beginning and see what we got.”