"So, you know, the so-called biggest fighters that they got left in the sport, just know that, I'm just saying when Cotto and Canelo fight, just know that they both faced me and you know what I did," stated retired undefeated former pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather, who shared his thoughts on the November 21 showdown between WBC middleweight champion Miguel Cotto and former jr. middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez. Having fought and beaten both fighters, Mayweather has firsthand knowledge of what both fighters will bring to the table when they step into the ring to face each other. Though he stopped short of giving a prediction, his comments suggest that he might be slightly leaning towards Canelo to pull of the victory.
"When I faced Canelo, it was more of a chess match. People try to say the Canelo fight was easier. It was just that it was a chess match and I was Bobby Fischer, the better chess player. As far as the Cotto fight, Cotto took more punishment than Canelo took from me, a lot more punishment, and taking punishment like that is wear and tear on the body," Mayweather explained during a recent conversation with FightHype.com. "That's why when Cotto came right back to fight, he lost to Austin Trout. I thought it was close enough to go either way. Actually, I thought it was a draw, to be honest. People didn't expect me to sit right there and bang with Cotto. A lot of people, they say, 'All Mayweather do is run.' Well, I do run; I run right to the bank and cash my check."
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