Well, reflecting back on the fight between Miguel Cotto and Floyd Mayweather...Cotto is a champion! He fought and looked great. I thought it was an incredible strategy. His coach, Pedro, had him prepared really well. He came up a little short in the fight, but I thought the work that he put into it was pretty incredible. I was really impressed with the effort that he put forward and I was really happy with the way that the fight looked. I think if he would have cornered Mayweather a little bit more in the corner, he would have been okay, but keeping Mayweather in the corner is very tricky. He is so slick and good at getting out of danger, and again, he did a really impressive job with that. I think Cotto proved that he is made for 154. He has matured and put the weight on the right way and it's a really comfortable weight for him. He has a really easy time maintaining his weight during training camp. His strength trainer, Phil, does a great job with him and keeping his nutrition right, and working alongside Pedro, they have made great strides in having him prepared and performing at 100% at 154.
Miguel is in a good place right now in terms of his career and his family. He is very happy and very relaxed. I think he was personally upset with the fight. He expected to win and he wanted to win. He was upset in losing. That was hard for him to deal with for a minute, but he's in a good place now and he's excited for the next fight in his career. He is going to take another fight I think and he's going to keep going until he feels like he doesn't got it anymore. But his training camps keep getting better and better. I saw Miguel in New York when he was here not too long ago and we were going over the new line. He is very involved in picking the colors and designs. He went through all of our Ecko function products to see what was going on with some of the MMA T-shirts, like the Johny Hendricks T-shirt. He was lively and having a good time and just being the regular Miguel Cotto and hanging out. Obviously we wanted the win and the win would have been great, and we were disappointed to not have the win, but there were a lot of people who didn't know where Miguel was in his career and I think a lot of people think that Mayweather against anyone is going to be an easy fight. And what a lot of people saw...1.5 million PPV buys saw Mayweather is mortal and can be beat, and Miguel Cotto is a really exceptional athlete. And if that fight were to happen again, I think the outcome is not a guaranteed win for Mayweather and that would be a very interesting rematch if that was to ever happen.
From a business prospective, I think Mayweather/Cotto 2 makes a lot of sense because it did so well. From a spectator perspective, I think that obviously the Mayweather/Pacquiao fight is the most interesting fight and everybody wants to see that, including myself, but I think that the idea of seeing Cotto and Mayweather, you know, until you fight a guy, you don't really know how he fights. I think the learning that came off of Miguel...let's say both guys got 10% better from fighting each other. I think one guy usually gets more than the other. So where Mayweather is more unique in the fact that once you see it, you can better prepare for it, whereas Cotto's game of hitting hard, once you see it and feel it, you can't necessarily get better at taking one of those punches. Of course you're going to try to get punched less, but you're still going to be in pain once they touch you. Whereas Mayweather's game, Cotto probably has a lot better understanding of what he would have to do to time him and catch him to keep him against the ropes. I thought that was one of the big issues is that you can get him on the ropes, but when you try to corner him in the corner, you gotta keep him there. He has a lot of tools to get away and Cotto can train to deal with that aspect of the game, and I think that would make it a much closer fight. I had the fight 2 rounds apart. Most people had it about 2 rounds apart and if most people had it 2 rounds apart, I think it's a fight most people would want to see again, especially in front of some New York judges. I think that that fight would be a lot more interesting and the pressure would be on Mayweather to perform at a much higher level and win rounds more definitively to get a decision in New York.