Miguel Cotto is determined to use the momentum from his December grudge match win oveer Antonio Margarito to deliver a career-best performance when he faces Floyd Mayweather next month in Las Vegas.
Cotto’s most satisfying win as a professional came last December when he scored a 10th round TKO over Antonio Margarito in New York City. The victory capped a “redemption” year for Cotto after being out most of 2010 with a shoulder injury, and suffering prolonged beatings in knockout losses in 2009 and 2008 to Manny Pacquiao and Antonio Margarito respectively.
“In December of 2011, I avenged my loss to Margarito with a TKO in the 10th round,” said Cotto. “I have grown as a fighter and proven that the 2008 fight does not define me. I am stronger, faster and more engaged in knowing what it takes to win a fight; 2011 proves just that.”
“My experience in training has evolved and I have never been more ready in my life. My focus now isn’t looking back, just forward. It’s all about May 5th  now and doing what I need to do to be as ready as I can be for that fight. There’s not a doubt in my mind that what you will see on May 5 exceeds who I was even in the December  fight.”
In recent promo ads, Mayweather has referred to Cotto as a “solid fighter,” leading some observers to conclude it’s an acknowledgement that the current WBA junior middleweight champion is no longer an elite fighter due to the damage inflicted in his two defeats. Cotto, who still hopes to avenge the Pacquiao setback should he get by Mayweather, argues his losses spurned the improved defense and stamina critics marveled at in his last fight.
“I think people like to look at past moments of defeat as hurdles, but my past has only accelerated me to here and now,” Cotto reflected. “I’m at a perfect place in my career for this. I have experience to know what it takes to win, but also the energy and aggression that it still takes to fight at this level. I can assure fans that on May 5th, the Miguel Cotto they will be seeing is the best Miguel Cotto they have ever seen fight.”
Cotto’s current training regimen will be showcased this Saturday (April 14) on HBO’s Emmy-Award winning series 24/7, which airs at 9:45 PM.