Floyd Mayweather, Miguel Cotto, Saul Alvarez and Shane Mosley are all well into their training regimens with less than a month out from the big May 5 pay-per-view date. From Cotto’s camp in Orlando to Canelo’s Big Bear Lake setup in California, today we take a look at what each fighter is focusing on in these final crucial weeks.
Mayweather began his own camp on March 1. However, fans are well aware that Mayweather never takes too much time off from the gym and stays in shape year round. For this camp, he has set training hours of 4-7 PM daily. The routines are a mix of sparring sessions, heavy bag, speed bag, jumping rope and body work. In addition, he incorporates random runs during the afternoon and overnight. Even though this fight will only be his second appearance at junior middleweight (154 pounds), he revealed the training has become easier since the contracted weight is close to his normal walk-around physique.
My body feels great. I always fight around the weight I carry when I am not fighting. Now I can just work harder to feel stronger and more comfortable at 154 pounds. I haven’t had to adjust that much because my body has always just kind of found its comfort zone and that’s where I fight. I have been given a special gift with my weight. I have never had to worry about it other than to get in the best shape possible for all of my fights.
Miguel Cotto’s training has a much more relaxed feel. Recent videos have shown trainer Pedro Diaz focusing on Cotto matching Mayweather’s footwork, roadwork and counterpunching from various angles. Far as the weight, Cotto is sticking with his mother, who’s served as Team Cotto’s unofficial nutritionist for the last several years. With his family in camp with him, Cotto’s memories of his late father and original trainer, Miguel Cotto Sr., is fueling his mental motivation.
The memory of my father is the biggest motivation in my life. feel more motivated at this point than any other in my career. I feel more motivated to beat Mayweather than I did when I was training for my first world title.
SAUL “CANELO” ALVAREZ
After a few weeks of problems adjusting to the altitude of Big Bear Lake, California, Alvarez says he’s had no further negative effects. With trainers Chepo and Eddie Reynoso, Canelo has spent a lot of time studying film of Mosley, who he calls without question the “most dangerous” opponent he’s ever faced.
Besides experience and knowledge of the sport, Mosley is a celebrated fighter and a future Hall of Famer. I admire Mosley, and it is a privilege to face him in the ring, however, on May 5, I will be ready.
Shane Mosley is no stranger to Big Bear Lake — the region has been his training camp home for the last two decades. For the former three division champion, the two main benefits of this camp has been the mental relaxation and improved health. With the latter, Mosley had blamed nagging injuries for his recent big fight losses to Floyd Mayweather (stiff neck) and Manny Pacquiao (foot blister). This time he offers no excuses and believes another signature upset, like his 2009 victory over Antonio Margarito, is upon us.
There is a lot to be said about being 100 percent healthy leading up to a fight. Come May 5, I will be ready. I am sticking to my game plan and using the doubters and naysayers that are out there as my motivation to work hard.
“Ring Kings: Mayweather vs. Cotto,” a 12-round fight for Cotto’s WBA Super Welterweight World Championship 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 between undefeated rising star Jessie Vargas and perennial contender Alfonso Gomez. 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.