FOUR TIME WORLD CHAMPION MIGUEL COTTO TAKES ON FLOYD MAYWEATHER JR. FOR THE WBA SUPER WELTERWEIGHT

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Four time world champion Miguel Cotto will take on Floyd Mayweather Jr. on Saturday night for the WBA Super Welterweight Title. Cotto spoke to Fox News Latino in a video interview  about his trainer, Puerto Rican heritage, and being an underdog for the fight.

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Fox News Latino: Miguel, Floyd Mayweather Jr. is at least a 4 1/2 to 1 favorite against you, they say he’s too fast, he’s too accurate – you’re the underdog. What’s your response to those who say that?

Miguel Cotto: “I don’t need anyone else to believe in me – then me. I believe in myself. I work believing in my work. Believing in all I have to beat Mayweather on May 5 and that’s the thing that’s going to happen on Saturday.”

FNL: I’m curious, how are you going to beat him?

Miguel Cotto training camp

Cotto: “My game plan is putting practice, putting in all the hard-work, all of the plans from my trainer Pedro designed for this fight, and that’s the way to beat Mayweather on Saturday.

FNL: How did getting your revenge against Antonio Margarito in Decemeber change you?

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Miguel Cotto banged up Antonio Margarito’s bad right eye and scored a doctor stoppage after nine rounds at Madison Square Garden. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Cotto: “This winning against Margarito last December brings me back things that he took away from me in 2008.”

FNL: Miguel, you’re going to get the biggest pay day of your career at 8 million dollars…do you consider it the biggest fight of your career?

Floyd Mayweather Jr and MIguel Cotto hit the road in late February for a three-stop promotional tour. (Photos by Ethan Miller and Al Bello/Getty Images)

Cotto: “My upcoming fight is the most important fight until Saturday.”

FNL: When you and Mayweather met for the weigh in and there was no trash talking, it was actually pretty calm, why?

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Miguel Cotto will need a career-defining effort to upset Floyd Mayweather tomorrow night. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Cotto:  “I don’t know, if you need a response for that you have to talk to him.”

FNL: Now, you’ve got a secret weapon in your corner, Former Cuban national trainer Pedro Diaz, talk about what makes him so good and how he helps you?

Pedro Díaz, Miguel Cotto’s Cuban trainer, faces the media in Las Vegas in the buildup to the fight with Floyd Mayweather. Photograph: Steve Marcus/Reuters

Cotto:  “The way he worked with me, the way he make me work everyday, the way he came everyday to the gym with the best he can, trying to take out of me the best I can, he’s the best thing I’ve had in my career.”

FNL: If you win this fight, how likely is it that we will see a second round of you vs Manny Pacquaio?

LAS VEGAS – NOVEMBER 13: Manny Pacquiao (L) and WBO welterweight champion Miguel Cotto (R) pose during the weigh-in for their bout at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on November 13, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Pacquiao and Cotto will meet in a WBO welterweight title fight at the MGM Grand on November 14. Pacquiao weighed in at 144 pounds and Cotto weighed in at 145 pounds. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Cotto:  “I’m just focused on this fight, I don’t talk about anything else until the next fight.”

FNL: Do you think about your Puerto Rican pride, does it affect you at all before a fight?

Miguel Cotto and Pedro Diaz in Training Camp

Cotto:  “I’m a Puerto Rican. I think a lot about my Puerto Rican hertiage, the Puerto Rican people, but I’m coming alone into the ring on Saturday night and I’m going to do my best for all the Puerto Rican fans.”

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IS SERGIO MARTINEZ EYEING WBC BELT AFTER SUNDAY’S VICTORY?

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After taking out Mack The Knife, Argentine boxer Sergio Martinez has his eyes on a middleweight belt.

In a fight dubbed “Get Your Irish Up” on St. Patrick’s night, Martinez dominated Matthew Macklin in an action-packed bout and stopped him after 11 rounds. Macklin, an Englishman whose parents are Irish, was the clear favorite of the crowd at the Theater at Madison Square Garden, but Martinez was clearly the better fighter.

While no major belts were at stake because of sanctioning issues, Martinez kept his reputation as the top middleweight in the world with a late surge. He decked the game but outmatched Macklin twice near the end of the 11th round, then Macklin’s corner asked referee Eddie Cotton to stop it before the 12th round began.

“It was the right thing to stop the fight,” Martinez said. “He will now have a tomorrow. He would not have had a tomorrow if they continued the fight.”

Martinez now is 49-2-2 with 28 knockouts. He struggled early and even had his glove touch the canvas for a knockdown in the seventh round after Macklin connected with an overhand right.

But that was Macklin’s final big punch as he fell to 28-4 and ended the fight on his stool, the blood from cuts on his face having stained his green trunks.

Now, Martinez wants one of the official championships; he had the WBC belt stripped early in 2011 without ever losing it in the ring. He targeted Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. as the logical opponent.

“I want the belt. Chavez has the belt,” he said. “I want a fight with the champion. I won it inside the ring, they took it, and I want to win it in the ring (again).”

In the Garden ring Saturday night, in the final four rounds Martinez was at his best, looking nothing like a 37-year-old fighter as he bloodied Macklin.

The 4,671 person crowd featured a rooting section for Martinez waving Argentine flags that was dwarfed by the green-clad Macklin supporters.

Macklin’s fans vigorously sang the Ireland national anthem, then were invigorated by Macklin’s strong early showing.

But Martinez’s experience began to show in the eighth round, and the bout never was close after that.

“It was about being a mature boxer. It was winning on his mistakes,” said Martinez, who like Macklin weighed 158 pounds.

“The better man won tonight. I thought it was a close fight up until the last few rounds when he pulled away,” Macklin said.

Macklin was ahead on one scorecard until Martinez closed him out. Through eight rounds, though, he was ahead on all three cards.

“I lost my shape a bit,” Macklin said. “I think I proved where I belong tonight and that is in the top two or three. I don’t think too many could give him this tough a fight.”

Martinez’s left-handed stance didn’t bother Macklin early, but when Martinez began connecting with lefty leads, it gave Macklin trouble. And after the quick but undamaging knockdown in the seventh, Martinez rallied with three straight sharp lefts to Macklin’s face.

By the 10th round, Macklin lost all pretense of attacking. He was holding on, trying to be defensive, and Martinez pounced.

In the 11th, Martinez carved up his opponent with a succession of lefts, and both knockdowns came on mammoth lefts.

“I knew he couldn’t handle that,” Martinez said.

Based on Reporting By the Associated Press

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