Floyd Mayweather Jr is expected by his uncle and trainer Roger to knock out Miguel Cotto on May 5. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
Though Floyd Mayweather Jr is doing his best to sell May 5 opponent Miguel Cotto as a great fighter and great champion, and sell the idea that he's venturing into Cotto's world at 154 pounds, his uncle and trainer Roger Mayweather is just being himself, keeping it real, and downplaying Cotto as any type of threat. From BoxingScene.com:
"[Floyd] knows what he has to do when he gets in there. It will be no different than the last guy whose ass he whooped. It will be no different than Ortiz. What difference is there with [Cotto] and Ortiz? He ain't faster than Ortiz. Remember, [Floyd] already fought at 154. He whooped De La Hoya at 154 and that's about damn near ten years ago. Who says that he's even better than De La Hoya?"
In Roger's world, I'm pretty certain that Lilfloyd has never even passed offensive-smelling gas, so asking him to recall that Floyd had some obvious issues with the weight at junior middleweight the one time he fought there would be unrealistic, plus anyway, you can argue (and I already have) that Cotto isn't Oscar and won't have the physical advantages Oscar had, so in his roundabout Roger-like fashion, he is right as rain.
As for his ability to measure time, that's a bit more suspect. Oscar and Floyd fought in 2007, which is not what most would call "damn near ten years ago."
Mayweather (42-0, 26 KO) is a -700 favorite against Cotto (37-2, 30 KO) right now, which is about what he was in September against Victor Ortiz -- some lines were higher, some a little lower, but on average over five sportsbooks he was a -680 favorite over Ortiz.