Miguel Cotto has kept it short at the press stops in New York and Los Angeles. (Photo by Ed Mulholland-US PRESSWIRE)
This one is shorter than the New York quotes, since I did this live and didn't bother with all the side folks like Schaefer and Ellerbe, who basically repeated what they said the other day anyway. This time, all I saw was one fan being scolded, by Mosley and later by Oscar.
"I love the Mexican people and culture and everything. I'm from LA, so...let me just start by saying that."
"I'm sure we're gonna have a great card. I've fought both guys, Mayweather and Cotto, and I just think it's gonna be a tremendous fight. I'm excited and honored to be on the undercard. I know me and Saul can probably hold our own card, but this is a spectacular event, and I'm very honored to be a part of this."
"I'm always happy to fight at the MGM. It's always a wonderful place."
To clarify, the first quote is related to Richard Schaefer introducing Mosley by saying he always beats Mexicans and that's why he's famous. I'm not sure about that, but hey, it's what they're pushing. Mosley looked embarrassed by the idea. Also, Schaefer apparently believes all Mexicans fight the same. Oscar, Margarito, Sergio Mora, all the same. Mexican.
Oscar De La Hoya (Golden Boy Promotions)
"You know that little grandma that is out in the back cooking the tortillas, you know, and she's asking me, (something in Spanish), that's when it dawned to me that boxing is here and here to stay, because you have such a big event obviously with Floyd Mayweather, obviously with Miguel Cotto, with Sugar Shane Mosley, and Canelo Alvarez, this is a big, big event, and we're very excited to be part of it."
"(Canelo) comes from a family of I believe it's seven or eight brothers who all fight, and I believe one sister who also fights ... In Mexico now, he can't even walk the streets, that's how popular he is. He can't even go anywhere. He's teh most popular fighter in Mexico today. And this is the perfect opportunity I say to unleash and show the talent to the world to show what Canelo's all about against a fighter, who everyone knows -- he always rises to the occasion. It's gonna be a very, very competitive, compelling bout."
That was a great story about the grandma cooking the tortillas (and you've gotta see his body...gyrations accompanying the idea of "cooking the tortillas"), but I'm not sure it really means much.
Oscar also said of Golden Boy, "We think outside the box." As usual, no proof was offered for this constant but thus far totally unsubstantiated claim.
"It's an honor for me to be on this card to fight against a legend like Shane Mosley. When I first started boxing, I used to watch film of Shane Mosley. Now that I'm fighting him it's like a dream. You're gonna see the best of me on May 5th."
He said more, I think, but he rattled off a lot and didn't give the translator a break.
"May 5th, two kings of the ring will be facing each other. A king that's undefeated is going to face another king, who is a warrior. And it's going to be a night of partying for Puerto Rico. We know that we're going to be facing a great king in Floyd Mayweather, and a great team. But like any fight, any event, there's always tactics, and that's going to be our victory."
"I'm anxious to start training. I don't want to stop training hard for this fight. I don't want to stop until I've found the tool to beat Mayweather on May 5th."
These are very serious men who do not care to speak so much.
Floyd Mayweather Jr
"Canelo is a fighter who is the future of boxing. Oscar De La Hoya is a legendary champion, Shane Mosley is a legendary champion. Miguel Cotto is one solid, tough cookie. ... You've got four great champions up here. We're gonna give the fans what they want to see, blood, sweat, and tears. The fans, the Mexican fans, the Puerto Rican fans, the Latin fans all over the world have done a great job keeping this sport alive. ... HBO is my home, where it all started from. Of course we all know there's no boxing fans like Mexican fans."
He kind of devolved from here, but wasn't as long-winded as yesterday. Mayweather seems like he's on downers or something, or just completely exhausted. He's switching topics on a dime, just totally out of nowhere he goes into something else.
I also like that one guy is the future of boxing, two other guys are legendary champions, but Miguel Cotto is simply a cookie.
Prior to saying any of this, Mayweather unleashed three "helluvajobs."