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Miguel Cotto on Floyd Mayweather: "I Will Beat Him"

Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

By now you've certainly heard that Miguel Cotto has landed the May 5 fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr, who was granted a one-fight license by the Nevada commission today.

The Puerto Rican star took to his Twitter for a short, sweet update on the fight:

I'm back in the ring on May 5th and I will beat him
Feb 01 via Twitter for iPhone Favorite Retweet Reply

That's Miguel Cotto for you, I guess. Always to the point. Doesn't mince words.

Reception to the fight has been mixed. It seems like a lot of boxing fans who follow consistently are fine with the fight, some even like it a lot. The general public reaction has been largely negative that I've seen. This is normal. It happens every time Floyd or Manny sign a fight. Everyone complains, then the numbers never really budge once fight night rolls around. But we'll see. There does have to be a wall sometime.

One thing I'm assuming has led to the general public not being excited at all is that they care about basically two guys and mostly care about one fight that isn't happening. I also don't believe that they were as informed about the status of the Mayweather-Pacquiao negotiations (if you'll call them that) because they don't follow along every day. They get their boxing tidbits (their Manny and Floyd tidbits) from SportsCenter or Around the Horn or PTI or First and Ten, where the only time they really talk about boxing, it's about the fight that isn't happening.

So I'm getting the feeling a lot of people thought it was still possible that Mayweather vs Pacquiao would happen in May. Most of us here knew that ship sailed a couple weeks ago, for good. So this is no surprise to us. It may be a surprise to some.

As for Manny Pacquiao, nothing is set in stone yet, but he'll be facing Timothy Bradley next unless something dramatically changes soon.

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