Floyd Mayweather Jr will face Miguel Cotto on May 5, live on HBO pay-per-view from Las Vegas, but before that, we're getting damn close to time for the major hype to set in. Part of that will be the debut of the two in the HBO Face Off hot seats, which will premiere on April 3 at 8:45 p.m. EDT.
The "24/7" series will debut on April 14, originally meant to be paired with the highly-anticipated Brandon Rios vs Yuriorkis Gamboa fight, but now going up against, as it turns out, an HBO-distributed but Top Rank-produced PPV featuring Rios and Juan Manuel Marquez in action.
Is anyone expecting much from the "Face Off" or the "24/7," really? Mayweather seems to genuinely respect Miguel Cotto so far -- no trash talk whatsoever, and even Roger Mayweather can't get into much more than, "Cotto's not good enough for Floyd," which isn't exactly a stinging statement or anything. Cotto seems to have the same respect for Mayweather.
Who knows? Maybe Cotto's ultra-calm demeanor and icy insistence that he's going to win will bug Floyd, or at least "bug" him enough to drag out some kind of silly response. I admit I have low expectations for the hype, but I like the fight. I can't see Miguel winning, but if anyone has earned the right to try right now, it's Miguel Cotto.