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  Miguel Cotto vs. Ricardo Mayorga
Los Angeles Press Conference

By Carlos Cordoba
Photos: William Trillo

On a gloomy Monday afternoon, Showtime Boxing in association with Top Rank Promotions and Don King Promotions held the final press conference for their highly anticipated card dubbed “Relentless” at the storied Millennium Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles, CA. The fight will take place at the MGM Grand Casino in Las Vegas, NV and will air live on Showtime PPV starting on March 12 at 9:00pm ET.

“Its war, I declare war” said legendary boxing promoter Don King as he walked onto the podium to formally introduce Nicaragua’s Ricardo Mayorga (29-7-1, 23 KO’s) who is five days away from facing the current World Boxing Association Super Welterweight Champion Miguel Cotto (35-2, 28 KO’s).

“We declared war… as I said earlier,” said Don King as he addressed the boxing media.

He followed by making a bold prediction in stating that his fighter will knockout Puerto Rican Sensation Miguel Cotto. King went on to say that if “Cotto should be fortunate enough to vanquish Mayorga, well he has two chances… slim to none, and slim is out of town.”

Don King’s is a certified entertainer and his comments where jovial and comical; albeit, extremely wishful. He is trying to sell the boxing world on a fighter who is on his way out from the sport of boxing in Ricardo Mayorga. It’s Mayorga who stands a slim to none chance of dethroning the current champ. One has to believe that promoter and fighter alike know that they stand no chance of surviving 12 rounds with Miguel Cotto. That did not stop them from selling a pretty appealing fight in a sport where everyone truly stands a chance to be victorious.

“I trained with my heart, and I’m going to knock-out Miguel Cotto so the he can retire forever,” said a confident Ricardo Mayorga as his boisterous promoter stood beside him.

It’s important to note that this press conference was just as much about the co-promoters of Saturday’s event, Hall of Famers Bob Arum and Don King, as it was about the two pugilists that will be featured in the main event. Ricardo Mayorga took that narrative and ran with it.

“… by knocking out Miguel Cotto, I am putting a stamp on this fight, and after my victory the world will know that Don King is #1 and Bob Arum is #2,” said Ricardo Mayorga as his foes sat quietly to his right.

Mayorga continued his amusing verbal assault as the legendary Bob Arum waited patiently for his opportunity to introduce his fighter. When it was time for Cotto to speak, he did so with the same precise, quick, and focused approach that will carry him into Saturday night’s bout.

Miguel Cotto began his brief speech by stating that he had two messages for Don King. The first message was Cotto’s way of foretelling and warning King that Ricardo Mayorga will meet the same fate that King promoted Deven Alexander met against Timothy Bradley in their Jan 29th Welterweight Championship bout. The second message was also concise.

“When you send Ricardo Mayorga to speak, all you can expect is an idiot,” said the Puerto Rican star as he addressed Don King and his fighter.

Miguel Cotto proceeded to pose for pictures along with Bob Arum and his world class trainer Emanuel Steward. He notably declined an invitation by his nemesis for the traditional stare down at the end of the press conference. He chose to leave the conference room instead. Mayorga was innately animated by Cotto’s action.

“Where is all the fear coming from?” shouted Mayorga as he watched Cotto make his exit.

Mayorga continued to sell the fight after Cotto’s exit. While he was talking with the multitude of media in attendance, one had to ask himself. Does Mayorga really believe all the garbage that he is saying? In creating buzz for this fight, did Mayorga really begin to believe that he could compete with a world class boxer like Miguel Cotto?

Ricardo Mayorga has a decent resume with some impressive victories; however, his resume is dwarfed in comparison to that of Miguel Cotto’s. Both camps are correct when stating that this fight will not go the distance. Cotto will stop his counterpart before the seventh round is over, if it even gets that far. In doing so, he will retain his WBA Super Middleweight title and move on to bigger and better things. Margarito anyone!


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