Haven’t we been here before? Former welterweight champion and junior middleweight titlist Ricardo Mayorga (29-7-1, with 23 KOs) is matched with an A+ level opponent, talks a lot of crap before the fight and gets wiped out come fight night. He never goes down without a fight and always entertains, but outside of his two victories over the late Vernon Forrest, Mayorga has fallen as the entertaining B side against the likes of Oscar De La Hoya, Felix Trinidad and Shane Mosley.
So do not be surprised to see the same thing happen to him again come March 12 when the Nicaraguan faces off against junior middleweight titleholder Miguel Cotto (35-2-2, with 28 KOs) in Las Vegas, NV, at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino.
But of course, the master of trash talking was on full display earlier today when the two principals came together at a press conference to officially announce their bout in New York City. Below are some highlights of what he had to say.
“I made a promise to Don that I will never fail him. Don is the best promoter in the world and Bob (Arum) is a close second. I will prove to everyone on March 12 that I am the man and you are the woman.
“That belt you are holding, polish it up for me because I will be taking it on March 12. I will make a promise here today that I will knock him out in four rounds.
“I have been watching all of your fights for the past two months, you are punch drunk – you can’t take a punch anymore and I will retire him. You and your trainer will fail.
“Like Margarito after the Pacquiao fight, you will be thinking about retiring when I am done with you. I will make you think twice about getting in the ring again. Don’t let your mom or your family suffer anymore by watching you get in the ring. I will knock him out and prove to the people in Nicaragua and here that I am better than you in that ring.
“This is the first time I will fight someone that is as small as a kid. I think my pants are taller than you.
“Buy the pay-per-view so you can watch the retirement party for Miguel. Your hands are like a woman’s. Look at my hands – they are man’s hands. You came to Nicaragua and talked smack and told everyone I was a nobody. On March 12, all the Puerto Ricans are going to be wearing black for your wake. You will pay for what you said.
“I see fear in your eyes. We have never crossed paths but I have to tell you I have never liked you as a fighter.”
As for Miguel Cotto, he certainly could not match Ricardo Mayorga word for word, so he kept his comments brief while sneaking in a few verbal jabs here and there. Below is a snippet of what the champion had to say about his opponent.
“Welcome to the first press conference where Ricardo Mayorga talks. I am a professional fighter and I know what my job is. My job is to fight in the ring and make good fights because nobody wins a fight with their mouth.
“Yesterday I was with him and he was playful and serene but today I guess he gets excited with all the lights and cameras on. When we get to the fight there will be lots of cameras on there also, but you will have to fight to back up your words.
“I didn’t interrupt you so don’t interrupt me – the door is over there if you want to leave. With those little pants I beat Shane Mosley. Do you remember him? Shane Mosley?”
Stay tuned in the coming weeks for undoubtedly more verbal abuse from both men as fight time nears.