Floyd Mayweather and Miguel Cotto Swap Praise Instead of Blows at Apollo
(L) Floyd Mayweather and (R) Miguel Cotto pose at a press conference to promote their upcoming fight on May 5 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas at the The Apollo Theater on February 28, 2012 in New York City. (Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
HARLEM The crowd was hyped, the music was loud and two gold-colored thrones sat on the stage of the Apollo Theater during the second leg of Floyd "Money" Mayweather and Miguel Cotto's tour to promote their upcoming title bout in Las Vegas.
The event had all of the pomp and circumstance of a big-time boxing match but none of the venom as the men shook hands and even complimented one another, with Mayweather calling Cotto "one of the best."
"It was a dream of mine to come to the Apollo," Mayweather said as his entourage, including rapper 50 Cent, looked on. "I never thought I would be on this stage."
But all the niceties will end when the brawlers get in the ring, Mayweather reminded the crowd.
"When it comes down to it, it's one on one," he said.
The world-class boxers will meet for the WBA super welterweight world championship at the MGM Grand on May 5.
"I want this day to pass quickly and get training," Cotto said. "On May 5, I'm going to make every Puerto Rican proud."
The event, which was open to the public, drew hundreds of people who formed a line in front of the Apollo that snaked around the block.
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