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Pacquiao's win over Cotto doesn't count - Mayweather

ESPN staff
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Floyd Mayweather Jnr has dismissed Manny Pacquiao's 2009 victory over Miguel Cotto, saying he still believes that Cotto is an undefeated fighter.

Mayweather, who meets Cotto on May 5 in Las Vegas, claims the Filipino's 12th-round stoppage triumph should not be a stain on Cotto's record because the bout took place at a catch-weight of 145lbs.

The unbeaten American is climbing from welterweight to meet Cotto, the WBA light-middleweight champion, at his preferred size.

"You have a guy Miguel Cotto. He has two losses, but one of his losses is to a guy at a catch-weight, where he wasn't 100%," Mayweather told boxingscene.com.

"And you have another loss to a guy [Antonio Margarito] who was caught cheating in the sport. I'm [thinking] that I'm facing a guy who's undefeated.

"He faced Antonio Margarito, a guy who everybody said I was scared of, and he got caught cheating. Now you got Manny Pacquiao, a guy who fought Miguel Cotto at a catch-weight.

"So you have one guy who cheating and one guy who fought at a catch-weight. I wanted to fight Miguel Cotto at 154lbs [light-middleweight] because I wanted to fight the best Miguel Cotto."

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