Michael Koncz on Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao: "If the fans still want to see this fight, we're willing to do it."
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"It's always incredibly interesting whenever there is controversy around a decision or what happened in a particular fight and everything that went on. But mostly, this was an exciting fight.
"I think that they're perfectly match, stylistically, and Khan has every motivation to get back what he believes that he should have come away with the first go-round.
"But, you know, I think that Lamont Peterson is a fascinating story, and, again, I can not predict this fight, and this is the kind of thing that we want on HBO boxing.
"We just want fights where you go into these fights and you don't know who is going to win. I can not tell you. I could guess, but it would only be that. I do not know who is going to win this fight."
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"I think that this is tougher for Floyd in that he's never been at 154 against someone like Miguel Cotto [other than Oscar De La Hoya.] In fairness to Oscar, that was an Oscar who was well past his prime. So this is a guy who is at 154 because he's solid at that weight, and who is not at 154 because he's old.
"He's at 154 because that's his natural and best fighting weight. Cotto is as tough as nails, and, again, there is no quit in him. I think that it's an intriguing fight for Floyd. It's going to be a spectacular night of boxing. I won't ever underestimate Floyd Mayweather.
"He's the most dynamic fighter in the game and maybe in history, so it's hard to ever bet against him. But I don't think that he's ever fought anyone at this weight at this young part of his career and in the prime of his career as is Miguel Cotto.
"So, I think that it's a tough, tough night, but as Floyd often says: This is a contact sport, and he's not going to get out of this fight without contact. Miguel fights in a style that is very crowd-pleasing."
Note: Also part of the Mayweather-Cotto event is an under card bout during which WBC junior middleweight beltholder Saul "Canelo" Alvarez (39-0-1, 29 KOs) defends against ex-titlewinner Shane Mosley (46-7-1, 39 KOs).
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