PRESS RELEASE: Preparing for his Madison Square Garden debut, undefeated WBO jr. welterweight champion MIGUEL COTTO took a few minutes from his camp in Puerto Rico, where he is training for his June 11 title defense and rematch against nemesis Muhammad Abdullaev, the last man to defeat him -- at the 2000 Olympics -- and offered the following analysis on the May 7 world lightweight title unification fight between WBC champion Jose Luis Castillo and WBO champion Diego Corrales. Presented by Gary Shaw Productions, Top Rank and Banner Promotions, Castillo vs. Corrales will be televised live from Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, NV on Showtime, beginning at 9 P.M. ET / 9 P.M. PT (Delayed on West Coast) CASTILLO VS. CORRALES
ABOUT THE FIGHT...
"It should be a good one. Both guys are strong and have a lot of experience. It should be explosive from start to finish...but the first few rounds are going to be key for both to them, just to see who is going to be able to dictate what kind of fight it's going to be...
"Tough to predict a winner, if Castillo makes it a slugfest he wins. If Corrales can keep him away from him and makes it a boxing match he could win.
HOW WOULD COTTO FIGHT THEM IF THEY CAME UP TO 140?
"I would box Castillo and try to counter him. I would try to keep him off balance by being aggressive sometimes and countering him some. I wouldn't want to fight him at close quarters."
"Corrales, I would counter and make sure that he couldn't fight me from the outside. I would stay close to him to take away his size and reach advantage."
"I WILL GLADLY ROLL OUT THE 'WELCOME MAT' TO THE WINNER, IN DEFENSE OF MY TITLE."