Neither three-time world champion Miguel Cotto nor WBA 154-pound titlist Yuri Foreman is a trash talker, so, their encounter at the final Yankee Stadium press conference before their bout Saturday night was quiet and respectful. There was none of the posturing and certainly none of the rough stuff that Paulie Malignaggi and Amir Khan engaged in a couple weeks ago before their super lightweight bout.
"Shalom," Foreman said, greeting the media assembled this afternoon in Yankee Stadium's Great Hall. "It's a great, great honor to be fighting in such a beautiful, magnificent venue. This is a great opportunity for me to break in Yankee Stadium. I'm ready in weight. My travels to Yankee Stadium before the fight is going to be exciting with a police escort with NYPD. That's it. Lock and load. June 5th."
Cotto's initial remarks were in Spanish, especially for his Puerto Rican audience. He called Yankee Stadium "magnifico." In English, Cotto added, "We trained hard with a lot of passion, a lot of good ambiance in Tampa [with new trainer Emanuel Steward]. We come here with the same attitude for a great fight on Saturday night. I hope Yuri trained the same and he wants to bring the same kind of fight. On Saturday night, the fans are going to be the winners in this event."
Cotto and Foreman will appear together again before Thursday's Yankees-Orioles game, and their weigh-in at 3 p.m. Friday in Yankee Stadium's Great Hall is open to the public.