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Ricardo Mayorga cuddles up to Manny Pacquiao: ‘I think he’s great and clean’

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To borrow one of Muhammad Ali’s most often used wisecracks, Ricardo Mayorga is not as dumb as he looks.

While the uncouth loudmouth from Nicaragua has been badmouthing fine gentleman and March 12 Showtime PPV opponent Miguel Cotto day and night, Mayorga had nothing but high praise for Manny Pacquiao as he visited New York along with co-promoters Don King and Bob Arum last week.

“I have no interest in fighting Floyd Mayweather,” the 37 year old Mayorga told me in a relatively quiet corner of BB King’s after he had lambasted Cotto on the dais. “I have no interest because he runs away from all his opponents so the fight would stink, the people wouldn’t like it.”

“I don’t care what some people about Pacquiao, I think he is a great fighter. He’s like me, he tries to entertain the fans, he is aggressive and he makes good fights.”

Mayorga, who was stopped dramatically at the 2:59 mark of the final round by Pacman’s May 7 foe Sugar Shane Mosley, takes a 29-7-1, 23 KOs record into his next bout and figures to be a prohibitive underdog against the younger (age 30) Cotto. Cotto’s pro mark is 35-2 with 28 KOs.

Mayorga is not deaf, he’s heard the persistent whispers and the back alley allegations that Pacquiao’s ring achievements may be tainted by…

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