The 43rd man to face Floyd Mayweather suffered the same fate as all others before him, as Miguel Cotto fell short in his attempt to become the first boxer to hand the sports’ pound-for-pound king a loss.
All three judges gave Mayweather the nod, but the fight was a lot closer than the scorecards suggested.
After getting dominated in the earlier rounds of the fight, Miguel Cotto started fighting back in the latter rounds, giving Floyd Mayweather his toughest test in a while. At the end of the day, Cotto simply didn’t have the technical skills needed to dethrone Mayweather – who was so confident, he decided to play Cotto’s game, staying on the ropes and landing some pretty sharp counters.
With the win, many boxing fans will once again hope for a super-fight against Manny Pacquiao, and Mayweather seemed open to the idea.
“Let’s give the fans what they want to see,” Mayweather told HBO commentator Larry Merchant after the fight. “They want to see Mayweather and Pacquiao. … I’ve been trying to make the Pacquiao fight… Miguel Cotto agreed to take the blood and urine test. Pacquiao can do the same.”
For Cotto, he certainly gained a lot of new fans with his performance against Mayweather, and I’m sure he won’t have any problems getting other big-name opponents. I for one wouldn’t mind watching him fight Pacquiao again, but at 154 pounds this time around.
Prior to the Mayweather-Cotto bout, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez fought Shane Mosley, walking away with the unanimous decision. However, his performance left many boxing fans wondering if he’s ready for the likes of Mayweather. Boxer turned promoter, Oscar De La Hoya, is one of those fans, and he indicated that the Mexican boxer won’t be fighting Mayweather anytime soon. If Canelo is up for another tough fight, I say put him in the ring with Cotto.
Without a doubt, Mayweather and Cotto lived up to expectations, and I couldn’t be happier with either boxer. May 5, 2012 was definitely a great day to be a boxing fan.
David is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and boxing practitioner who has watched and studied MMA for the past 9 years. Send him your questions @davidkingwriter.