Mayweather Vs. Cotto: Money Earns Unanimous Decision Win

Floyd Mayweather won a unanimous decision over Miguel Cotto to maintain his title belts and undefeated record on Saturday night.

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Mayweather Vs. Cotto: After Thrilling Win, Floyd To Serve Jail Sentence

With a thrilling victory over Miguel Cotto, Floyd Mayweather's next challenge will be outside the ring, as he's set to serve an 87-day jail sentence at the Clark County Detention Center in Las Vegas. Mayweather has to report to the Detention Center in less than a month on June 1.

The sentence stems from a domestic violence incident nearly two years ago, when he allegedly attacked his ex-girlfriend and mother of his children Josie Harris. With charges initially calling for maximum 34-year prison sentence, Mayweather entered a plea of no contest on two harassment charges and reached a plea bargain for a reduced domestic violence charge that resulted in the 87-day sentence.

After his win over Cotto on Saturday, Mayweather addressed the upcoming jail term. Via David Mayo of MLive.com:

"It's just an obstacle that's in my way," Mayweather said. "The only thing I can do June 1st, when I go away, the only thing it will do is make me strong as a person, and next time I'm faced with that situation, approach it in a different way."

With jail time next on the horizon, there's still plenty of mystery over which direction Mayweather and his promoters will go for his next opponent.


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Mayweather Vs. Cotto: Manny Pacquiao, Justin Bieber, And 5 Questions From The Casual Boxing Fan

The immediate aftermath of any boxing fight is always a bit strange. Guys who were attempting to kill each other for more than half an hour instantly become venerated competitors, and the fog of politics and fame that clouds the sport descends once more after lifting for moments. The wake of Floyd Mayweather's unanimous decision victory over Miguel Cotto is no different: answers are scarce, but questions are not. Here are five questions the casual boxing fan might be wondering about this morning, and the best answers we've got.

What did Mayweather prove against Cotto?

Few people gave Cotto a chance to do much damage against the defensive wizard, despite his exceptional punch accuracy, and although he took a few rounds from Mayweather and made him bleed his own blood, Cotto really was never in position to win the fight. Mayweather didn't deal Cotto any blows of consequence, either, never knocking him down and showing only a bit of power while fighting up at a weight he's unused to, but he got a win and gave fans a fight that was worth their time and money.

Speaking of, that was a really good fight, right?

Absolutely. Mayweather's no stranger to fights going the distance, and is still boxing's biggest draw and most controversial figure, but our Brent Brookhouse, one of the Internet's most dedicated boxing fans, expressed his relief that he didn't have to make excuses for the sport after another lackluster fight involving Mayweather or Manny Pacquiao. Cotto came to fight, and made hay when he got inside and cut off Mayweather's room to run, but that opened him up to Floyd's own shots; similarly, Cotto making Mayweather bleed is about as close as anyone has come to really rocking him in years, but all it did was force the champ to stay on his toes. He did, with defense that's as much a treat to watch as ever, and got a result that will leave diehard and casual fight fans happy.

Now what? Is that Mayweather-Pacquiao fight ever happening?

Well, first, Floyd Mayweather is going to the ol' hoosegow, serving a 90-day jail sentence this summer for domestic assault. But after that, Mayweather says he wants to fight Manny Pacquiao, and to make the megafight that has been anticipated for years. Mayweather's got very few other logical challengers, and Pacquiao has even fewer, so the prestige boost for either man, should he win that hypothetical bout, makes it a Holy Grail for them as much as the fans who lick their lips over the possibility.

But Mayweather is also explicitly saying that he doesn't think that fight will happen. He's also saying ridiculous things about how he offered Pacquiao $40 million and was turned down by a guy who wants a 50-50 split, and blaming Bob Arum, and answering questions from Larry Merchant about whether he will ever come off his desired 60-40 split by talking about blood tests. It's hard not to wonder if all the posturing is just posturing. All we know for certain is that fans will still snap up Mayweather-Pacquiao PPV packages if and when it comes into existence; both men and their teams know it, too, and that gives them a lot of leeway.

So, uh, what was that Justin Bieber cameo about?

Mayweather walked to the ring with Bieber and 50 Cent carrying his belts, and then WWE star Triple H joined him near the ring. After the fight, Mayweather took this photograph with Bieber, 50, and Lil Wayne.

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Whether that quartet is going to form the 2012 edition of The Firm is beside the point, though, because Mayweather did what he intended to do by bringing Bieber out: he got people talking, and leveraged Bieber's popularity to expand his own — think of how many 15-year-olds, and not just girls, might have learned about Floyd Mayweather because of Justin Bieber and a Twitter trending topic last night. As for Bieber, the benefits of joining the "Money Team" are obvious in every bizarre picture and the video of the walkout: for a night, in close proximity to the baddest boxer in the world, everyone thought Justin Bieber was kinda cool.

Was this a good night for boxing as a sport, then?

Yeah, probably. Mayweather's camp got a win that reaffirmed their champ's superiority and an eight-figure windfall; HBO likely got around two million PPV buys despite Golden Boy Promotions charging $70 for the fight, failing to provide an online stream, and sending thousands of viewers scurrying to illegal online options; Cotto got his own millions, and burnished his "warrior" rep; Pacquiao, somewhere, probably got another confirmation that he can touch up Mayweather and didn't lose his status as Floyd's eventual challenger; boxing bigwigs can take pride in knowing that their main draw thumped the UFC on FOX event convincingly, despite that card turning out three excellent fights in four bouts; fans both diehard and casual got a good fight.

The problem for boxing, though, is that it can always have good nights, and must-see nights, as long as Mayweather and Pacquiao are around, but those guys will not be around forever and may not ever meet in that megafight. Two good nights a year are not enough to sustain the sport. Saturday night didn't do a lot to eliminate that concern, and boxing's stuck hoping that Mayweather-Pacquiao can happen and hoping that there will be something else after that or in place of it. Hope is good, but this seems more like a puncher's chance than anything.

Got any other questions? Got answers for me? I'll be hanging out in the comments, and I'd love to hear them.


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Mayweather Vs. Cotto: Results And Post-Fight Analysis

I should start by pointing out just how nice it is to have nothing but good things to say after a boxing pay-per-view involving either Floyd Mayweather or Manny Pacquiao for once. In Mayweather's last fight he knocked out Victor Ortiz while Victor appeared to be having some sort of mental breakdown and before that it was his drubbing of a lifeless Shane Mosley and then not even bothering to make weight before beating up on the far-too-small Juan Manuel Marquez.

Pacquiao's last fight, against Marquez, was great action, but for the third time it seemed like the judges gave Manny some questionable scoring to give him the win and before that he too engaged in punishing the shell of Shane Mosley and post-handwrap controversy Antonio Margarito.

For once, we got to see one of the best in the world step into the ring and leave without controversy or disappointment. It's quite a nice feeling.

Now, on to some random thoughts from the evening:

  • I'm not exactly sure why Larry Merchant can't just tone it down a bit. I've gotten a kick out of his act in the past, but when he interviewed Floyd after the fight, he started it with a discussion about how Floyd apologized for their confrontation after the Ortiz bout and then immediately took a negative tone with his questioning. Mayweather was in a great mood though and managed to just smile through it while speaking highly of Cotto.
  • Floyd Mayweather had said in the build up to the fight that he has it in him to brawl if he has to, and he was forced to at times during this fight. Cotto was relentless in pushing him into the ropes and trying to work the body, and Floyd responded by cracking Cotto with heavy power. There was a moment in round eight where Floyd actually looked "worried" when being hit in the corner, but he came out in round nine and stopped the momentum that Miguel had going. It was a special performance by a special fighter.
  • On Floyd's jail time: he's sentenced to 9 months, but expect him to serve 6 in a fairly easy stint. I know it's popular to think of movies where Floyd is sharing his cell with a hardened criminal and having to worry about being shanked, but it's much more likely that he spends a bunch of time away from general population, being kept safe and probably watching TV and reading his days away.
  • If there was any doubt over Cotto's credentials as a hall of fame level fighter, they should be erased now. The only two men with legitimate victories over him are Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather and he pushed both men hard. Manny was able to wear Cotto down late and take the fight over, but one wonders if Cotto's new trainer (who seems to have gotten Miguel's conditioning in a better place) might be able to help him not fade so badly. Floyd had to actually bust his ass to win the fight, meaning Cotto may have a legitimate case for the third best fighter of his era, especially given that he has a clean win over Shane Mosely at a time when both men would be considered "in their prime."
  • Speaking of Mosley, if he does decide to call it a career after taking a beating at the hands of Canelo Alvarez, he'll be a guy deserving of the deepest respect boxing fans can give. Mosley was a true elite competitor for years and years, putting on memorable wars, picking up marquee wins and carrying himself like a true professional. While he did pick up yet another loss tonight, he came to fight, unlike the shell of himself that showed up against Pacquiao, Mayweather and Sergio Mora. He didn't have enough to win, but he had enough to at least go out on a fight he can be proud of.
  • Canelo Alvarez is a treat to watch fight. He throws everything with seriously bad intentions and would have stopped almost anyone on the planet with the shots he landed on Mosley. Shane's chin is just freakish and able to deal with getting cracked by huge shots without him being KO'ed. Canelo has a bright future and central to that is just how much he loves the fight itself. He's fought 41 times and is only 21 years old. He suffered a bad cut early in the fight, but showed maturity in not freaking out and just continuing at the same exact pace, with the same exact intentions. He has that "something special" and is going to do huge things in and for the sport of boxing.
  • Jessie Vargas isn't particularly interesting to watch, if he had a bit of punching power he'd have something to look out for, but instead he just picks apart guys like Steve Forbes. I'm not sure how high the ceiling is on Vargas at this point. Scott Christ of Bad Left Hook seems to think that he can get to the championship level (since it's so easy in today's boxing climate to earn a title) but not be an elite fighter. That's probably fair, but he's going to need the right opponent to be a great TV fighter.
  • I told you to bet on Carlos Quintana as I felt that he was a great value as an underdog against Deandre Latimore and I told you that I also fully expected him to win. And, guess what? He proved me right. I thought he'd outwork a hesitant Latimore to take a decision, instead he just came out and busted him up until Latimore collapsed to the ground and couldn't get to his feet, forcing the ref to call it of. Latimore is just not as good of a fighter as they want him to be and Quintana, while flawed, always seemed like he was too much for Deandre.

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Floyd Mayweather's Next Fight: Wants Pacquiao, Canelo Out, Cotto Rematch Possible

It wasn't exactly a shock when Floyd Mayweather said that he wants to finally get a fight with Manny Pacquiao made following his great win in a tough fight over Miguel Cotto. It also wasn't a surprise when Floyd evaded actually answering the question when HBO's Larry Merchant asked if he would be willing to budge on his prior statements that he wouldn't give Manny a 50/50 purse split.

The fact that Floyd isn't likely to ever agree to a 50/50 split with anyone, and Top Rank, Manny's promoter, isn't likely to ever agree to anything less, is going to always stand in the way of that fight. And if it isn't the 50/50 split, it'll be something else.

Coming into the evening, it was believed that Saul "Canelo" Alvarez, who drubbed Shane Mosley on the undercard, would be put into the next Mayweather bout. But HBO's broadcast team said that they were told by Oscar De La Hoya, Canelo's promoter via Golden Boy Promotions, that Canelo wasn't quite ready to take that step. Given that Alvarez is only 21 years old and is already basically a cash cow for Golden Boy, it's not surprising that they're not quite ready to rush him into a fight that is probably a little over his head at this point.

The most attractive option may be a rematch with Cotto. Miguel was able to put on a tremendous challenge, doing enough to convince much of the live crowd that he deserved the victory. In the end, Mayweather did deserve the decision and it wasn't controversial in the least. But Cotto is still a superstar and he made Floyd fight like no one has in a long time, actually getting a great fight out of the usually cautious Mayweather.

There are a few other options, like facing the winner of Andre Berto vs. Victor Ortiz, but I don't think a rematch with the mentally fragile Ortiz does much for business and Berto isn't quite on Floyd's level.

The Cotto rematch would give Canelo a bit more time to get to where Golden Boy wants him before throwing him in to the deep end while still having a huge fight for Floyd. This makes it the best option and certainly a lot more likely than a bout with Pacquiao.

Of course, Floyd has a bit of jail time to serve before he's really worrying about who he will step into the ring with next. So it may be a little bit before we know what's next for sure.

Regardless, Mayweather left us with a great fight that will have boxing fans very excited to find out what comes next.


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Mayweather Vs. Cotto Result: Floyd Mayweather Takes Hard Fought Decision Win

Miguel Cotto came out and put on a hell of a show in his HBO pay-per-view bout with Floyd Mayweather, being the first man to really test Floyd for any sustained amount of time since Mayweather fought Jose Luis Castillo twice in 2002.

Cotto was able to trap Floyd against the ropes much of the fight and dig to the body, and eventually that opened up hard shots to the head that did draw blood from the nose of "Money." But in the end, it was Mayweather's ability to get his hard right hands, uppercuts and jabs in with enough regularity to take most of the fight.

Mayweather took the fight on official scores of 117-111, 118-110 and 117-111. The crowd disagreed, having been caught up in the underdog putting forth a tremendous effort, but we had the fight scored 116-112 here at SB Nation, so it's hardly an indefensible score.

We'll have some deep insight on the fight in the coming day, including an in-depth look at the action.

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PHOTO: Floyd Mayweather Accompanied To Ring By Justin Bieber, 50 Cent

The rumors were swirling around the Internets like wildfire for days leading up to the much-anticipated Cinco de Mayo showdown between Floyd Mayweather and Miguel Cotto. Would Justin Bieber be in Mayweather's entourage? Wouldn't he? Why would he in the first place? Mayweather is known as being one of the athletes with the most "street cred," but with Bieber in tow, would that be threatened?

That last point remains to be seen, but, along with 50 Cent, who was by Money's side when he took on Victor Ortiz last year, Bieber was there in all his moussed-hair splendor. Picture via @jose3030:

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Holding not one, but two of Mayweather's belts, Bieber was there and featured prominently, alongside 50 Cent. WWE star Triple H joined the duo later in the walk to the ring.

The only question that remains: if Manny Pacquiao-Mayweather happens, who gets added to the entourage? At this point, the only step is the resurrected corpse of Elvis Presley. Or Tupac's hologram. Or the Dalai Lama.


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Mayweather Vs. Cotto: 'Sugar' Shane Mosley Unsure On Retirement Following Loss

"Sugar" Shane Mosley was non-committal after his loss to Saul "Canelo" Alvarez when pushed on if he would retire from the sport of boxing. He explained that "when the kids start to beat you up, it might be time to start promoting." He also gave Alvarez credit as being "the better man" on the night.

Mosley made it clear that he still needed to look at the fight before making a decision, but his eyes seemed to tell a different story. He looked profoundly sad while speaking to HBO's Larry Merchant about the way the fight went down. He certainly took a lot of punishment over his career and has slowed down considerably over the last five years.

If this was it for Shane, he went out in respectable fashion. Yes, he took a beating, but he never stopped coming forward and trying to make something happen. His career has been legendary and he certainly is a first-ballot hall-of-famer when he does make the final decision to hang up the gloves.


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Mayweather Vs. Cotto Results Live: Canelo Beats Mosley In A Lopsided Decision

Saul "Canelo" Alvarez came in to his fight with "Sugar" Shane Mosley as a heavy favorite looking to add a win over a big name to his resume. For Mosley, it was an attempt to prove that he still had something left and could compete at the highest levels of the sport after a string of disappointing performances.

Mosley came out early wanting to establish his jab while Canelo circled, attempting to figure out his timing before landing a hard jab to get his own offense rolling. Mosley looked quite slow to react defensively to the strikes of his foe. Canelo did crack him in the first with a big left, and Mosley tried to come back with his own flurry, but it was an opening frame devoid of much sustained action or success. The blueprint for the fight appeared to be laid out early, with Canelo looking to pick his spots while Mosley walked forward sticking out his jabs.

Round two was similar with Mosley trying to walk forward before Alvarez landed a cracking right to the head and a nice body shot, giving him the confidence to be the one walking forward. Canelo turned up the power punching to the head and body. To Shane's credit, he was fighting back more than he ever really did against Pacquiao or Mayweather (aside from his brief moment of success wobbling Floyd). Canelo's shots were landing with thudding power in the final stages of the round.

With the fight wearing on, the pattern of Mosley's never having been knocked out continuing past this night appeared unrealistic. But the two men did have their heads clash with Canelo suffering a nasty cut, bleeding badly outside his left eye. For his first real cut as a professional, Canelo didn't appear particularly bothered as he continued his power shots up and downstairs.

As round five ended, Canelo appeared to be pulling away. Mosley was busier in terms of throwing more punches, but Alvarez's were so much harder and he was landing at a good enough clip to clearly overtake the numbers Shane was trying to put up.

By the seventh round it was getting difficult to watch Mosley take loads of punishment, his will keeping him up but Alvarez's shots landing one after another. Shane was giving it all he had, but at this point in his career, what he has is not enough and his heart was becoming a danger to his brain.

Round eleven was Mosley's best round since the first, trying to fire power shots and actually landing, but the younger, stronger fighter was still there, throwing hard shots and rocking Shane's head back with regularity.

Mosley just didn't have enough to keep the fight close, but he had the guts and heart to get to the final bell of the last round. It may have been dangerous for him to stick it out for all twelve rounds, but in all honesty, anything less just wouldn't have been in keeping with the career of Sugar.

When the final scores were read, they were as lopsided as it appeared throughout the evening. Canelo won on scores of 119-109, 118-110 and 119-109. It was now Floyd Mayweather's turn to get the job done against Miguel Cotto and attempt to set up a late 2012/early 2013 bout with young Alvarez.


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Mayweather Vs. Cotto Results Live: Jessie Vargas Beats Steve Forbes By Decision

Steve Forbes came into his bout against Jessie Vargas on the undercard of the HBO pay-per-view for Floyd Mayweather vs. Miguel Cotto as a late replacement. Faded from his peak, when he was a title challenger level opponent, Forbes had a big uphill battle in front of him.

That battle was made clear late in the first round when Vargas turned up his aggression, while Forbes, the very heavy underdog, spent the flurries on the defensive. Vargas controlled the action with an accurate jab while continuing to avoid return shots from Forbes, either moving out of the way or picking off the punches with his gloves.

The pattern continued throughout the ten rounds of the bout. Forbes gave it a decent effort, especially given the circumstances surrounding his late replacement status for the fight. Vargas was just too effective with the jab and a level ahead of the aging, faded Forbes.

The outcome wasn't much in doubt by the time the official scores were read:

100-90, 97-93 and 98-92 were the scores as Jessie Vargas remained undefeated with a unanimous decision.


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Mayweather Vs. Cotto Results Live: Carlos Quintana Knocks Out Deandre Latimore In Sixth

Carlos Quintana and Deandre Latimore kicked off the action for the Floyd Mayweather vs. Miguel Cotto HBO pay-per-view broadcast. Latimore came out looking to throw with power while Quintana looked to move laterally and pop of the jab and straight left hand.

Quintana spent the first round alternating between moments of pressure but then going back to circling on the outside and somewhat giving away the opening frame. Quintana picked up his workrate a bit in the second round, picking spots to engage while Latimore tried to swing heavier blows. Latimore was cut in the second round, however, right along the eyelid area, establishing a target for Quintana to aim for going forward. Replays did show the cut came from a headbutt, rather than a punch.

Round three saw Latimore unable to deal with the offense of Quintana. Quintana was able to land hard shots through the guard of Latimore, outworking him and seeming to baffle him more with every moment. Latimore was implored to do more between rounds and did step it up a touch in the fourth.

The pace picked up in the fifth with Quintana doing good work early before Latimore landed a sharp hook that backed Carlos off. Seconds later Quintana started pouring on power punches and Deandre was forced to clinch.

In round six, Latimore was getting pounded with huge shots from Quintana and, with his eyes clearly unfocused from the damage, ate a straight left to the jaw and dropped to the mat.

It was a minor upset at the Vegas books, who had Latimore a slight favorite, but one that many writers (yours truly included) saw coming.


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Mayweather Vs. Cotto: Live Streaming Video Of Undercard Fights

Floyd Mayweather and Miguel Cotto will hit the ring tonight at roughly midnight, after three televised undercard bouts on HBO pay-per-view (which starts at 9 p.m. ET). But before the main card kicks off, we have live video of the off-TV undercard.

Here's the video, courtesy of Yahoo! Sports, it should start at roughly 7 p.m.:

The undercard looks like this:

Featherweight: Braulio Santos (5-0, 5 KO) vs. Juan Sandoval (5-8-1, 3 KO)
Welterweight: Antonio Orozco (13-0, 9 KO) vs. Dillet Frederick (8-5-3, 5 KO)
Junior Welterweight: Omar Figueroa (15-0-1, 12 KO) vs. Robbie Cannon (12-6-2, 6 KO)
Welterweight: Keith Thurman (16-0, 15 KO) vs. Brandon Hoskins (16-0-1, 8 KO)

We will have plenty more coverage of the main card fights including fight-by-fight and round-by-round coverage of the main card and reactions to the evening's action tonight and tomorrow. So keep your browser locked right here for our continuing coverage

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How To Watch Mayweather Vs. Cotto: Live Streaming Online, In Bars, Theaters Or TV

Golden Boy Promotions is a little behind the times when it comes to using the Internet, which means that the pay-per-view for Miguel Cotto vs. Floyd Mayweather will not have any sort of online pay-per-view stream available. This is unfortunate for fans, given that Golden Boy's top competitor in Top Rank has been offering their PPVs online for a while, following the UFC's lead of providing as many ways for fans to pay for your product as possible.

The good news is, there will be a live stream for the off-TV undercard made available. We will be carrying that here on SB Nation with a start time of roughly 7 p.m. ET.

As for ways to watch the main card? There are really three options:

  • Order the PPV through your cable or satellite provider. That one is kind of obvious.
  • Go to a bar. A list of participating bars can be found here.
  • Watch the fight in a theater. The fight is being shown in theaters across the country and checking your local listings should locate one within a reasonable driving distance.

We'll have you covered with all the news and results you can handle through today and the fallout of the event tomorrow, so keep your browser locked in for plenty more action.

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Mayweather Vs. Cotto: Preview And Prediction

More: Latest odds and results are here.

The current estimated jackpot for the Powerball jackpot this past week was $37.5 million dollars, a truly life changing amount of money. It's also an amount of money that is well below what Floyd "Money" Mayweather will take home from tonight's HBO pay-per-view bout against Miguel Cotto. As we reported yesterday, Floyd will be taking home a cool thirty-two million dollars as his guaranteed purse, but that's before taking home a slice of every PPV buy, t-shirt, hot dog, beer...etc.

It's tempting for the logical side of one's brain to kick in and ask if that's too much money for one man to make off a single night's work. Of course, it's unfair to Floyd (or any boxer) to ignore the work that comes before that "single night of work." The paydays he gets now, as the best fighter on the planet, are a culmination of a life's work. A brilliant amateur career that should have culminated with an Olympic gold medal (robbed from Floyd by awful judges) came on the back of a hellish youth for Mayweather. Floyd was raised in the worst part of Grand Rapids, Michigan, dedicating himself even harder to his craft as his father landed in jail for selling drugs.

Every moment of Floyd's life and career has led him to the point he'll be at tonight, undefeated at 42-0 and the best boxer on the planet. The only American fighter capable of creating the buzz and attention for a boxing fight, $32 million may be an underpayment for his importance to the sport in it's current state. To treat it as though Floyd will show up in the ring after lounging on his couch since his bizarre clash with the unhinged Victor Ortiz is to ignore everything that makes Floyd, Floyd.

At 35-years-old, Mayweather isn't quite as fleet of foot as he once was but remains as dedicated to his training as ever. He has traded footwork for increased shoulder-rolls and an improved willingness to stand (still nearly impossible to hit clearly) in front of his foe, picking the perfect spot to unleash his straight right hand. Floyd utilizes that weapon the way a 14 year-old abuses a broken, unstoppable play on the latest edition of the Madden franchise. His opponents know the punch will come, they prepare for it, but it happens and it lands with such speed as to leave his foe unable to respond with a return shot.

The unstoppable simplicity of his offense (Floyd doesn't really dabble in elaborate combinations) combined with the brilliant subtle complexities of his defense set him apart from not only his contemporaries, but practically every human being to ever set foot in a boxing ring. Diego Corrales, Jose Luis Castillo (twice), Zab Judah, Oscar De La Hoya, Ricky Hatton, Juan Manuel Marquez and Shane Mosley are just some of the elite names to have stepped in the ring with Floyd only to end up another number on Mayweather's record.

Standing across from Floyd, looking to avoid becoming "43," is Miguel Cotto. The latest in a long line of great Puerto Rican fighters, Cotto has a resume that would be looked at as fairly incredible against any other opponent. Winning titles at junior welterweight, welterweight and now sitting alone atop the junior middleweight division, Cotto has been one of the most successful boxers of his era. The holder of a 37-2 record, one of his losses is questionable at best, a crushing TKO loss to Antonio Margarito who was discovered to be loading his gloves against Shane Mosley and the other was to a once-in-a-lifetime type of fighter in Manny Pacquiao, at a catchweight.

The conditions of Cotto's losses have had Mayweather repeatedly say during the build up to their "Ring Kings" clash that he considers Cotto to actually be undefeated. Weather that is simply a way for Floyd to minimize the accomplishments of Pacquiao, a rival Floyd could, but likely will never, fight or simply fight hype is irrelevant. Cotto's resume is worthy of admiration.

Despite a personality that is far more "everyman" than Floyd's "Superman," Cotto's success and likeability have turned him into the biggest star in boxing not named Pacquiao or Mayweather.

The actual tale of the fight is simple. Mayweather is a better fighter. This is true because Mayweather is amazing, not because Cotto is not a worthy challenger. Cotto, for all his talent will enter the ring as a +450 to +550 underdog, based on the cold logic of the emotionless Vegas bookies.

The 2007 version of Cotto would have likely given Floyd fits, still possessing the solid power that left him in his move up to 154 along with a bit more quickness and dedication to body work. The 2012 version is a bit slower and past his prime in a different way than Mayweather. He still has enough power to hurt Floyd, but his game will make it hard for him to get that job done.

Short of jumping in a time machine and going back to those younger days, it's hard to figure out a way for Cotto to pull off the win. Maybe he can rough Floyd up, maybe he can manage to hurt him early and keep him from ever truly recovering. Or, maybe Floyd just shows up as the better man and wins the fight based on the most simple truth in boxing...the better fighter almost always wins.

Prediction: As I've been saying, Floyd is better than Miguel. Both men are hall-of-fame fighters, both are a bit removed from their best years but Floyd remains a brilliant talent and the best boxer in the world, while Cotto is "only" good enough to be the best man in a division.

I don't think Floyd does enough damage to get the stoppage over Miguel, but I do think he plain outworks him enough to take at least nine rounds.

The fan in me will be rooting for Miguel, he's such a good man and a great boxer that it would make for a beautiful story if his hand were the one raised when it's all said and done. While boxing isn't "dying" it'd certainly be nice if Cotto were seen as "the man" representing the sport instead of Mayweather, who will head to do jail time for domestic violence following the fight.

The role of the boxing underdog is to deny what others accept as "reality," and I have no doubts Cotto will give it his best effort to do just that. But Floyd will simply be too good.


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Mayweather Vs. Cotto: Floyd's Purse $32,000,000 For Bout

After revealing earlier this week that Miguel Cotto would make $8 million for tomorrow's bout with Floyd Mayweather on HBO pay-per-view, the Nevada State Athletic Commission has confirmed Mayweather's purse for the fight. Floyd will be adding $32,000,000 to his bank account just for stepping between the ropes for the bout.

Of course, everyone knows that the $32 million is only the tip of the iceberg. Floyd will also make a significant cut of the pay-per-view with reasonable projections set at 1.25-1.5 million buys at $70 a pop. And, as he famously pointed out before the Victor Ortiz fight, he gets a cut of basically everything else that happens in the night, from the ticket sales to hot dogs and t-shirts.

Paydays like these put those huge sports bets that Floyd loves to brag about in perspective. Risking a million dollars is just not the same for him as it is for almost anyone else on the planet.

"Money" Mayweather indeed.


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Mayweather Vs. Cotto Weigh-In Results: Live Video Of Fighters Stepping On The Scales

Floyd Mayweather and Miguel Cotto will hit the scales this evening ahead of tomorrow's HBO pay-per-view clash. This will be Floyd's first fight at 154 pounds since 2007 when he came up in weight to get a superfight with Oscar De La Hoya. Floyd has said publicly that he doesn't expect to come in much above 150 pounds for the bout. For Cotto, this is a weight that he has fought at since moving up in weight in 2010 to defeat Yuri Foreman at Yankee Stadium.

The weigh in will also be shown live on HBO starting at 6 p.m. ET. The actual stream below is courtesy of Yahoo! and should go live around 5:45 p.m. Boxing weigh-ins move fast, usually with the main event fighters hitting the scales first so if you want to see Floyd and Miguel make it official, make sure you're locked in on time.


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Mayweather Vs. Cotto: Undercard Previews And Predictions

For all of his other faults as a boxing promoter and human being, Don King used to put on a hell of a pay-per-view card. It's something that boxing had gotten away from for years before a recent focus by promoters on trying to beef up their undercards, possibly in response to the UFC's "the event is the thing" approach. It's still not reliable that undercards deliver the goods, but events like Miguel Cotto vs. Antonio Margarito have shown a shift in thinking with multiple quality fights.

The May 5 HBO pay-per-view event headlined by Floyd Mayweather vs. Miguel Cotto is not exactly one of these "new view" cards, however. Let's take a run through the fights that will be appearing before Mayweather and Cotto step through the ropes.

Shane Mosley vs. Saul "Canelo" Alvarez

This is a fight designed to look like a "second main event" for the night. Mosley (46-7-1, 39 KO) still carries with him a considerable amount of name value, based on a lengthy career which saw significant time spent as one of the best pound-for-pound fighters on the planet. Canelo is a young, undefeated stud who represents the next wave of Mexican superstars.

The problem with this fight isn't the general public's knowledge of the fighters, it's with age. In the year of the 21 year old Alvarez's birth, Mosley was becoming the United States lightweight amateur champion and winning a bronze in the Goodwill Games. When Canelo was 10, Mosley was beating Oscar De La Hoya and had been well established as one of the top fighters in the sport.

Now 40, Mosley has put on exactly one good performance since 2008, his shocking upset of Antonio Margarito, moments after Margarito was found loading his hand wraps in the locker room. Beyond that it was an uneven performance against a limited and old Ricardo Mayorga, a horrible fight that ended in a draw against middling Sergio Mora and losing 23 of 24 combined rounds against Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather.

While there is no shame in getting trounced by Pacquiao and Mayweather, the two best boxers on the planet, it's the way it went down. Other than the first round against Floyd, Mosley offered no real resistance and showed no willingness to pull the trigger and try to fight back. The man we've seen in the ring is not the battling warrior that boxing fans grew to love and respect, he's someone who looks content to "play opponent" and just try to get to the scorecards.

Alvarez (39-0-1, 29 KO) has his own liabilities, he's got some holes defensively and his 39-0-1 record has come against questionable competition. Of course, he's still far ahead of where almost every other 21 year-old would be in their development, having turned pro at 16. He's also got solid power and commendable tenacity. There's just something about Canelo that is the clear marking of a fighter when you watch him operate. Yes, his footwork may be clunky at times and his body might not always be correctly positioned, but he's a guy who loves the fight and, quite frankly, is pretty damn good at it.

This is boxing, stranger things than the legendary Shane Mosley defeating a lightly-tested 21 year old have happened. But, again, Mosley is 40 and it's been five years since we've seen him fight like a top-level fighter with any hint of consistency. If I trusted him to fight like he did against Cotto in 2007, I'd pick Shane in a heartbeat. But this is 2012 and logic dictates that I take 'Canelo' Alvarez by decision.


Related: Bad Left Hook - Canelo vs Mosley Fight Preview


Jessie Vargas vs. Steve Forbes

Forbes (35-10, 11 KO) comes in as a late replacement, stepping in for an injured Alfonso Gomez. He's been around the block once or twice and now he's starting to break down on the tail end of an unspectacular, but ultimately respectable, career. Reaching the finals of "The Contender" and being used as a tune-up opponent for Oscar De La Hoya will remain Forbes' claims to fame after he steps away from the sport.

Much like Mosley, it's been years since Forbes looked particularly impressive and he's fighting over his best competing weights.

Vargas (18-0, 9 KO) is a solid fighter who has put on a good show several times in his young career. His bout with Josesito Lopez on the undercard of Mayweather vs. Ortiz was a really entertaining battle that saw Vargas pushed hard but come out with the narrow split decision.

Both men lack any punching power of note, which means that we're probably in for all ten rounds. Forbes will give it his best, but his best isn't good enough at this point. The hope for Vargas is that he manages to get through this fight without any issues and start moving toward a shot at one of the numerous alphabet titles floating around boxing. That should happen as I see Jessi

e Vargas winning by decision.


Related: Bad Left Hook - Forbes Vs. Vargas & Latimore Vs. Quintana Preview


Deandre Latimore vs. Carlos Quintana

Latimore (23-3, 17 KO) and Quintana (28-3, 22 KO) are similar in the respect that their biggest moments didn't quite extend into their careers to the extent many thought they would. Latimore pulled off an upset on Friday Night Fights over Sechew Powell in 2008, but didn't turn that into a big career like many envisioned, instead seeming almost to shift down a bit, even dropping a rematch to Powell before signing with Mayweather Promotions (Floyd Mayweather's promotional company without a promoter's license) and putting on a dud against Milton Nunez on ShoBox.

Quintana was the first man to beat Paul Williams, taking a deserved decision over him in February 2008. He would end up knocked out in the first round of their rematch that June, but he still had a "marquee win" that he'll carry with him the rest of his career. Aside from the two bouts with Williams, Quintana has also fought Miguel Cotto and Andre Berto, both stoppage losses. So it's not really up for debate who has faced better opposition.

Looking at the promoters involved and seeing Latimore's association with the Mayweathers and knowing how Al Haymon (who does have his hands in Deandre's career these days) conducts business, one would think Quintana is a hand picked opponent. I'd agree if I thought Deandre had more power than he does, given that his stoppage rate dropped significantly after taking the "step-up" in his career. Instead, I think Quintana outworks an ineffective, non-aggressive Deandre Latimore over ten rounds for a decision win.


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Mayweather Vs. Cotto: Miguel Cotto To Make Well Over $8 Million For Fight

Floyd Mayweather's nickname may be "Money" but getting a date in the ring against him these days puts a few extra zeroes on the paycheck of any other boxer. With Miguel Cotto well established as the third best drawing fighter in the sport, behind only Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao, he is going to make some serious money off of his challenge to put the first loss on Floyd's record.

Dan Rafael of ESPN tweeted out the purse figures Cotto (but not Floyd):

Mayweather purse will be given to commission Thursday. Cotto purse is $8 million (plus ppv upside). #boxing #RingKings
May 02 via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply

That pay-per-view cut will likely be substantial given that it's realistic to assume the fight will bring in upward of 1.5 million pay-per-view buys.

Dan also continued by getting into the undercard fighter pay:

More purses for the PPV: Canelo $1.2M, Mosley $650K, Latimore $55K, Quintana $23K, Vargas $125K, Forbes $40K. #boxing #RingKings
May 02 via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply

Saul "Canelo" Alvarez may be the top young star in the sport and he's getting a sizeable payday to take on the very faded, but still well known, "Sugar" Shane Mosley in the featured undercard bout.

We'll have much more on the fight over the next few days, including an update with Floyd's guaranteed money.


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