RING KINGS Mayweather VS Cotto
It’s not the fight of the century fans hoped for, but the announcement of that Floyd Mayweather Jr. will fight Miguel Cotto on May 5 in Las Vegas shouldn’t disappoint anyone.
Mayweather was granted a one-fight license to face Cotto at the MGM Grand on May 5 by the Nevada State Athletic Commission in a unanimous vote. Mayweather told the commission the deal was in place to fight junior middleweight Cotto.
Mayweather (42-0, 26 knockouts) and Cotto (37-2, 30 knockouts) will be an entertaining fight with buildup potential similar to Cotto’s recent victory over his nemesis Antonio Margarito. Like Margarito, Mayweather is a larger than life personality full of big talk, trash talk, and never-ending talk about himself, his talents and his exploits. The pride of Puerto Rico, Cotto turned a slow burn to his advantage. While he is known for his sportsmanship and good manners, he has his say when the time is right and he prefers to do his talking in the ring.
Mayweather is 34; Cotto is 31; there is a one-inch height advantage for Mayweather, but he fights at a weight of 147 while Cotto goes at 154. Speculation is that they’ll agree to a “catch-weight” of 150. However, at his only fight in the 154-pound class, Mayweather beat Oscar de la Hoya in 2007. The two fighters have also agreed to Olympic-style drug testing.
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