Floyd Mayweather vs. Miguel Cotto: Cotto Is 6-0, 5 KO Against Undeated Fighters
Mayweather has the skills, but will Cotto, the current WBA junior middleweight (154 lbs) world champ, be too big?
Mayweather has said during the promotion of the fight that "if a guy has hit the canvas before, it's in the back of his mind that he can go down again." Cotto went down twice against Margarito and Pacquiao.
Will Cotto be susceptible to go down against Mayweather?
To answer this and other questions concerning Cotto's chances against Mayweather, here's a look at the six undefeated fighters Cotto has faced and beaten.
Miguel Cotto vs. Carlos Maussa December 6 2003
Cotto arrived on the professional boxing scene as a junior welterweight (140 lbs) in 2001. It didn't take long for him to rack up the victories. He went 17-0 going into a fight with his first undefeated warrior.
Carlos Maussa (20-5, 18 KO) was 17-0 as well at the time he met Cotto in Puerto Rico. Maussa fought bravely but was outboxed and being beaten to a pulp by Round 8 when the fight was stopped on cuts.
Miguel Cotto vs. Kelson Pinto September 11 2004
Cotto challenged Kelson Pinto (24-2, 22 KO) for a vacant WBO world light welterweight (140 lbs) championship that would become his first world title.
Pinto was 21-0 at the time with 19 knockouts under his belt. Cotto was 20-0 at the time with 16 knockouts, but Pinto was destined to become his 17th as Cotto wore him down with consistent work to the body.
Pinto had defeated Cotto twice when they were in the amateurs, but Cotto showed Pinto that this was professional boxing and a lot had changed.
Pinto was aggressive and even able to outbox Cotto in pieces of the fight, but Cotto's relentless, accurate hooks to the body dropped Pinto three times throughout the fight en route to a TKO in Round 6.
Miguel Cotto vs. Ricardo Torres September 24 2005
Cotto faced his next undefeated fighter, Richard Torres (33-2, 29 KO), who arrived as a late replacement for Gianluca Branco (45-3-1, 23 KO).
Branco only had one loss to the late great Arturo Gatti (40-9, 31 KO) at the time. A hand injury would prevent Branco from facing Cotto in 2005. Cotto would get his chance to knock Branco out next year.
Branco's replacement proved to be the biggest test of Cotto's career to that point. Torres' right hand hurt Cotto repeatedly throughout the night, even dropping Cotto in the second round.
Cotto had never been down before in his professional or amateur career. Torres repeatedly hurt Cotto during the fight with his right hand.
Had there been a different referee that night, Cotto possibly would've been stopped in the second round. The punishment he took was that intense, but Cotto fought through it to drop Torres four times.
Torres was dropped with a flurry that was punctuated by a left uppercut to the chin in Round 7 that ended it all.
Miguel Cotto vs. Paulie Malignaggi June 10 2006
Cotto engaged in his final junior welterweight (140 lbs) battle vs. Malignaggi (30-4, 6 KO), a trash-talking Brooklyn native who had an undefeated record of 21-0 to Cotto's 26-0.
The fight would become the first time Cotto met an undefeated fighter in Madison Square Garden.
New York is a city where Cotto would go on to gain a special relationship with the fans. Cotto is 9-0, 5 KO in New York fights and 7-0, 4 KO in fights at Madison Square Garden.
Malignaggi, not known as a powerful puncher, actually abandoned his lightning-quick boxing style to try to brawl with Cotto from the opening bell. Cotto easily countered with left hooks to the body and up top.
Malignaggi made the fight very exciting, winning the respect of countless fans and journalists, but not the fight. He walked away with a swollen face and a bruised ego as Cotto walked through his lighter punches.
Malignaggi broke Cotto's six-fight knockout streak by surviving to lose a unanimous decision that was surprisingly close with scores of 115-112, 116-111, 116-111.
If this fight shows anything, it's that if Mayweather, often accused of having speed with no punch, doesn't get Cotto's respect with his punching power, Cotto will walk him down and make him pay brutally for it.
Miguel Cotto vs. Carlos Quintana December 2 2006
Cotto makes his welterweight (147 lbs) debut against fellow Puerto Rican Quintana (28-3, 22 KO) who was 23-0 at the time. The fight was for the vacant WBA welterweight world championship.
Quintana used his longer reach of 72 inches to outbox Cotto with accurate jabs and consistent movement for the first four rounds. Cotto would touch Quintana in Round 4, but not enough to win the round.
But in Round 5, Cotto's power and relentlessness caught up with Quintana and a left to the body sends Quintana down. Quintana survives and another hard left sends him to a knee.
Though Quintana would get up to survive the round, his refusal to come out for Round 6 ended the fight by TKO. Quintana showed that Cotto could be outboxed, but that it's hard to do so without being worn down.
Miguel Cotto vs. Yuri Foreman June 5 2010
Cotto fought at junior middleweight (154 lbs) for the first time against WBA world champion Yuri Foreman (28-2, 8 KO). The fight took place at the Yankee Stadium and would be a night to remember.
Foreman was able to outmaneuver Cotto in the beginning rounds, but Cotto was catching up to Foreman with left hooks to the body as well as upstairs. The action intensified until Round 7 when Foreman fell.
Foreman slipped multiple times due to his leg giving out on him. The referee allowed Foreman to walk it off and then continue. Foreman hobbled on to receive more punishment from a merciless Cotto.
In Round 8, Foreman's trainer threw in the towel, but the referee wouldn't allow the trainer to halt the bout. The fight continued until Round 9 as Cotto dropped Foreman with a left to the body that ends the fight.
Foreman is the the last fighter to be relieved of his "0" from Cotto so far.
Miguel Cotto vs. Floyd Mayweather May 5 2012
Cotto vs. Mayweather is long overdue. Now that it's finally happening when Cotto is 31 and Mayweather is 35, one has to wonder if age will play a role? Mayweather's been coming forward lately.
Is Mayweather trying to offset the loss of his legs by staying in the pocket? If so, will Cotto catch Mayweather with a left to the body that will send him to the canvas?
At 35-years-old, Mayweather is still looking pretty awesome in the ring, but how awesome will he look against Cotto? The answer will be on HBO pay-per-view on May 5.