Floyd Mayweather Says He Will Knock Miguel Cotto out on May 5th

Mick AkersAnalyst IApril 26, 2012

LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 24:  Boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. works out in front of the media at Mayweather Boxing Gym on April 24, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Getty Images)
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Undefeated welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather is not one who usually predicts a knockout before one of his fights, but Money May is doing just that leading up to the May 5th showdown with Miguel Cotto.

Mayweather said:

This fight won’t go the distance. He’s coming in for the kill and I’m going in there for the kill. This is boxing, this is the hurt business, it’s about excitement and that’s what I’m here to do.

Money May's claim may be unexpected, but it doesn't mean it can't come to fruition. The fight is taking place at a 154-pound weight limit in the junior middleweight division—a division Cotto currently holds the WBA title in—and Mayweather will have a few more pounds behind his punches, which could help net him the KO victory he's claiming.

The 35-year-old Mayweather (42-0, 26 KOs) has mentioned that he has become more of a standstill fighter in his older age, which creates more opportunities for a heated exchange which could allow Money May to make good on his prediction of a early stoppage in the Cotto (37-2, 30 KOs) bout.

Cotto has only lost twice in his career, once to Antonio Margarito and once to Mayweather's pound-for-pound rival, Manny Pacquiao. Both of those were TKO victories, which shows that Cotto, although he rarely loses, can be stopped early.

Mayweather will also put himself in danger if he does indeed go for a KO, as being more aggressive means he will also make himself more susceptible to taking a big punch himself, which could backfire on the usually elusive champ. Cotto has more than enough power to KO Mayweather, as he has 30 KOs in his 37 wins, so Mayweather should be vary wary if and when he goes in for the stoppage.

Whatever happens, the fact that Mayweather is letting the world know he is looking for a KO victory against Cotto makes the big fighter that much more interesting and sets us up for what should be a very exciting fight, which usually isn't the case with the methodical Money May.