Mayweather vs. Cotto: Why May 5th Showdown Will Be a Letdown

Jason ClarkCorrespondent IIApril 27, 2012

HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 01:  Floyd Mayweather smiles during a press conference to promote his upcoming fight against Miguel Cotto on May 5 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on March 1, 2012 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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Anytime Floyd Mayweather steps into the ring, the match he is about to fight is highly anticipated.

He and Miguel Cotto are facing off on Cinco de Mayo this year in what will be the marquee matchup of the month, but viewers will leave their seats and televisions disappointed.

Cotto, who is 37-2 in his career, is certainly due credit as a good fighter, but his skills match up badly with Mayweather's.

While Cotto likes to trap his opponents in the corner and take them apart there, one of Mayweather's strengths is his ability to avoid corner traps.

Who has the upper hand? The one who is undefeated, of course.

Cotto's aggressive style being put up against Mayweather's quick and defensive style may look like a good matchup on paper, but in reality it will just be boring.

Cotto will try to slug his way to a victory, but Mayweather will simply use his speed to avoid hits and counterpunches as his main source of offense.

A defensive fight is about as fun to watch as a 0-0 soccer match that never sees the ball pass midfield.

Pre-fight antics are unlikely as well, so fans won't be able to rely on that for an extra spark leading into the matchup.

Both Mayweather and Cotto have been respectful to each other up this point, and there is no reason for that to change. There will be no pre-fight drama for the media to hype up in anticipation of the fight itself.

One thing fans do have going for them is Cotto's resilience and toughness.

A quick knockout would be surprising, so a repeat of the Mayweather-Ortiz ordeal is unlikely. They also have the backstory of Mayweather's June 1st jail sentence to follow, though its effect on the fight itself is minimal.

Viewers will still pay their fee and watch the fight, but it will hardly be worth watching.

This is a fight that has much more potential to disappoint than it does to impress.