Mayweather vs. Cotto: Why Mayweather Will Win It with Total Domination
A bout between two of the biggest names in boxing, Floyd "Money" Mayweather, Jr. and Miguel Cotto, is scheduled for Saturday night at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino Grand Arena in Las Vegas.
The (Super) Light Middleweight title is on the line, a title the Puerto Rican born Cotto has already defended twice against Nicaraguan brawler Ricardo Mayorga and Mexican boxer Antonio Margarito. Cotto won the title by defeating Israeli pugilist Yuri Foreman by technical knockout in 2010.
Arguably the most successful fighter in the history of professional boxing and considered the best pound-for-pound boxer in the world by many, Floyd Mayweather's flawless 42-0 record is in jeopardy as the American goes for his ninth major world title.
Neither boxer has any significant size advantage, Mayweather measuring in one inch taller, and both fighters will weigh in at no more than 154 lbs. at the official weigh-in.
While Mayweather's undefeated record is almost inconceivable, Cotto's 37-2 record is nothing to scoff at. The 31-year-old's only losses are to Antonio Margarito (which he later avenged) and boxing legend—and maybe the second best fighter in the world behind only Mayweather—the Philippines' own Manny Pacquiao.
While this fight is projected to be one of the most brutal, most entertaining fights in recent memory, there's no reason to believe Mayweather won't walk away with his 43rd career victory and another title to add to his already lengthy list.
Come On, He's "Money!"
Mayweather didn't earn the nickname "Money" for no good reason. Over his undefeated professional boxing career, the 35-year-old has earned hundreds of millions of dollars in both prize money and endorsements.
Taking into consideration a more slang meaning of the word, Mayweather literally is money. He's never lost a fight in his professional boxing tenure.
Known for his nearly impenetrable defense and lightning quick punches, Mayweather will be looking to minimize the effects of Cotto's heavy, head-rattling punches. In his 37 wins, Cotto has recorded 30 knockouts, six clean and 24 technical.
While Mayweather is four years older than his opponent, he showed no signs of his age in a fight against 29-3-2 Victor Ortiz last year to claim the World Boxing Council's Welterweight title.
While Cotto will be one of the toughest fighters Mayweather has ever faced, he didn't become the best by beating up amateurs.
Third Time's the Charm
Mayweather has fought once per year since 2009, and hasn't been in the ring for an official match since September of 2011 when he beat Ortiz.
Cotto defended his title first in March of 2011 and again in December 2011, only about five months ago.
If age old idioms hold any truth, Cotto's due to lose his third attempt at defending his title.
While this isn't an exact science, it's hard for any fighter to enter the ring three times in just over 14 months, especially against a fighter of Mayweather's caliber. Cotto is a professional, and he will be ready for the fight physically and mentally, but a human body can only take so much abuse. One of Mayweather's biggest advantages is the time he's had off to recuperate compared to the short turnaround of Cotto.
A few well placed punches by Mayweather and this fight could be over early.
Mayweather Wants Pacquiao
According to ESPN.com (and many other sources) Mayweather actually wanted to fight Pacquiao on May 5th. He even called him out on Twitter.
The fans want it, and there's no doubt Mayweather wants it. When Mayweather beats Cotto, Pacquiao may not have a choice but to agree to a tilt against the undefeated, newly crowned (Super) Light Middleweight champion of the world.
Being one of the only boxers to beat Cotto, the lightning quick Pacquiao could be the one to break the goose egg in Mayweather's loss column if the two ever decide to touch gloves.
Sure, Mayweather is focused on the fight at hand, but he definitely has a brawl with Pacquiao in the back of his head. By beating Cotto, Pacquiao might feel more obliged to step up and take on "Money." If you want to be the best, you've got to beat the best. Pacquiao would have a legitimate shot at dethroning the king, and Mayweather wants to erase any doubts as to who's the best in the world.
A Mayweather vs. Pacquiao bill would be a media dream, and with a victory against Cotto, there's a very good chance that dream could turn into a reality.