In boxing, sometimes you have to take what you can get. In the case of Mayweather vs. Cotto, you can expect to get a lot.
There's no reason to think that the match-up between Mayweather and Cotto can't be an instant classic.
On the line for Cotto is a chance to transcend his secondary status, where he has nipped at the heels of boxing's welterweight elites for much of his career. A win would solidify his status as a legitimate Hall of Famer.
Mayweather, on the other hand, is undefeated and carries all the bravado and bluster of an undefeated fighter. Mayweather's status in boxing's history is already well-defined. He's one the greatest ever.
He's made an art out of defense. When he's on his game, which is pretty much every fight, he's darn near impossible to hit.
And somehow he's made himself into one of the most unlikable athletes in the world.
Cotto is the heavy underdog, but there's several glimmers of hope to cling to for Cotto fans and certainly a big enough body of work to expect a good fight, win or lose.
Here's six subplots for your fistic fantasy.