Floyd Mayweather Beats Miguel Cotto Via Unanimous Decision

Mick Akers@@mickakersAnalyst IMay 6, 2012

LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 05:  (R-L) Miguel Cotto throws a right punch at Floyd Mayweather Jr. during their WBA super welterweight title fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 5, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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In a fight that was as close of a fight as Floyd Mayweather has seen in his 43 fights, Miguel Cotto took Money May the distance but came up short in the end, losing a unanimous decision, 117-111, 117-111 and 118-110, losing his WBA junior welterweight title in the process.

In a fight that saw a lot of up close, in-your-face action, neither fighter landed any real big-time shots, but both landed effective blows that showed on each other's faces.

More than a few rounds could have went either way, but Money May seemed to deflect enough punches to earn the points in the majority of those rounds.

Anyone who watched the fight has to applaud Cotto (37-3, 30 KOs); he gave his all, and it was the best a fighter has looked against Mayweather (43-0, 26 KOs) in his entire career.

As good as Cotto was, changing up the pace and going from offensive to defensive, Mayweather was always a tad bit better, showing his superior boxing skills.

In all, if Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao don't come to terms, yet again, once Money May fulfills his three-month jail stint beginning on June 1, then a rematch with Cotto would be must-see TV.

Mayweather did have a battle, but he showed he has the grit to tough out a physical fight, making one think that Money May would have no problems taking out Pacquiao in their possible megafight.