Mayweather vs Cotto: How Judges Scored the 12-Round, Super Welterweight Bout

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Mayweather vs Cotto: How Judges Scored the 12-Round, Super Welterweight Bout
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Last night's fight between Floyd Mayweather and Miguel Cotto was dominated by Money May's brilliant boxing prowess. All three judges came up with near-identical scores to give him the unanimous decision and keep his unbeaten streak alive at 43-0.

While there were no knockdowns by either fighter, the action didn't fail to disappoint true fans of the sport. It was a technical fight, and Mayweather once again proved he's the best pound-for-pound boxer in the world, with a dazzling display of offense and defense.

At the end of it all, Mayweather came away relatively unscathed while Cotto's face looked like he'd actually been in a fight. The final scores for each judge were as follows: Hoyle, 118-110; Morse Jarman, 117-111; Moretti 117-111—all in favor of Mayweather.

Here is how the judges scored each round of last night's fight.

 

Round 1

Mayweather came out looking sharper than Cotto. Neither boxer did much damage, but Mayweather clearly got the better of Cotto.

 All three judges scored the round 10-9 in favor of Mayweather.

 

Round 2

Cotto tried to get Mayweather in trouble by getting him up against the ropes, but the plan backfired due to May's brilliant defense.

While Mayweather was trapped, he landed a few shots to the head on Cotto. Cotto responded with a nice combo, but Mayweather landed an uppercut in retaliation. 

All three judges scored the round 10-9 in favor of Mayweather.

 

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Round 3

For the first time in the fight, the judges disagreed. 

Cotto landed some significant blows to the body and head, but Mayweather landed some shots of his own. This is where the fight started picking up steam.

Hoyle and Morse Jarman both gave the round to Mayweather 10-9, while Moretti scored it 10-9 in favor of Cotto.

 

Round 4

Mayweather changed his strategy a bit in the fourth round, staying away from the corners and keeping the action squarely in the middle of the ring. He landed some significant shots to Cotto's head and handily won the round.

All three judges scored it 10-9 in Mayweather's favor.

 

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Round 5

For the second time of the night, the judges were split. 

Mayweather was cornered again by Cotto, resulting in a furious exchange by both men. Cotto landed a hard right to Mayweather's head, but afterwards took 5-6 consecutive punches to the grill.

Hoyle and Moretti gave the round to Mayweather 10-9, while Morse Jarman gave it to Cotto 10-9.

 

Round 6

Cotto finally imposed his will on the indomitable Mayweather, landing punch after punch until finally Mayweather ended up holding onto him for dear life until the bell rang.

All three judges scored this round 10-9 in favor of Cotto.

 

Round 7

After getting beaten soundly in the previous round, Mayweather turned up the heat.

He landed on a number of combos, hitting Cotto with body shots and strikes to the head. This round ended in another clench, as Cotto regained his composure at the end and shoved Mayweather into the corner.

All three judges scored this round 10-9 in favor of Mayweather.

 

Round 8

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Cotto started urgently trying to win the fight in the eighth round. He knew Mayweather was ahead in the scoring and tried to end it with a knockout.

Cotto landed multiple combos, pushing Mayweather into the corner once again. The action in this round was the fiercest we'd seen all night long, and the crowd roared with approval as the bell struck to end it.

All three judges scored this round 10-9 in favor of Cotto.

 

Round 9

After getting his bell rung in the eighth round, Mayweather came out with fire in his belly in the ninth. He fought like he was losing the match and went after Cotto with fury and vengeance, throwing aggressive punches and landing his best combos of the night.

All three judges scored this round 10-9 in favor of Mayweather.

 

Round 10

Mayweather didn't let Cotto get back into the fight after the eighth round. He continued his aggressive attack here in the 10th, landing more punches than his opponent.

All three judges scored this round 10-9 in favor of Mayweather.

 

Round 11

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Both fighters were letting it all hang out at the end of this fight. Mayweather landed an uppercut to Cotto's jaw, and then Cotto responded with a couple of nice lefts to the head of Mayweather. 

Money May finished off the round with a nice combo to solidify his lead.

All three judges scored this round 10-9 in favor of Mayweather.

 

Round 12

The final round was full of hot-and-heavy action from start to finish. Mayweather ended up hurting Cotto with a barrage of straight rights, and Cotto started visibly losing steam at the end.

All three judges scored this round 10-9 in favor of Mayweather.

 

Conclusion

The judges did a nice job, though I am always a bit confused when they don't agree from round-to-round. In the end, it really didn't matter, because Mayweather was clearly the superior boxer and landed more punches than Cotto.

 

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