The Las Vegas Sun reports that Mayweather had this to say about Cotto after his unanimous decision victory:
"Cotto is a future Hall of Famer. He's no pushover, and he came to fight. He didn't come just to survive. He came to fight. I dug down and fought him back."
I agree with Mayweather that Cotto's not a pushover. He is one of the best boxers in the world. The problem is, when he has had the chances to fight true Hall of Famers,—Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao—he has been soundly beaten.
The Hall of Fame should be reserved for truly elite boxers. Cotto is an amazingly talented fighter, but he isn't close to being in the same category as Mayweather and Pacquiao.
Here's an excerpt of SI.com expert Chris Manixx's live blog of the Cotto vs. Pacquiao fight, in case you have forgotten how badly he was beaten by Pacquiao:
From Round 9: Pacquiao just teeing off. Ref watching closely. He checks on Cotto. Cotto spitting blood. Coming out his nose now, too. This might be his last round. His face is a mess...
From Round 11: Laser left by Manny opens the round. Cotto just staying out of the way. Manny taps his gloves together, as if urging Cotto to fight. Cotto cornered now. Fires back! Manny buckled! Now Manny chasing again. Fans chanting for the fight to be stopped. Manny just teeing off. Cotto just trying to survive.
Now, if Cotto had won at least one of the fights against these two legends, I'd be singing a different tune.
In addition to the fact that his game doesn't measure up to Mayweather's or Pacquiao's, Cotto's name doesn't measure up, either.
Per GMA News, Cotto only received 35 percent of the purse against Pacquiao—earning $12 million compared to Pacquiao's $22 million.
Dan Rafael first reported Cotto's $8 million prize for fighting Mayweather via Twitter, but as good as that is for him, it's only 25 percent of the $32 million Money May pulled in for the same fight (h/t Yahoo! Sports).
Cotto doesn't inspire the kind of buzz and admiration worthy of a Hall of Fame boxer. For all you Cotto supporters, I'm not trying to suggest that he isn't a tremendous athlete and boxer; he clearly is a special talent and one of the sport's best fighters right now.
Cotto just isn't Hall of Fame material.