Mayweather vs. Cotto: Why Both Men Are Walking Away as Winners

Henry MartinSenior Analyst IJune 24, 2016

LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 05:  Miguel Cotto (L) hits Floyd Mayweather Jr. during the ninth round of their WBA super welterweight title fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena May 5, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mayweather won by unanimous decision.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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Yesterday, Floyd Mayweather Jr. (43-0 26KOs) went to war with Miguel Cotto (37-3 30KOs) in one of the biggest fights of the year.

Mayweather was really put to work as Miguel Cotto was unrelenting with his attacks and was even able to damage Mayweather.

In the early rounds, Mayweather was bleeding from his nose and mouth. He continued to bleed throughout the whole fight thanks to Cotto's jab.

It was an impressive performance by both men: Mayweather with his pin point accuracy and defense and Cotto with his pressure on the ropes. It was an exciting night with 12 rounds of nonstop action that kept the crowd excited throughout.

In the end, Mayweather was decisive in his victory and won a very competitive but unanimous decision with scores of 117-111, 117-111 and 118-110 from the judges.

Even though Mayweather was the only person to walk away with a win on his record, both men were winners in the ring last night.

Both men earned their highest-ever career purses for the fight.

Mayweather walked away with a record high $32 million guaranteed purse while Cotto was given an $8 million guaranteed purse.

The guaranteed money is impressive considering it doesn't include the Pay-Per-View money both are set to make later on.

At 35, Mayweather is still an impressive figure. He looked bigger than Cotto in the ring come fight night. He showed that his skills are still intact, his speed is still there and he still has the power to hurt people.

Cotto was an absolute warrior who's stock did nothing but rise.

He showed that he isn't damaged goods and can compete with the best in the boxing world. Should Cotto continue to fight, there's no doubt that the big money fights and high profile fights will still be there for him.

He showed the world that Mayweather could get hurt and may even be beatable.

May 5th was the biggest, high-profile event in boxing so far this year.

While it probably won win Fight of the Year awards (that is reserved for Salido/Lopez 2 so far), it will be memorable among casual and hardcore boxing fans alike.

Cotto and Mayweather deserve all the props in the world because they went out and gave the fans a show that was well worth the PPV price.