Mayweather vs. Cotto: Battle Proves Floyd Is Not Invincible

Nick HartCorrespondent IMay 7, 2012

LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 05:  (L-R) Miguel Cotto throws a left 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 Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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Miguel Cotto just got beat by Floyd Mayweather, yet still managed to prove that Floyd Mayweather isn't invincible and that he can definitely be beaten. Cotto fought a strong fight, but ultimately lost by unanimous decision 118-110, 117-111, 117-111.

In defeat, Cotto provided the strongest argument yet that Mayweather isn't invincible.

Even though Cotto lost, and lost rather significantly, his ability to take multiple rounds off of Mayweather as well as his ability to cause physical damage to Floyd's face proves that Mayweather is certainly beatable.  

Through the first eight rounds, the outcome of the fight was certainly in question, with Cotto taking multiple rounds.  During these middle rounds, Cotto was able to consistently connect with the normally impossible-to-hit Mayweather, ultimately bloodying his nose. After eight rounds, the judges had the action scored 78-74, 77-75, 77-75, much closer than anyone anticipated.

Cotto has demonstrated the proper game plan on how to beat Mayweather and Mayweather's next opponent will surely utilize it.

Ironically, Mayweather's ability to vanquish Cotto with relative ease actually casts even more doubt on his ability to end his career undefeated.

By beating Cotto handily, the only viable opponent left for Mayweather is Manny Pacquiao, the No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter in the world. Pacquiao is more than talented enough and powerful enough to put Mayweather down.

At this point, Mayweather will only damage his legacy if he refuses the fight against Pacquiao and fights inferior competition.

Miguel Cotto came into this fight against Floyd Mayweather with a nearly perfect game plan, and the possibility of an upset was prevalent through the first eight rounds. His ability to bloody Mayweather's nose and mark up his face proved that Mayweather is no longer invincible.

With Mayweather running out of viable opponents to face, it is only a matter of time till he fights Manny Pacquiao, a fighter who is more than capable of ending Mayweather's undefeated streak.