Mayweather vs. Cotto: Junito Fought the Fight of His Career in Loss

Kevin Van PeltCorrespondent IMay 8, 2012

LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 05:  Miguel Cotto (L) hits Floyd Mayweather Jr. during the 12th 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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Miguel Cotto showed us all why he should be considered one of the best boxers in the world with his performance against Floyd Mayweather, Jr.

Cotto came into the match with a record of 37-2 and had already established himself as a great boxer. A victory over Mayweather would have been monumental for his legacy. He may not have received as much notoriety at first due to stories about the buzz kill on a Mayweather fight against Manny Pacquiao, but it would have changed Cotto's life.

Coming into the fight, Cotto was not given a chance by many people. Mayweather was going to be too fast for Cotto and his longer reach would give him an advantage. However, Cotto proved he was worthy and gave Mayweather the biggest test of his career.

The early rounds looked like another easy win for Money May, but Cotto hung in strong and came out strong in the middle rounds with a fury of punches. He was able to get Mayweather on the ropes and connect with a lot of body shots.

At one point in the match, Cotto may Mayweather bleed from his nose and mouth. This was a new sight for all of us to see. Pretty Boy was getting beat up. He was dodging big hits like he usually does, but he was not getting away from all of them. From that point on, the fans knew they were in for a great fight.

Through 11 rounds Mayweather looked like a beaten man. At one point, I thought he may even get knocked down if Cotto could land a good shot. However, that didn't happen and Mayweather remained undefeated.

Junito's performance did tell us though that he was a worthy opponent of Mayweather's. In recent years, the thought has been Pacquiao or bust. Cotto proved us wrong. His power, speed and will to win is something that needs to be cherished in boxing and he needs to recognized more by the casual boxing fan.

He will most likely get more attention for his next bout and it will be interesting to see what kind of draw he receives. One thing is for sure, if he fights like he did against Mayweather with any other opponent, he will win.