Mayweather vs. Cotto: Why Cotto Had Best Chance of Ending Money's Win Streak

Mick AkersAnalyst IMay 8, 2012

LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 05:  Miguel Cotto and Floyd Mayweather Jr. react after the end of the 12th round after their WBA super welterweight title fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 5, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mayweather Jr. defeated Cotto by unanimous decision. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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A few days have passed since the Cinco de Mayo junior middleweight superfight between the still undefeated Floyd Mayweather and his opponent, Miguel Cotto, but the world is still talking about how great a fight it was.

In the most back-and-forth match Money May has ever been in, Cotto put up a valiant effort, one that was the best chance of anyone erasing the zero that follows Mayweather's now-43 wins.

Cotto, like Mayweather, is know for his defensive fighting style with the successful use of counter-punching, yet since both the fighters have similar styles, it made both fighters become more aggressive at times in the fight than usual. Normally both would be waiting for a retaliation punch more than being the aggressor of the action in the ring as much as they both were.

No to mention, Mayweather did make the jump up to heavier junior middleweight weight limit of 154—which Mayweather weighed in at three pounds lighter than at 151—from his comfortable fighting weight at the welterweight limit of 147.

Usually Mayweather and Cotto wear down fighters for the first half of a fight and apply more pressure on the opponents after they wear themselves out trying to be the aggressor early on, leading to late-round stoppages and easy decisions for both Mayweather and Cotto in most of their wins.

Mayweather is not going to see a better defensive fighter than he did this past Saturday night with Cotto, so the chances we see Money May in a blow-for-blow fight again are slim to none.

Even if Mayweather finally gets into the ring with the fighter the entire boxing world wants him to face, Manny Pacquiao, we will see Mayweather look far more dominant against Pacman than he was against Cotto.

Pacquiao has had trouble with defensive fighters. Case in point, his three-fight pain in the neck, Juan Manuel Marquez, which would lead me to believe Mayweather would have no problem at all beating Pacquiao if the fight were to ever take place.

There are a few other fighters out that could fight Money May next if Pacman does not, but one is an offensive-minded fighter like Pacquiao in Canelo Alvarez, whom—barring an unexpected KO punch—Mayweather would beat fairly easily.

Then we have Amir Khan, who is a volume puncher that tries to overwhelm his opponents with the amount of punches he throws. That fight style looks good on paper against Mayweather's counter-punching style—as outpunching a counter-puncher is one of the best ways to bother one—but Khan is still not on Mayweather's level.

Khan trying to outpunch Money May would lead to Khan being more susceptible to being hit by a hard counter-punch that could lead to an early stoppage if the two were to ever square off in the ring.

In all likelihood, we saw the best chance of Mayweather taking his first loss this past weekend come and go. Instead, we saw the same result we are more likely to see the rest of his career than not: Mayweather walking out of the ring with yet another win and his undefeated record still in tact.