Mayweather vs. Cotto: Must Have Rematch Before Money May Retires

Steven CookFeatured Columnist IVMay 11, 2012

LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 05:  Floyd Mayweather Jr. looks over at Miguel Cotto during their WBA super welterweight title fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 5, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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After what was the best bout of the year by many accounts, a rematch of the Floyd Mayweather-Miguel Cotto showdown is a must before Money May decides to hang up his gloves for good.

Mayweather may have won the full 12-round spectacle by unanimous decision, but it was nowhere near a one-sided fight. Cotto took it to the world's most well-known active boxer and flirted with KO'ing a beat-up Mayweather during the middle rounds.

With the enormous payday that Money May collected from the Cotto fight, it'd be crazy for Mayweather to leave an option to rematch Cotto on the table. The dollar amount he racked up from his May 5 win makes A-Rod's contract look like a dinner check.

Cash rules everything for Mayweather, which is why he won't ignore the fact that a rematch with Cotto would be the smartest economical decision other than arranging a seemingly impossible match with Manny Pacquiao. 

At the age of 35, Mayweather shouldn't be setting his sights on retirement just yet, but there's no doubt it's in the back of his mind. With Cotto being one of the top boxers in Mayweather's general weight class, Mayweatehr won't be interested in going toe-to-toe with Cotto if he's too far past his boxing prime. 

How often does the world get to see its most popular boxer slaughtered in the ring and bleeding profusely while still winning the fight? The presence surrounding Mayweather during his bout with Cotto kept everyone watching on the edge of their seat because they couldn't tell if he was about to knock Cotto's lights out or if he was about to concede his first ever defeat. 

Mayweather fiercely expressed his respect for Cotto after he was declared the winner.

“You're a hell of a champion,” Mayweather said after the fight. “You're the toughest guy I ever fought.”

I couldn't agree more, Floyd. He was the toughest guy you've ever fought, and he might be the only one that can beat you.