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Against Miguel Cotto, Mayweather showed grit and determination.
In a fight that probably should have happened years before it did, Mayweather dug down deep to win a gritty decision over a resurgent Miguel Cotto. The fight was tremendous. Cotto had success differing between a come-forward-with-aggression approach and a staunch-jab-from-a-distance one. His plan worked, and he had Mayweather bleeding from the nose by the fifth round.
The fight appeared to be close going into the championship rounds (i.e., Rounds 10-12), but Mayweather took over from there and swept his ever-advancing foe with deft footwork and clean counters. Cotto was hurt in Round 12, but safety-first Mayweather was content to go to the scorecards instead of pressing the issue.
The scores were probably a bit wider than fans expected (118-110, 117-111, 117-111), but no matter because the right guy one.
In winning, Mayweather yet again proved his ability to rise above adversity. Cotto was able to club him hard on occasion, and Mayweather’s legs appeared slow at times. Despite it, Mayweather remained undefeated and is the top pound-for-pound fighter in the sport of boxing today.