To the fight fans who were expecting to see a Mayweather vs Pacquiao fight May 5 2012…Sorry it’s not going to happen. What will happen on this date is Floyd Mayweather Jr. will move up in weight to fight WBA Light Middle Weight champion, Miguel Cotto, at the MGM Casino in Las Vegas Nevada. The Nevada State Athletic Commission made it official when they granted Mayweather a one-fight license on February 1, 2012.
Mayweather, a seven-time world champion in five different weight classes, will face a serious test against Cotto. Miguel Cotto is an extremely skilled boxer that is relentless. Add that with Cotto’s heart and determination….this could be Floyd’s toughest fight to date.
“Miguel Cotto is a world-class fighter who can never be taken for granted and continues to prove he is one of the best in boxing,” said Mayweather, who will fight at Light Middle Weight for the second time in his career. The first came when he took Oscar de la Hoya’s WBC belt in May 2007. “It will be a challenge for me to compete with him at this weight, but this is the type of test I thrive on and gives me the motivation to train even harder. I have no doubt in my mind that my title belt collection will increase once again and Cotto’s reign as champion will come to an end on May 5.”
Cotto will be defending his crown for the second time, coming off a TKO win over the much hated Antonio Margarito in December 2011. Cotto will be ready for Mayweather and he acknowledges that this contest will be his greatest challenge.
“I am here to fight the biggest names in boxing,” said Cotto. The heart of Puerto Rico is eager for the challenge of facing the undefeated Mayweather. “I’ve never ducked anyone or any challenge in front of me. I have accepted everything to give the fans what they like…great and exciting fights. That is what the sport of boxing is all about; making the fights that the fans want and deserve to see. On May 5, stay tuned, because I will convincingly beat Floyd Mayweather.”
Mayweather (41-0, 25 KO’s), remains a hot commodity, bringing in record Pay Per View numbers. His resume includes victories over Zab Judah, Oscar de la Hoya, , Diego Corrales, Jose Luis Castillo, Arturo Gatti, Ricky Hatton, Juan Manuel Marquez and Shane Mosley. In his last fight against Victor Ortiz, Mayweather out boxed the young champion in the first three rounds before he KO’d Ortiz in a bazaar fourth round.
Since 2004, Cotto (36-2, 29 KO’s), has not gone a single year without being a champion. In a two-year span (2004-2006), Cotto has successfully defended his Jr Welterweight title before winning the Welterweight crown in late 2006. He held that title until his controversial loss to Antonio Margarito in 2008. Cotto would bounce back in 2009 and capture the WBO Welterweight title, knocking out Michael Jennings. Unfortunately, he would lose his belt in a title defense against Manny Pacquiao. In June of 2010, Cotto scored a victory over Yuri Foreman and became the WBA Light Middle Weight champion. So far, Cotto has successfully defended his crown twice, courtesy of a 12th round TKO victory over Ricardo Mayorga and avenging his 08′ loss to Margarito, stopping him in round 10.
Hopefully this May 5 bout will bring the excitement that everyone’s expecting. With the continued growth of Mix Martial Arts, the sport of boxing will need it.
By Keith Madyun