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Sunday, 6 May 2012

Floyd 'Money' Mayweather Jr. Unanimously Defeats Miguel Cotto

'43 have tried and 43 have failed.' This is the new mantra of Floyd Mayweather Jr. Mayweather won the WBC light-middleweight belt in Las Vegas after he defeated his light-middleweight opponent Miguel Cotto. Mayweather unanimously won the decision 118-110 from judge Robert Hoyle and judges Dave Moretti and Patricia Jarman scored the bout 117-111.

This was the first time in five years that Mayweather fought at the 154 pound mark. The last time he fought and defeated Oscar De La Hoya at this weight. 

Mayweather threw in some extra entertainment for the fans when during his ring entrance, singer Justin Beiber was seen with Mayweather's team carrying the champion's belts into the ring. 

Photo Credit: The Daily Mail

This fight was no walk in the park as many suggested it would be. Cotto proved to be a worthy opponent for Mayweather as he has time and time again. Mayweather started the fight at his pace in control. But as the fight progressed Cotto got more comfortable with Mayweather style and returned the punches he received.

In the second half of the fight, (rounds 6-12) was where most of the excitement took place. In the sixth round, Cotto was able to draw blood from Mayweather after he landed a jab to Mayweather's nose. Blood was dripping from Mayweather's nose for a few rounds but his team was able to keep the bleeding under control between rounds. Cotto was also able to trap Mayweather against the ropes and land some good punches but Mayweather was eventually able to elude Cotto. The fight ended in electric fashion when Mayweather hurt Cotto with an unpleasant uppercut and some excellent right hands. But in the end Mayweather was successful in securing his eighth world title across five weight divisions.

Both fighters acknowledged each other's talents in their post fight interviews. Mayweather said Cotto was his toughest opponent yet.  

Mayweather And Cotto Before The Winning Decision Was Made
Photo Credit: The Daily Mail

What's next for the Mayweather?

Mayweather will begin an 87 day jail sentence at the Clark County Detention Center in Las Vegas after being convicted of domestic battery.

After the fight when asked by HBO's Larry Merchant if a fight with Manny Pacquiao would be in the future. Mayweather responded 'Bob Arum (the founder and CEO of Top Rank Promotions that represent Pacquiao) is in the way and he's stopping the fans from getting what they want.' 'Let's give the fans what they want.' 

The situation in making this mega fight happen is very complicated. From both camp's not being able to reach an agreement in terms of revenue, drug testing and pay days. As Mayweather said this is the fight that boxing fans want to see. If it happens it will be one that will be remembered for years to come. 

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