The biggest fight for 2012 boxing?
Yes, it’s Floyd Mayweather battling against Miguel Cotto and it takes place on Cinco de Mayo, with Floyd Mayweather looking to add another championship to his mantle when he takes on Miguel Cotto for the WBA Light Middleweight Title.
Where to watch the fight???
MAYWEATHER Vs. COTTO
Tomorrow at the MGM Grand, Mayweather will be at peace because he’ll be at war. He’ll be where he’s most comfortable, in a boxing ring challenging WBA junior middleweight champion Miguel Cotto, working hard to convince him he won’t do what his 42 predecessors could not.
Mayweather is considered the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world because he is a gifted blend of hand and foot speed, ring intellect, fast twitch muscles, stamina and a fistic GPS system that has made him one of the most accurate punchers in boxing as well as one of the most elusive.
Cotto, on the other hand, is a resolute man who holds the 154-pound title by dint of grit. He is neither particularly fast nor overwhelmingly quick. He is not a power puncher nor is he a slick boxer. He is simply a fighter who has enough of each of those traits to win world titles, as he’s done in three weight classes.
What he is not, however, is his problem — and probably Mayweather’s salvation.
“I can’t say what he do bad or good,” the undefeated (42-0, 26 KO) Mayweather said yesterday. “He’s done things right enough to get this far, but (hitting Mayweather) looks easier on the outside.
“He’s not that fast. People talk about him losing to (Antonio) Margarito because (Margarito) had loaded gloves. But why was he getting hit by those gloves?
“If he wants to pressure me, I embrace pressure . . . if there is any pressure. Whoever they put in front of me, I beat.”
No one can argue otherwise. Although many believe Mayweather has artfully and not accidentally avoided Manny Pacquiao for nearly three years, not even his harshest critics can argue that any of his first 42 opponents were particularly taxing.
Mayweather has been pressured by some — including Emanuel Augustus and Jose Luis Castillo — and hit solidly by a few like DeMarcus Corley and Shane Mosley, but no one has pressured him into collapse or hit him solidly twice in succession. As yet, no one has forced him into the kind of fight the world loves and he hates.
“I never really had a knockdown, drag-out fight,” Mayweather said. “Most of the time, I make it look easy. I’m a guy who really doesn’t believe in taking no punishment. I believe in dishing it out. I don’t want to be praised for being in a war.
“I work on my skills day in and day out (to avoid those kinds of nights). I study the sport of boxing. I put in the hours. I am mentally ready. I am physically ready. . . . My skills are at a different level than any other fighter. Skills pay the bills.”