Fight Photos: Amity descends into hostility as Mayweather and Cotto get heated at weigh-in

5 May

Photos: Tom Hogan/Hogan Photos (unless otherwise stated)

Words: Petra Kirsch – Gelsenkirchen

During the promotion for the high-profile WBA junior middleweight world championship clash between defending titlist Miguel Cotto (37-2-0, 30ko) and challenger Floyd Mayweather Jr (42-0-0, 26ko), the latter had spoken out over the lack of excitement during segments of the popular HBO 24/7 series. Ahead of their May 5 showdown at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, the two pugilists finally got shirty after extended periods of amicable exchanges…

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For only his second outing at jr middle, Mayweather registered a career-high weight of 151lbs, three pounds below the limit

Accustomed to the division, Cotto – making his fourth appearance at 154 – scaled in right on the limit

Both prizefighters looked in pristine shape, however, Floyd claimed Miguel looked drained at the weight

The smile-laden stare-down soon turned hostile as both May and Cotto verbally sparred

The weigh-in face off was in stark contrast to the respectful nature the two shared during the build-up to the event

Cotto holds his ‘Super’ WBA championship while Floyd holds the lightly-regarded WBC diamond belt – both titles on the line

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