Ring Kings: Cotto bloodies Mayweather’s nose but Floyd stays pretty enough to win a UD and eighth world title

6 May

Denzil Stone – Atlantic City

Polarising pugilist Floyd Mayweather Jr produced a boxing masterclass on Saturday, May 5 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, unseating Miguel Cotto from the Puerto Rican’s throne as the king of the WBA junior middleweight division. Mayweather was almost un-hittable from the outside but, during the middle rounds, ventured into the inside and braved out a gutsy ruckus with Cotto who made Mayweather bleed for his winner’s money.

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Stone’s scorecard

Round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Mayweather
10 10 10 10 10 9 10 9 10 10
10 10
Cotto
9 9 9
9 9 10 9 10 9 9 9 9

Official verdict: Mayweather via UD (117-111, 117-111, 118-110).

Floyd accepted a match-up at the full junior middleweight limit of 154lbs because he wanted defending WBA champion at his best, however, Mayweather also insisted on another factor that could have been perceived to favour the harder-hitting Cotto – 8oz gloves. Not content with that, Mayweather even took the extraordinary and extravagant measure to effectively handicap himself by sporting heavy red leather trunks. When fists met faces, it seemed none of that mattered to Money, as the man previously known as Pretty Boy barely broke a sweat despite completely outboxing Cotto throughout round one’s entirety.

While Cotto fought on the front-foot, Mayweather darted in and out of the pocket and landed jabs with his trademark precision. Floyd promised a toe-to-toe brawl during the pre-fight promotion and, for large portions of the second round, Mayweather boxed with his back to the ropes, refusing to use the full space of the ring and, when he wasn’t reintroducing gloves to Cotto’s lips (even landing an astonishing six punch combo), he was proving to be an elusive and downright frustrating target.

Mayweather’s defence was, simply put, masterful. In the third round, for instance, Cotto attempted to put his punches into bunches but the head-bound shots were harmlessly parried away with Floyd’s shoulder-rolling stance. Although his defence rightly wins plaudits, Mayweather’s defence is equally adept, as Cotto will no doubt testify too when he was just as helpless defending against four punch flurries that included uppercuts and straights as he was when attempting to land something, anything, cleanly.

In round five Cotto attempted to enhance his punch output, but showing great reserves of will, Mayweather again met him punch for punch. The only difference, of course, was that Mayweather landed cleanly whereas Cotto couldn’t connect. With 35 seconds remaining on round five, Miguel caught Floyd with a left hand. Such a solid strike, though, was notable purely because it occured so seldomly, even when the two engaged in trench warfare.

Using the box-and-move method that worked so emphatically against Antonio Margarito in New York last Christmas, Cotto enjoyed a significant sixth, relinquishing the centre of the ring to Floyd as he danced sideways, stuck out the jab and did just enough to register a winning round. In the seventh, Mayweather returned to winning ways by reverting to outside fighting and utilising his reach advantage but in the eighth, the aggression was all from Cotto, backing Floyd into corners and inflicting a seemingly relentless barrage of blows into his skull. When Mayweather returned to his stool, the damage had taken it’s toll as his nose was bleeding considerably yet he turned to the cameras and smiled.

Mayweather counter-punched his way to the ten score in round nine and stalked Cotto in round ten. In the final two rounds Mayweather did what he does best; diluting his opponent’s best strengths, deflating their confidence and fortifying his already industry-leading plus-minus ratio. There was little question who was going to prevail when the scorecards were to be announced, with Floyd winning a convincing unanimous decision.

With his victory over Cotto – his 43rd in his professional career – Mayweather rose to 43-0-0, 26ko while Cotto suffered his third defeat and dropped to 37-3-0, 30ko.

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One Response to “Ring Kings: Cotto bloodies Mayweather’s nose but Floyd stays pretty enough to win a UD and eighth world title”

  1. EZ E May 6, 2012 at 12:36 pm #

    You’re getting better!! Were you loking over someone’s shoulder to make sure you were gettng it right?? Anyway, congratulations for a better scorecard. We basically saw it the same, differed by one round but that won could’ve gone either way. Anway… “see ya” at next week’s fights.

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