A curious thing about this fight is that Floyd Mayweather has been avoiding Miguel Cotto for the longest time. This was when Miguel Cotto was still in his prime, when he was still undefeated, before he was beaten to a bloody pulp by Antonio Margarito and Pacquiao. Just recently, Mayweather dismissed Cotto as a potential opponent, saying he wouldn’t fight any of “Pacquiao’s leftovers.” Until now, that is. Mayweaqther vs Cotto will face each other on May 5th at MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Now does Cotto have a chance against Floyd Mayweather? Miguel Cotto may be the naturally bigger man, but he is not the same fighter many years ago that Mayweather had been ducking. Mayweather, being the shrewd, cagey boxer/businessman that he is, won’t risk his undefeated record. He took the fight because he knows that he can—and will—beat this version of Cotto.
But Cotto promised that he will defeat Mayweather. It’s been a while since Cotto has had this kind of drive, determination and focus. Cotto has had the perfect camp with his new trainer Diaz. He has worked so hard every day. His punch rate is up in sparring because Mayweather throws accurate punches each round. They don’t pay much attention to the odds on the internet and news. He’s focus is on one person – Mayweather.
This is a big fight because the public likes when the best fighters get into the ring. This is what Sugar Ray Leonard, Marvin Hagler and Wilfredo Benitez did for years – they each fought against the best, the way Cotto doing against Mayweather. It’s just three weeks before he stakes his WBA junior-middleweight crown against Mayweather at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
What after Mayweather vs Cotto bout, and let’s say Mayweather beat Cotto. what’s next for Mayweather? So here’s the sad part: there is still no guarantee that Pacquiao and Mayweather will immediately fight each other after they beat each of their respective opponents. Who knows? Maybe they will eventually come to their senses many, many years from now, when they are both too old and too infirm and too shot. But will boxing fans still care? Ah, to be passionate devotees of a niche sport whose two biggest attractions possess egos as huge as the fat paychecks that they command.