Dan Rafael of ESPN.com reported earlier that WBC world welterweight champion “Pretty Boy” Floyd Mayweather was battling a left hand injury and slight cold when he courageously defeated powerful Puerto Rican icon Miguel Cotto by unanimous decision to gain the WBA world light-welterweight belt on Saturday night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Mayweather (43-0, 26 KOs), who last fought above 150 pounds in May 2007 when he defeated Oscar De La Hoya (39-6, 30 KOs) by a narrow split decision, had added approximately four-pounds to scrap the larger Cotto (37-3, 30 KOs).
Unfortunately for the 1998 and 2007 Ring “Fighter of the Year,” the weight he gained vanished by the time the opening bell rang.
“I came into the fight weighing 147 [pounds], so I was four pounds lighter than I was [at Friday's weigh-in],” said Mayweather, 35, who will be incarcerated on June 1 for 87 days for beating his sweetheart and the mother of his children. “I was kinda sick and I was having hand problems. I sucked it up and went out there and did what I had to do.”
Mayweather also revealed that his notoriously brittle hands forced him to stop sparring a week in advance of the match.
“So I said, you know what, I still was training in the gym but I was using my hands real light. I didn’t get to box the last week like I wanted to,” said Mayweather, who earned a bronze medal as a featherweight at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. “So, you know, things happen. But the main thing is, we got the victory and that’s the most important thing.”
Cotto, a four-time world champion in three weight divisions who weighed the limit of 154 pounds the night before the scrap, fought gamely in a bruising bout and bloodied the usually untouchable “Pretty Boy.”
Unfortunately for the native of Caguas, Mayweather gallantly absorbed all of the blows and outclassed Cotto with speed and accuracy.
“Pretty Boy” is an utter defensive wizard and one of the preeminent boxers to ever enter the squared circle.
Cotto is a legitimate soldier in the ring and he did not lose the ballyhooed prizefight.
On the contrary, Mayweather, who justifiably earned the biggest guaranteed purse in boxing history, $32 million, is simply a greater, and more skilled, boxer than Cotto and he won the fistfight.
Roger “Pit” Perron is a venerable boxing trainer from Brockton (Mass.) who now works with Mike and Rich Cappiello at their gym, Cappiello Brothers Boxing and Training.
“Floyd is the best there is today,” said Perron, 75, who helped work with Marvelous Marvin Hagler in the 1980s. “He can’t be touched.”
Now it is known that Floyd Mayweather is so superior “he can’t be touch” even when fighting ill with a bummed fist.