Powerful WBA world light-welterweight titlist Miguel Cotto will defend his belt against a slightly heavier than usual WBC world welterweight champion “Pretty Boy” Floyd Mayweather tonight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Mayweather (42-0, 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, added approximately four-pounds to scrap the larger Cotto (37-2, 30 KOs).
In a curiously rational rant last month, Mayweather told boxingscene.com that he considers Cotto an undefeated prizefighter.
Mayweather’s stance that Cotto, a four-time world champion in three weight divisions who weighed the limit of 154 pounds yesterday, has never been fairly trumped is reasonable.
In rogue fashion, Cotto “lost” his first bout as a professional against “The Tijuana Tornado” Antonio Margarito by a savage 11th round TKO in July 2008.
Roughly seven months after his disturbingly violent thrashing of Cotto, Margarito (38-8, 27 KOs) had his boxing license justifiably revoked by the California State Athletic Commission in February 2009 after it was discovered that he attempted to scrap former three-division titlist “Sugar” Shane Mosley with a plaster-like substance inside of his hand wraps.
Fortunately, “Margacheato” was caught and proven to be a cowardly charlatan by officials at the Staples Center in Los Angeles before the match began and he had the opportunity to seriously injure Mosley (46-7-1-1, 39 KOs) with his cement fists.
“He faced Antonio Margarito, a guy who everybody said I was scared of, and he got caught cheating,” said Mayweather, 35, who has captured nine world titles in five different weight classes.
Cotto retained his belt and earned revenge versus Margarito with a 10th round TKO in their rematch before an electric crowd of 21,239 December 3 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
The native of Caguas pulverized, and outclassed, Margarito for nine rounds before the ring doctor mercifully intervened and saved the sinister Mexican from absorbing further damage to his right-eye.
The Puerto Rican icon shed pounds in order to secure the lucrative payday versus Manny Pacquiao (54-3-2, 38 KOs).
“Now you got Manny Pacquiao, a guy who fought Miguel Cotto at a catch-weight,” said Mayweather. “One of his losses is to a guy at a catch-weight, where he wasn’t 100%. I wanted to fight Miguel Cotto at 154lbs [light-middleweight] because I wanted to fight the best Miguel Cotto. I’m [thinking] that I’m facing a guy who’s undefeated.”
Furthermore, Mayweather, who earned a bronze medal as a featherweight at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, rightfully demanded that Pacquiao agree to random blood and urine samples if they were to clash.
There is not a shred of credible evidence whatsoever to prove that Pacquiao has ever used performance enhancing drugs.
Nevertheless, a thick air of suspicion throughout the boxing community has shrouded “Pac-Man’s” development and ascension as an overwhelming pugilist.
Sports figures across the board have long deceived, and lied to, the public.
Therefore, all modern athletes are under justified scrutiny due to their fraternal fraudulence and Pacquiao’s hesitance to accept Mayweather’s drug testing stipulations was, at best, disconcerting.
In stark contrast to Pacquiao, Cotto and Mayweather both readily agreed to Olympic-style drug testing leading up to, and after, their 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.
Perron is confident that the 31-year-old Cotto is far from being a shopworn pugilist.
“Cotto isn’t done yet. He proved that against Margarito. The cheater got the beating deserved,” said Perron, 75, who worked with Marvelous Marvin Hagler. “Against Floyd, tough one to pick, but I’m going with Floyd. He always finds a way to negate the opponent’s strengths. Floyd by decision.”
“Pretty Boy” is an obnoxious blowhard who happens to be one of the preeminent boxers to ever enter the squared circle.
However, for a change, Mayweather’s opinion that he’s “facing a guy who’s undefeated” is more than somewhat valid.
In unprecedented fashion, expect Cotto to batter Mayweather approximately six-hours from now and possibly even legitimately floor the legend at some point within the first seven rounds.
Unfortunately for the honorable and likable Miguel Cotto, Floyd Mayweather “always finds a way to negate the opponent’s strengths” and he will emerge victorious with a close unanimous decision triumph later this Cinco de Mayo evening.