Floyd Mayweather Jr vs. Miguel Cotto
2012-05-05 : Floyd Mayweather Jr 151 lbs beat Miguel Cotto 154 lbs by UD in round 12 of 12
- Location: MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
- Referee: Tony Weeks
- Judge: Robert Hoyle 118-110
- Judge: Patricia Morse Jarman 117-111
- Judge: Dave Moretti 117-111
- World Boxing Association Super World Super Welterweight Title (3rd defense by Cotto)
- World Boxing Council Diamond Super Welterweight Title (Vacant)
- Promoters: Golden Boy Promotions, Mayweather Promotions
- Ring Announcer: Michael Buffer
- Aired On: HBO Pay-Per-View (Main Event)
- Floyd Mayweather Jr. 42-0 (26 KOs) vs. Miguel Cotto 37-2 (30 KOs)
- The fight was billed as "Ring Kings."
- Mayweather was a 6-1 betting favorite.
- The Ring Magazine ranked Mayweather as the No. 2 pound-for-pound fighter in the world and the No. 2 welterweight contender. The Ring ranked Cotto as the No. 1 junior middleweight contender.
- As part of the pre-fight buildup, Mayweather vs. Cotto was the subject of the HBO series 24/7, which documented the fighters' training.
- This was Mayweather's second fight in the 154-pound division. His first fight in the weight class was when he defeated Oscar De La Hoya by a split decision to win the WBC super welterweight title on May 5, 2007. This was Cotto's fourth fight at 154 pounds.
- At 151 pounds, Mayweather was fighting at the heaviest weight of his professional career to date.
- Mayweather was guaranteed $32 million, which set the record for the largest single-fight purse in boxing history. Cotto was guaranteed $8 million plus a share of the pay-per-view profits.
- This was the ninth overall and sixth consecutive fight for Mayweather at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. It was the eighth overall appearance for Cotto at the venue.
- Tickets were priced at $1,500, $1,250, $600, $300 and $200. They went on sale Tuesday, Feb. 28 at 1:00 p.m. ET/10:00 a.m. PT.
- The fight generated $12,000,150 from 14,612 tickets sold.
- The price of the pay-per-view was $59.95 for standard definition and $69.95 for high definition. It was also shown in 440 theaters. Tickets were priced between $15 and $25 per person.
- The fight generated 1.5 million pay-per-view buys and $94 million in pay-per-view revenue.
- Among the notables in attendance were Oscar De La Hoya, Yuriorkis Gamboa, Thomas Hearns, Bernard Hopkins and Sugar Ray Leonard.
- Mayweather wore red leather trunks with white trim and red gloves. Cotto wore black trunks with pink and white trim, black gloves and long pink socks.
- Less than a month after the fight, on June 1, Mayweather surrendered in a courtroom to begin a jail sentence at the Clark County Detention Center in Las Vegas for a hair-pulling, arm-twisting attack on his ex-girlfriend, Josie Harris, in September 2010 while two of their children watched. Mayweather pleaded guilty in December 2011 to reduced domestic battery charges. The plea deal allowed him to avoid trial on felony charges that could have gotten him up to 34 years in prison if he was convicted. He was released on August 3. Mayweather received about 30 days off his 90-day jail sentence for work time and good behavior.
Bloodied Floyd Mayweather Jr. wins
ESPN.com, May 6, 2012
LAS VEGAS -- Floyd Mayweather Jr. finally found himself in a real fight, complete with a bloody nose and an opponent in Miguel Cotto who never was going to quit.
As usual, he found a way to win.
Mayweather used his speed and accuracy Saturday night to take a unanimous decision over a game Cotto in a bruising bout to win a piece of the 154-pound title. But it wasn't easy, as Cotto landed some hard punches and kept attacking all the way to the final bell.
"You're a hell of a champion," Mayweather told Cotto in the ring afterward. "You're the toughest guy I ever fought."
Mayweather dominated late, rocking Cotto in the 12th round to pull out a win and remain unbeaten in 43 fights. Unlike most of his fights, though, Mayweather got his nose bloodied and engaged in some bruising exchanges he usually likes to avoid.
Two judges scored the fight 117-111 and the third had it 118-110. ESPN.com had it 116-112 for Mayweather. The Associated Press had Mayweather winning 116-112.
Fighting just a few weeks before he enters a county jail to serve a three-month sentence for domestic abuse, Mayweather found himself in a tough fight against a game opponent who never stopped moving forward. But he was faster and more accurate than Cotto and seemed to wear him down in the final rounds.
In the last round, Mayweather landed his best punch of the night, a left uppercut that seemed to hurt Cotto. He followed that with several flurries to the head to wrap up a decision that until the later rounds had been in doubt.
The decision was roundly booed by the crowd at the MGM Grand arena, which cheered wildly every time Cotto landed a punch.
"He's a tough competitor," Mayweather said. "He came to fight; he didn't just come to survive. I dug down and fought him back."
Cotto was never down, though he seemed hurt several times during the fight, particularly in the 12th round.
"The judges said I lost the fight; I can't do anything else," Cotto said. "I'm happy with my fight and performance and so is my family. I can't ask for anything else."
Mayweather, who was guaranteed $32 million, was forced to fight every minute of all 12 rounds against the Puerto Rican champion. He did it after weighing in at 151 pounds, the heaviest he has been for a fight.
The weight didn't seem to affect Mayweather, and neither did the heavier 10-ounce gloves at super welterweight. But he took some punishment, including a bloody nose during the middle rounds, before coming back to dish some out in the later rounds.
"When you fight on pay per view, you have to give the fans what they want, and that's excitement," Mayweather said.
Mayweather entered the ring unbeaten in his 16-year pro career, and a 6-1 favorite to stay that way. The fighter who has become the biggest pay-per-view attraction in the sport padded his already thick wallet with the fight, but he was forced to earn every penny of it.
The win gave Mayweather the 154-pound title held by Cotto, and assured him of still being a champion when he reports to jail June 1 for a sentence stemming from a domestic abuse case involving his former girlfriend and their children.
"In life there's obstacles," Mayweather said. "When it comes to June 1, I have to accept it like a man."
Mayweather will be in jail when Manny Pacquiao fights in the same ring on June 9 at the MGM Grand against Timothy Bradley. Though boxing fans have clamored for a Mayweather-Pacquiao fight, it has yet to be made -- and may never be made.
That's partly because of Mayweather's insistence that Pacquiao submit to Olympic-style drug testing, though Pacquiao already has said he will do that.
"I want to fight Pacquiao but he needs to take the tests before we make that fight," Mayweather said.
Cotto came out looking slow and overmatched in the first round, but quickly settled into a routine, attacking Mayweather from behind his left jab. But Mayweather got more aggressive coming out to start the fourth round, and landed a series of rights to the head that stunned Cotto and kept him from moving forward effectively.
Mayweather fought good portions of the fight on the ropes, using them for leverage and counterpunching to Cotto's head when he opened up. He was not only quicker than Cotto, but more accurate, often landing in between Cotto's defenses.
"He's ready to quit," trainer Roger Mayweather told his nephew after the sixth round.
But Cotto was relentless, coming forward and hitting Mayweather with good shots to the head. Toward the end of the eighth round he landed several punches to the head, prompting Mayweather to shake his head as if they didn't hurt, but by then Mayweather was bleeding from the nose and looked like he had taken some punishment.
Punch stats showed Mayweather landing 179 of 687 punches to 105 of 506 to Cotto.
Cotto, who fell to 37-3, was guaranteed his biggest purse ever, $8 million.
- Associated Press: 116-112 Mayweather
- BoxingSocialist.com: 117-111 Mayweather
- Steve Bunce, BBC: 116-112 Mayweather
- John Chavez, Boxing Truth: 115-113 Mayweather
- David Coldwell, boxing trainer: 116-112 Mayweather
- Paddy Cronan, OnTheGrind Boxing Radio: 117-111 Mayweather
- Jake Emen, ProBoxing-Fans.com: 115-113 Mayweather
- Doug Fischer, The Ring Magazine: 116-112 Mayweather
- Brian Arman Graham, Sports Illustrated: 116-112 Mayweather
- Tom Gray, SecondsOut.com: 117-111 Mayweather
- Suge Green, On The Grind Boxing Radio: 114-114 Draw
- Kevin Iole, Yahoo! Sports: 115-113 Mayweather
- Max Kellerman, HBO: 116-112 Mayweather
- Steve Kim, MaxBoxing.com: 116-112 Mayweather
- Harold Lederman, HBO: 117-111 Mayweather
- Steve Lillis, BoxNation: 116-112 Mayweather
- Chris Manix, Sports Illustrated: 116-112 Mayweather
- Kevin Mitchell, The Guardian (UK): 116-113 Mayweather
- Robert Morales, Los Angeles Daily News: 117-111 Mayweather
- Kieran Mulvaney, ESPN/Reuters: 116-112 Mayweather
- Lance Pugmire, Los Angeles Times: 115-113 Cotto
- Dan Rafael, ESPN: 116-112 Mayweather
- Eric Raskin, The Ring Magazine/TheSweetScience.com: 118-110 Mayweather
- John Raspanti, DogHouseBoxing.com: 117-111 Mayweather
- Cameron Sharpe, Boxing Fancast: 116-112 Mayweather
- Mike Sloan, SecondsOut.com: 116-112 Mayweather
- Tim Smith, New York Daily News: 117-111 Mayweather
- TheSweetScience.com: 117-111 Mayweather
- Ben Thompson, FightHype.com: 118-110 Mayweather
- World Boxing News: 118-110 Mayweather
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- "Everything's on me" ESPN The Magazine, May 4, 2012
- "Bloodied Floyd Mayweather Jr. wins" ESPN.com, May 6, 2012
- "Mayweather’s Win Is Unanimous but Not Easy" New York Times, May 6, 2012
- "Floyd Mayweather does $94M in PPV" ESPN.com, May 11, 2012
- "Floyd Mayweather released from jail" ESPN.com, August 3, 2012