|Written by Michael|
Bet on the UFCIn one of the more highly anticipated Pro Boxing bouts in recent memory, Floyd Mayweather and Miguel Cotto met in the ring at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday night. At stake was Cotto's Super Welterweight title. The crowd of 16,047 pugilist enthusiasts were not disappointed in a hard fought battle between these two superior fighters.
Mayweather came into the bout with 42 wins without a defeat and 26 knockouts. Cotto's record was almost as impressive with 37 victories and just 2 losses, dispatching 30 of his former foes with a knockout as well. When the fight ended, Mayweather had a bloody nose and a badly cut lip. But ultimately he also had his forty third consecutive victory, this one by a unanimous decision.
He probably won it off a strong finish, as all three of the judges gave him an edge on their scorecards for the final four rounds. A mean uppercut by Mayweather to Cotto's jaw that shook him in the final round didn't hurt either.
Two of the judges had Mayweather on top 117-111, while the third had him besting Cotto 118-110. Some other observers had it slightly closer, but no one disputed in the end, the fact that Mayweather deserved the belt.
Mayweather began the evenings festivities by entering the ring with, I kid you not, wrestler Triple H, rappers Lil Wayne and 50 cents, and, are you ready? ...Justin Bieber. The eclectic crew might have sparked Mayweather early as he looked sharp the first four rounds in fighting betting terms, consistently beating the larger Cotto with jabs and his right hand.
Cotto slowed him down a bit in the fifth with a stiff left hand to Mayweathers nose causing the first sign of blood. Cotto maintained control through the middle rounds much to the delight of this partisan crowd in the Grand Garden. It seemed possible the fight could go either way through eight rounds. However, Mayweather regained his poise and for the most part, dominated the final rounds emerging the victor.