Floyd Mayweather outpoints Miguel Cotto in bruising battle
By John J. Raspanti at ringside, Doghouse Boxing (May 6, 2012) Doghouse Boxing (All Photos © German Villasenor, Doghouse Boxing)
Floyd Mayweather lands punch on Miguel Cotto
Mayweather lands on Cotto
Miguel Cotto lands punch on Floyd Mayweather
Cotto and Mayweather hug it out after fight
By John J. Raspanti, Doghouse Boxing: Floyd Mayweather remained undefeated with a hard-fought 12-round decision over a determined Miguel Cotto at an overflowing MGM Grand Arena. Mayweather (43-0, 26 KOs) added the WBC junior middleweight title to his impressive collection of ring belts.

The fight started slowly in round one with both fighters eyeing each other cautiously. Cotto (39-3, 32 KOs) was the aggressor while Mayweather studied him. In round two Cotto stayed on Mayweather’s chest and looked to land some hooks. Both fighters stood in the middle of the ring. Mayweather attempted an overhand right but Cotto blocked it. Cotto backed Mayweather into the ropes and landed a pretty good left hook. Mayweather countered with a right.

Round three saw more of the same as Cotto landed another left hook to the body. Mayweather countered with a snappy right to Cotto’s chin. Cotto’s jab drew blood from Mayweather’s nose. Mayweather landed another good lead right hand.
Mayweather was finding his rhythm in round five. His sweeping right hand was connecting to Cotto’s chin. Cotto did manage to push Mayweathe into the ropes and land a text book hook. The crowd roared as the round landed as both fighters fired shots. The blood continued to drip from Mayweather’s nose.

Mayweather’s right found Cotto’s chin again in round six. Cotto connected with two thudding left hooks. The 35-year-old Mayweather landed again with a right hand down the middle. Cotto’s hook found the side Mayweather’s face. Mayweather turned into the stalker in the last two minutes of the round as Cotto moved away. Cotto, 31, landed a quick uppercut a minute into round seven. Mayweather’s jab found the tip of Cotto’s nose. The fighters were back against the ropes in round eight.

Cotto’s hook found the Mayweather's ribs. Mayweather rebounded with three slick uppercuts. Cotto connected with another hard combination to the body.

In round nine Mayweather landed a slashing combination. The action was furious as both fighters landed punches. Mayweather appeared to have more left in the tank. Cotto kept staying close and working the body. Mayweather connected with two consecutive lead rights in round ten.

In rounds 11 and 12 Mayweather outpunched Cotto. A huge left uppercut in the last round hurt Cotto badly. The championship rounds were all Mayweather.

The scoring was unanimous by scores of 117-111 twice and 118-110. Doghouse Boxing scored the fight 117-111 for Mayweather.

“It’s about giving the fans excitement,” said a gracious Mayweather. “Miguel Cotto was a tough competitor. He came to fight.”

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