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
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.
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.
found the Mayweather's ribs. Mayweather rebounded with three slick
uppercuts. Cotto connected with another hard combination to the body.
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.
rounds 11 and 12 Mayweather outpunched Cotto. A huge left uppercut in
the last round hurt Cotto badly. The championship rounds were all
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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