43 tried… 43 failed.
Floyd Mayweather Jr. defeated Miguel Cotto in a 12-round decision to obtain the WBA (Super) Light Middleweight Championship belt from Cotto Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena where his $32 million guarantee was the biggest in boxing history. Cotto also received his biggest purse to date, taking home $8 million while seeing his record fall to 37 wins and 3 losses.
“Money May” used his defense and speed to dominate the late rounds of the bout in order to remain undefeated but fought his most difficult opponent to date of his Hall of Fame career. Two of the judges scored the fight 117-111 and the third had it 118-110. But the fight wasn’t as easy as the cards would tell, with Mayweather suffering a bloody nose from Cotto during the mid-rounds, but his accuracy and late round flurries and combinations seem to slow Cotto down before the final bell.
“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.”
“You’re a hell of a champion,” Mayweather told Cotto afterwards. “You’re the toughest guy I ever fought.”
Mayweather fought his last fight on Saturday before having to serve a three-month sentence for domestic abuse inside of the Clark County Detention Center in a few weeks. He’s scheduled to start serving his sentence on June 1st. But the biggest questions surrounding Floyd, is will we ever see him in the ring with Manny Pacquiao after his jail sentence is complete?
“It’s just been a problem trying to make this fight.” Mayweather stated after the fight. “The fans and the public are being fooled. Bob Arum does not want to make this fight happen. Once he’s free from Bob Arum, will the fight happen? Absolutely.”
What Floyd is alluding to is Pacquiao being contractually bound to Top Rank Promotions, which is ran by promoter, Bob Arum (who’s also a former promoter for Mayweather) and Floyd’s belief that a 50/50 split in the fight’s purse would be unfair to his brand and business considering his belief that his draw is substantially higher than Manny’s in anticipation of this fight. Bob Arum seems to be held steady on a split for both fighters and unless one side folds, this fight doesn’t look like it may happen in the foreseeable future.
He can all hope, wish and wonder if the fight everyone wants to see, will ever happen.