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Floyd Mayweather vs. Miguel Cotto – Fight report and undercard

The fight between Floyd Mayweather and Miguel Cotto not only lived up to the massive hype surrounding it, but went above and beyond all expectations. Many predicted a dull or at least quiet fight due to Mayweather’s normal approach of fighting on the back foot, but by the end of the night even Floyd’s most ardent of critics would be standing to applaud the five weight world champion.

After a tense encounter between the two at the previous days weigh in; a stare down that seemed to go on forever until they were separated, there was a sense of anticipation and excitement in the arena by the time the ring walks began.

The opening four rounds were all one way traffic as many had expected with Floyd completely dominating Cotto off of the back foot, countering effectively and blocking virtually everything Cotto was throwing at him. Cotto as predicted was forcing Mayweather to the ropes, trying to bully him at every opportunity and land to the body. At one point in the fourth he landed big and blood started to pour from the nose of Mayweather.

Round five onwards was when the fight really came alive. Floyd made the decision that he wanted to turn the fight in to a scrap and the two started to trade blows. To the shock of many fans, Floyd was taking the fight to Cotto rather than the other way around, and that impenetrable Philly shell guard was nowhere to be seen.

The majority of the rounds were being taken by Floyd for the cleaner and more accurate work, but Cotto was making a good go of it. Mayweather was having big success with the straight rights, right hooks and the uppercut. Later on he would say that after studying tapes of some of Cotto’s fights, he decided that the uppercut and the right hook were going to be his two main shots after seeing Zab Judah and Shane Mosley have success with those shots respectively against Miguel.

Cotto had a big round 8 and at one point he gave Floyd a beating on the ropes that looked to shock the undefeated fighter. Mayweather saw out the round though and that looked to be Cotto’s last hurrah as Floyd took control from 9 onwards.

In the final round Floyd landed a huge uppercut in an exchange with Cotto that shook the champion to his boots, but for some reason Mayweather took his foot off of the gas and was happy to see the fight out to the final bell.

Although the fight had looked close, Floyd had fought the much cleaner and accurate fight and won a wide unanimous decision on the scorecards.

Robert Hoyle: 118-110

Patricia Jarman: 117-111

Dave Moretti: 117-111

The chief support to the main event was an intriguing fight involving the rising Mexican star Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez, against the American veteran ‘Sugar’ Shane Mosley. Almost everybody predicted a win for young Alvarez but it was a decent step up fight to see how he’d fare against a ring savvy guy like Shane who has power in abundance.

Alvarez received a cut above his left eye in the third round from an accidental headbutt, but never looked like being in any sort of trouble and won virtually every round, even looking as though he had Shane out on his feet on a few occasions.

Jesse Reyes: 119-109

Glenn Trowbridge: 119-109

C.J. Ross: 118-110

Another fight on the undercard involved Mayweather Promotions’ promising talent; Jessie Vargas who took on the experienced Steve Forbes. Vargas fought a sensible and mature fight, looking to get in and get his shots off, then getting back out of range again before Forbes could build any sort of momentum. The end result was a convincing unanimous decision. A great learning curve for Vargas and a good name to add to the record.

Adalaide Byrd: 100-90

Richard Ocasio: 98-92

Richard Houck: 97-93

The first televised fight of the evening included another Mayweather Promotions fighter; Deandre Latimore who took on Puerto Rico’s former world champion Carlos Quintana. Quintana was looking to propel himself back in to world title contention after his loss to Andre Berto in 2010. Latimore started well but Quintana’s constant pressure started to take it’s toll and more punches were leaking through Latimore’s defence. Round by round Quintana continued to break Latimore down with body shots and the end came in round 6. Quintana launched an assault on the ropes with no reply from Latimore, and when two big left hooks landed Latimore went crashing to the canvas. He never looked like regaining his feet and referee Kenny Bayless waved the fight off at the count of nine, the knockout coming at 2.19 in the sixth round.

 

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