A lot tougher than expected
Before the Cotto/Mayweather fight began, I had a feeling that Cotto was going to get beaten up bad by Mayweather. Visions of the Mayweather/Gatti fight entered my mind. Then the fight began and I was rapidly reminded that Cotto is no Arturo Gatti. No disrespect to Gatti, may his soul rest in peace, but Cotto is not only a warrior, but Cotto is also a much better well rounded fighter than Gatti was. Cotto came out like a savage hunting for blood, and blood is what we all eventually would see. For once in a very long time, we were all reminded that Floyd Mayweather Jr. the boxing master, is very much human. No doubt about it, Mayweather won the fight, but by no means at all was this a 118-110 type of boxing clinic. The blood smeared upon the face of Floyd was proof enough that Floyd was in a real dog fight.
The fight was more across the lines of 7-5 or 8-4 in Floyd’s favor, so when the 10-2 and 9-3 scores were being read, I viewed it as a slap on the face for Cotto. Cotto deserved much better than the scores indicated by the judges that scored the fight last night. I too would have walked out of the ring in disgust if I were in Cotto’s shoes, Cotto worked hard and forced Floyd to fight a lot more than Floyd is used to, so maybe the fans in attendance should have booed the judges scores and not the fighter who brought the fight.
Major props to Floyd as well for fighting back like the champion that he is when the thunder storm came upon him. Floyd simply put on his rain coat and kept on working. No word on whether it was 50 cent, Triple H, or Justin Bieber that handed Floyd that rain coat. On a related note, I have advised Paulie Malignaggi to have the Gotti boys and the Jersey Shore cast to walk Paulie into the ring for his next bout. Hey, it just could happen. I also would like to point out that this is the hardest that Roger Mayweather and Rafael Garcia have had to work in a very, very long time. I couldn’t really hear as to what Roger was saying to Floyd in the corner in between breaks, but I am sure that it had to be a little more than the usual spill of, ” Hey nephew, keep doing your thing, he aint doing shit.” Mayweather remained unblemished and improved his record to 43-0, as Miguel Cotto’s record now reads 37-3. We all know that a cell is up next for Floyd, But what’s next for Cotto? If Cotto sticks around, I would like to see Cotto ask for a rematch, or go after the winner of the rematch between Ortiz/Berto. I know that Ortiz and Berto are 147 pounders but they are strong 147 pounders so moving up for a big money fight against Cotto at 154 should not stop either fighter.
On the co-main event, Canelo Alvarez beat up the living legend, Sugar Shane Mosley. I for one and I know I’m not alone in thinking this, hope that Shane Mosley will now finally walk away from the ring once and for all. Mosley had a great career, won titles, and faced all time greats such as: De La Hoya, Vernon Forrest, Winky Wright, Miguel Cotto, Manny Pacquiao, and Floyd Mayweather Jr. As for the young lion, if I’m Canelo, I would beg for James Kirkland and then have the winner of that fight face the winner of Cotto/Ortiz or Cotto/Berto. Canelo is still a little green to me but last night I noticed major improvements, even then though, I still also noticed signs that tell me that he is in no way shape or form ready for Floyd, but my eyes tell me that he is for sure ready for a Kirkland now, and will then later be ready to face a Cotto, Ortiz, or Berto with Charlie Sheen wearing a sombrero while drinking a corona, walking Canelo into the ring for next years Cinco De Mayo fight. Now that would be quite the sight to behold.