By Lou Block
On Cinco de Mayo, Floyd Mayweather fights another tough top level opponent when he fights Miguel Cotto, and this is not going to be an easy opponent but Money Mayweather will make it look easy!
I have never seen a boxer with the type of intelligence and talent inside the boxing ring like Floyd Mayweather. When you witness a Mayweather fight you are witnessing the greatest of our era, I wasn’t old enough to see the other guys live but for my generation Floyd is the man and he is the boss. When anyone dare mentions a C class boxer like Manny Pacquiao alongside Mayweather’s name, it really makes me angry because how can a guy like Pacquiao who never beat the best at their real weight class and has 3 losses be mentioned in the same breath as an all time great like Floyd Mayweather? Only a fool will think Pacquiao could come close to Floyd’s greatness.
A lot of the haters can hate on the Mayweather vs. Miguel Cotto fight, but the one thing they got to realize is Money May is fighting Cotto at his natural weight class for the legit 154-pound title, not at no catchweight like Pacquiao did to gain an advantage over Cotto.
Floyd is a true sportsman and class act in the ring, he truly cares about his legacy and that is why he doesn’t want any advantages when he fights, that is why he is pushing for random Olympic style drug tests in boxing, and why he doesn’t advocate catch weight fights because he only wants to beat the best at their best.
When Mayweather said that Miguel Cotto is undefeated because two guys cheated when they beat him, Floyd is 100 percent on point with that statement. Antonio Margarito was caught with illegal handwraps before the Shane Mosley fight and that was after his TKO victory of Miguel Cotto and Margarito was probably using the same wraps when he beat Cotto, and Manny Pacquiao demanded that Cotto drain himself to 145-pounds for Cotto’s 147-pound title belt which sapped all the energy out of Cotto and won by TKO in 12. Since his two defeats, Miguel went up in weight to 154-pounds and won the WBA junior middleweight title, and avenged his loss to Antonio Margarito by stopping him in round 10. When Cotto tried to make a rematch with Pacquiao, Pacquiao tried to drain Cotto down again for a shot at Cotto’s WBA belt but Cotto rejected the offer and refused to sacrifice his health again and fought the greatest pound-4-pound boxer of our time Money Mayweather on May 5th with no catchweight, and for $8 million plus PPV percentage.
Mayweather is fighting a much better and healthier Miguel Cotto than the one Pacquiao fought in 2009, and Floyd’s win over this version of Cotto should surpass Pacquiao’s win over Cotto because Floyd is fighting Cotto at his natural weight, no catchweight, and on fair terms. It doesn’t matter if Floyd wins by decision or knockout, whatever the outcome is he deserves full credit for doing something Manny Pacquiao was too scared to do and that is fight Miguel Cotto at his best condition mentally and physically.