Mayweather vs. Cotto looms

By By Francis Walker BASN Boxing writer
Updated: April 19, 2012

It appears its NOT just about the money, but history...

It appears its NOT just about the money, but history...

NEW YORK, NY (BASN)–The long-awaited fight between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao may never come off, as both fighters appear to be ‘comfortable’ with their current promotional arrangements.

However, Mayweather (42-0, 26 KOs) will face a big challenge on Saturday, May 5, when he moves up in weight to 154 pounds to fight WBA jr. middleweight champion, Miguel Cotto (37-2, 30 KOs). Mayweather and Cotto are amongst the top draws in the sport. Both have had will documented careers worthy of the Hall of Fame and are fighting one another in the prime of their careers.

There is a lot of hype and build-up leading into any fight, especially for a pay-pre-view event. That is why Golden Boy Promotions and HBO Sports have pulled out all stops to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to watch Mayweather vs. Cotto.

The HBO reality series Mayweather/Cotto: 27/4 has already debuted and episodes two, three, and four are scheduled to be aired on Saturday, April 21 (10:00 p.m. ET/PT), Saturday, April 28 (9:45 p.m. ET/PT), and Friday, May 4 (8:00 p.m. ET/PT). There will also to additional replays and for all four shows on HBO, HBO On Demand, and HBO GO.

Also, Mayweather-Cotto can be seen live on closed circuit TV for $75 general admission in Las Vegas’ three premier resorts: The Mandalay Bay, The Monte Carlo, and The Mirage.

Mayweather vs. Cotto can also be seen in more than 400 movie theaters throughout the United States in HD. Check www.FathomEvents.com.

Mayweather vs. Cotto undercard

The undercard of “Ring Kings: Mayweather vs. Cotto will feature a very, very intriguing showdown between undefeated WBC super welterweight champion, Saul Alvarez (39-0-1, 29 KOs) vs. former three-division titlist, Sugar Shane Mosley (46-7-1, 39 KOs).

Alvarez is one of boxing’s rising stars. He can box, punch, and an overall tough kid. Alvarez is steamrolling his way toward stardom and an impressive win against Mosley, a future Hall of Fame fighter will bring ‘Canelo’ to new heights.

Mosley is the only boxer to beat Oscar De La Hoys twice. The former world lightweight, welterweight, and junior middleweight champion has a storied career and has fought the very best. Mayweather, Cotto,the late Vernon Forrest, Winky Wright, Fernando Vargas, Zab Judah, Luis Collazo, and many more.

However, recent performances against both Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao strongly suggest that perhaps Mosley’s best days are far gone. Perhaps at age 40, Mosley may finally be ‘retired’ by ‘Canelo.’

In addition: Unbeaten welterweight Jessie Vargas battles Alfonso Gomez in a scheduled 10-rounder. DeAndre Latimore will challenge former WBO welterweight champion Carlos Quintana in a 10-round super welterweight fight.

Mares & Moreno return on Saturday

A pair of highly touted world champions will be featured on a SHOWTIME Championship Boxing doubleheader.

Abner Mares (23-0-1, 13 KOs), winner of SHOWTIME’s Bantamweight Championship Tournament, will move up in weight from 118 to 122 pounds to fight former world titlist Eric Morel (46-2, 23 KOs). The two will meet for the prestigious WBC super bantamweight championship in the main event at the UTEP Don Haskins Center in El Paso, TX.

Also, the “Mares vs. Morel: Battle at the Boarder” will open the SHOWTIME broadcast with Anselmo Moreno (32-1-1, 11 KOs), the talented WBA bantamweight champion, defending his title for the tenth time. The opponent: David De La Mora (24-1, 17 KOs) of Mexico.

The SHOWTIME Championship Boxing doubleheader airs live at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT, but prior to the SHOWTIME main card, preliminary bouts will air live on SHOWTIME EXTREME beginning at 7:00 p.m. ET/PT

Felix Sturm continues to win

Long-time WBA middleweight champion Felix Sturm (37-2-2 16 KOs) successfully defended his title with a ninth-round wipeout of former WBC champion Sebastian Zbik on Saturday in Germany. It was Sturm’s 18th world title fight as a three-time 160-pound champion, and 12th consecutive title defense since besting Javier Castellejo in a rematch 5 years ago.

Sturm is famous here in the U.S. for losing a highly controversial 12-round decision to Oscar De La Hoya in June 2004 in defense of the WBO middleweight crown. Sturm hasn’t fought in the U.S. since and has amassed a very creditable and respectable resume. He has done so well in the last eight years, despite having struggled recently against Matthew Macklin.

Make no mistake, Sturm is good, but Sergio Martinez is the best middleweight boxer in the world.

Martinez, in March, did what Sturm couldn’t do. He decisively stopped Macklin, in the eleventh round at the Theater of Madison Square Garden on St. Patrick’s Day.

Martinez-Strum would be a terrific fight, but will most likely never happen. Sturm, who promotes his own fights in Germany, hasn’t done much to boost his profile in the U.S. market where Martinez has done so convincingly. Sturm isn’t willing to come to the U.S. and Lou DiBella will not negotiate for Martinez to go to Germany. Especially since HBO is committed to making Martinez.