Floyd Mayweather vs. Miguel Cotto on Saturday

By By Francis Walker BASN Boxing writer
Updated: May 2, 2012

Floyd by a hat...

Floyd by a hat...

LAS VEGAS, NV.(BASN)—Undefeated five-division world champion, Floyd Mayweather returns to the 154-pound weight division to challenge WBA junior middleweight kingpin Miguel Cotto on Saturday, May 5, at the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas, NV. Mayweather can add to his already impressive resume’by defeating another tremendous champion. Cotto, in turn, has the opportunity to deal Mayweather his first professional defeat.

Anything can happen inside the boxing ring, but one thing is certain, Cotto will not beat Mayweather on Saturday. Aside from who the better fighter is, the real question is what is the current form of both fighters?

“I think I’m getting better with age,” Mayweather said during a recent conference call. “Actually, I think I’m still sharp, I’m still hungry. But to answer that question as far as my opponent. I think if it was my opponent I think when he look at it if he’s on live stream he has to say, “I can’t watch this,” because I think it’s going to throw his focus off, because I know there’s no fighter in the history of the sport that’s dedicated like I’m dedicated.”

Mayweather is currently in the better form. His punches are accurate and his reflexes and timing are sharp.

“There’s no fighter that’s going to work as hard as Floyd Mayweather, because again I have the will to win,” Mayweather added. “And like I said before, I think my opponent, once they show me on live stream, the opponent may let his trainer watch and the trainer don’t mind watching because the trainer don’t have to get inside that ring, but I think the fighter just think, “I’m not thinking about it, I’m not going to look at it, I’m not going to watch it; I’ll just wait until the fight get here and I’ll go out there and press.”

What’s even more impressive is that Floyd has fought only once per year in each of the last three and in each performance against Juan Manuel Marquez, Shane Mosley, and a ripped Victor Ortiz, Mayweather hasn’t shown any ring-rust whatsoever. Where as, Cotto, as tough as he is, has taken punishment in both victory and defeat. Namely against Manny Pacquiao and Antonio Margarito.

Miguel isn’t the same ferocious body-puncher that brought hi to the top years ago, but he is still exciting. Miguel has some amazing names on his resume that he has defeated like many champions, Cotto has bounced back from adversity on many occasions.

The difference on Saturday is that Cotto will be fighting a guy that has seldom tasted adversity on any level as a professional fighter. The pressure will be on Cotto to force Mayweather to fight Cotto’s style of fight. Cotto is going to have to make Mayweather uncomfortable enough to want to have to enter into a fight on Cotto’s terms.

I just think that Mayweather is too skilled and intelligent a fighter to allow Cotto to play dictator in the ring.

Floyd will not stand in front of Miguel and exchange. Mayweather will keep the fight in the middle of the ring where his speed and reflexes will turn Cotto’s face into a dirty pillow filled with blood.

The fight will get interesting when Cotto will have Mayweather against the ropes. Everyone across the arena will be yelling and screaming hard for Miguel to pummel Mayweather. The last time someone tried to pummel Mayweather into the ropes, they got KNOCKED OUT!! Victor Ortiz and if you really want to go back, Ricky Hatton in December 2007.

Cotto has to be cautious because… Mayweather throws his punches a lot straighter and faster. Cotto has a tendency to loop with a lot of his shots. Mayweather is also a very good defensive counter-puncher. Something Cotto hasn’t seen too much of through his career. Mayweather is a step up, but Miguel has a lot of momentum following an emotionally-charged, TKO win in a rematch against Antonio Margarito last December at Madison Square Garden.

Cotto will be a force and he will give Floyd some anxious moments. But I see Floyd pulling away with a comfortable decision victory.

Shane Mosley challenges ‘Canelo’

The fight that I really want to see is Sugar Shane Mosley’s challenge of WBC super welterweight champion, Saul Alvarez. Shane is 40 years old. He hasn’t looked good in recent years and has always struggled at 154 pounds. Mosley will be in with a younger, dangerous, and physically imposing Alvarez. Alvarez will look to impose his will, as he hopes to retire Shane.

This could be another changing of the guard between a longstanding warrior in Mosley against a rising, modern champion in Alvarez. Mosley isn’t willing to talk away and Alvarez doesn’t envision losing anytime soon. Temperaments will fly on Saturday and I’m expecting an exciting finish. Saul Alvarez is young, but he is a monster and has potential to grow.

Golden Boy lauds Hopkins, Mitchell

Bernard Hopkins and Seth Mitchell has wowed their promotional team at Golden Boy Promotions following their performances last Saturday at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City.

Hopkins (52-6-2, 35 KOs), a future Hall of Famer and boxing’s oldest world champion in history at age 47, lost the WBC light-heavyweight title to Chad Dawson (31-1, 17 KOs) in the main event. Mitchell (25-0, 19 KOs), an unbeaten American heavyweight prospect, overcame a rocky first round to stop Chazz Witherspoon (30-3, 22 KOs) in the third round.

Both fights were televised live on HBO.

“I fought hard Saturday night and feel the fight was closer than two of the scores reflected,” Hopkins said regarding the 117-111, 117-111, and 114-114 majority verdict. “Regardless of the result, I will continue my career and challenge any champion in my division. I might be older, but I don’t feel a decline in my skills or abilities in the ring. I love to fight and am still competing at a level where boxing cannot deny me the opportunity to succeed.”

Afterwards, Dawson spoke highly of his great opponent: “He can still beat anyone else in our division.”

While Bernard Hopkins seriously contemplates his next move, Mitchell is on track toward making some serious noise in the near future. Mitchell noticeably had the crowd of more than 7,700 strong on their feet during his dramatic stoppage of Witherspoon.

Mitchell was peppered to death behind Witherspoon’s left jabs and when he followed with the right hand, Mitchell was in serious trouble. Credit to Mitchell for clinching when necessary and attacking Witherspoon’s body. Mitchell showed patience and knockout power in both fists, as the referee stopped the contest at 2:31 seconds of the third round.

“Every experience I have in the ring allows me to improve my learning curve in the sport as I continue to climb the heavyweight division,” said the 29 year-old Mitchell. “I know I have the heart, which the fans saw Saturday night. I am very proud of my victory over Chazz and look forward to my next challenge. There is only one dream for me and that is to be the bona fide heavyweight champion of the world.”