When: Saturday, May 5, 2012
Where: MGM Grand Garden Arena - Las Vegas, NV
Floyd Mayweather (42-0, 26 KO) will fight Miguel Cotto (37-2, 30 KO) in a 12-round WBA Super World light middleweight title fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on Saturday, May 5, 2012. Mayweather will move up from the 147 lb weight division to the 154 lb weight division for just the second time in his career and both fighters have agreed to Olympic-style drug testing for the fight, which will take place on Cinco de Mayo.
Mayweather chose Cotto as an opponent when Pacquiao refused Mayweather's offer of $40 million to fight him which would have been substantially less than a 50-50 split. As well, Mayweather scheduled the fight on the same date on which he was trying to get Pac-Man to agree to. Since that fight couldn't be made, Mayweather chose the next best opponent. Pacquiao, meanwhile, will likely fight undefeated Timothy Bradley at 147 pounds on June 9 in Las Vegas.
Mayweather's fights always draw a crowd, and Cotto is by no means an unknown. He's one of the most recognizable and most decorated boxers in the world, and he's been around for a long time.
Miguel Cotto is not some random noob. Cotto, a Puerto Rican native has defended his title mutiple times and has no intention of given his WBA Super World light middleweight title to Floyd Mayweather, with out a fight. Cotto, won the WBA super welterweight title in June of 2010 at New York's Yankee Stadium by stopping then-undefeated champion Yuri Foreman. Cotto defended that title by stopping Ricardo Mayorga in March 2011, then continued with a 10th-round technical knockout win against Antonio Margarito last December at Madison Square Garden, puts him at the top of the list of Mayweather's toughest opponents so far.
Mayweather, is a seven-time world champion in five weight divisions, is one of boxing's biggest attractions, who has beaten such fighters as Diego Corrales, Jose Luis Castillo, Gatti, Zab Judah, de la Hoya, Ricky Hatton, Juan Manuel Marquez and Shane Mosley.
He is coming off a fourth-round knockout of Victor Ortiz last September in a highly controversial finish. After Ortiz had intentionally head-butted Mayweather, he was trying to apologize, and as Ortiz looked away, with his hands down, Mayweather cold-cocked him with a left and a right hand, dropping the WBC welterweight champion.
Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao continue to dance around each other so, gamblers will have to make due betting on the Mayweather vs Cotto Odds. Will Cotto land a good punch to put a blemish on Mayweather's currently unblemished record or is Mayweather still the best boxer in the World today?
Miguel Cotto comes in at +600 underdog and the 34-year old Floyd Mayweather Jr. is a -800 favorite at Bookmaker.eu In simple translation, a $100 bet on Cotto will net you a whooping $600 while an $800 bet on Mayweather will give you a measly $100.
The fight is scheduled for 12 rounds. The current total rounds betting line has the OVER 10.5 Rounds ( -240 ). Meaning that if you think the fight is going to go to at least 11 rounds for you to win your bet. You will need to bet $240. to win $100. The UNDER 10.5 Rounds ( +240 ) is the underdog line, meaning you need to risk $100 to win $240. There is betting value in the fight going under 10.5 rounds when you factor in that both fighters have offensive styles as seen by both fighters having 26 or more KOs on there record.
Mayweather vs Cotto Over/Under Odds is at 10.5 Rounds with the Over at -240 Odds at Bookmaker Sportsbook.
Miguel Cotto still has power, heart and a good body attack but Mayweather should have his way in this one. Cotto, is not as young as he once was, nor is he as fast or explosive as he once was. He's not over the hill yet, but he's trending in that direction and Floyd Mayweather hasn't taken the punishment in his entire career that Cotto took in his past boxing match ups.
Cotto’s speed disadvantage will get him torn up with Mayweather able to get into a groove against the tentative Puerto Rican. Cotto is more boxer than puncher with Manny Steward in his corner and “Pretty Boy’s” counters pounch will make Cotto go straight home, with NO victory cellibration.
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