On the third HBO 24/7 episode previewing this Saturday night’s Floyd Mayweather (42-0 26 KO’s) vs Miguel Cotto (37-2 30 KO’s) junior middleweight title bout at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas (8 p.m. on HBO PPV), it was deemed resurrection vs perfection. The fight has been dubbed as a battle of “Ring Kings,” but resurrection vs perfection is a more fitting description.
Miguel Cotto is brimming with confidence after defeating the movie like monster that is Antonio Margarito in December. Cotto’s win gave him redemption over the plaster using cheater, Margarito. The 2008 fight that saw Cotto bloodied and beaten by Margarito’s plaster wraps was the low point of his otherwise successful career (his only other loss is to Manny Pacquiao). Laying the smackdown to Margarito in a decisive 10th-round TKO was necessary, but it also gave Cotto piece of mind to take on the monumental challenge that awaits.
“Nobody is invincible in life,” Cotto said to Sports Illustrated. “I know that because I passed through this point in my life. I’m ready for anything Floyd brings me. The question is, is Floyd ready for anything Miguel can bring to him? I know he’s a hard worker. He has said to everybody he’s a hard worker, but he’s going to have in front of him a hard worker like him. I’m trusting in myself. I know what I have to do to get the victory.”
Cotto is loaded with confidence, and why not? He is a big name in boxing, and worthy of sharing this stage with Mayweather. Plus, it’s Floyd who is moving up to 154 pounds, not the other way around (Cotto’s been fighting at that weight since 2010). Being a 7-1 underdog doesn’t seem to bother him, no matter how dominant Mayweather is.
Say what you will about Floyd, but he looks ready to remain undefeated and start up the “Why won’t Mayweather & Pacquiao make the super fight already?” rumblings all over again. Floyd is not only looking at jail time on June 1, he is also set to face another round of questions from fans, critics, boxing experts & everyone else who knows there’s only one fight that needs to happen.
It’s a shame, really. Mayweather says that he’ll hang up the gloves when he’s 37 (not that we should believe a boxer when he talks retirement, but still), and here we are constantly talking and awaiting a fight that is likely to never happen. We should be reveling in Floyd’s prime, but fans are undoubtedly taking him (and Pacquiao) for granted. Enjoy them while they’re in their primes, because before you know it, they’ll be gone. And when you look around at the bums that masquerade as boxers, you realize the future of the sport is bleak at best.
That’s not a slap in the face to Cotto by any means, but it’s a reality. Imagine if Mike Tyson never went to prison in ’92 and a Tyson-Holyfield fight didn’t happen when both men were in their primes (sorry, but neither man was by the time ’96 rolled around). We’d have all been pissed off, right?
Floyd can’t escape that truth, which is why he ripped into Pacquiao this week… Again. But it’s fight week, and what better way to forget about D Rose depression than to immerse yourself into a fight that should entertain? This fight is coming along at a perfect time for both fighters. Cotto may not be the same fighter he was before the first Margarito fight, but he is a threat to end Floyd’s undefeated record. It’s not happening, however. Mayweather will dissect the slower Cotto & win by a unanimous decision before heading off to the joint. And when he gets out in 90 days, he’ll still be haunted by the Pacquiao questions. Sorry, Floyd, but those haters will never go away until you sign the contract.