5th May 2012|
Floyd Mayweather Junior put in a performance of the highest quality to extend his career record to 43 - 0 and end the stern challenge of Miguel Cotto.
The judges scored it 117 - 111, 117 - 111, 118 - 110, rewarding Mayweather for his supreme defensive display and crowning him the new WBA Super Light Middleweight Champion of the World.
It was a pulsating fight throughout, with both men putting in a massive work rate. For Mayweather, his focus was on counter punching and evading Cotto's work, while Cotto spent a great amount of his time unsuccessfully trying to land shots.
The only time the unbeaten Mayweather looked remotely troubled was when Cotto backed him into the ropes, but even then Mayweather managed to shake himself loose and get mobile once again.
Cotto enjoyed only brief moments where he was able to break Mayweather's dominance, but it seemed inevitable that the fight would go to the scorecards as a breathtaking 12th round played out.
The stage at the MGM Grand Las Vegas is set for what's sure to be an absolute super fight. Natural light middleweight Miguel Cotto hit the scales and came in at 154lbs, while Mayweather, stepping up, weighed in at 151lbs.
The two fighters squared up for over a minute as the tensions grew ahead of one of the fights of the year!
Miguel Cotto and Floyd "Money" Mayweather meet for one of the most eagerly anticipated fights of the year, with Cotto's WBA Super World Light Middleweight Championship on the line. BoxNationTV will bring you the fight live and exclusive from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States.
Cotto, 31, has a 37 - 2 career record, which he will look to extend during a third defence of his WBA crown. The Puerto Rican won his WBA belt from Yuri Foreman in June 2010, and has since defended it against Ricardo Mayorga and Antonio Margarito.
His win against the latter was screened live on BoxNationTV last December, as an eye injury halted the challenger in the 10th and he was forced to retire.
Cotto is known for his aggressive body-line punching and combative, war-like style. The proud Puerto Rican, who was said to have become a national hero after beating Margarito, will leave nothing behind in the ring and will look to negate Mayweather's fast footwork.
Mayweather, 35, boasts a 42 - 0 record and steps up a weight class once more to fight for yet another World Championship. "Pretty Boy" Mayweather beat Oscar De La Hoya in 2007 to win the WBC World Light Middleweight Championship, so he does have a successful history in the 154lb category.
The Michigan-born fighter is currently rated by Ring Magazine as the World's second best pound-for-pound fighter behind Manny Pacquiao.
Renowned for his lightning pace and mobility around the ring, Mayweather is nicknamed "Pretty Boy" thanks largely to his skilful evasion of punches. The 35-year-old's father and former trainer, Mayweather Senior, is credited with teaching his son many of the defensive aptitudes that he will bring to the ring against Cotto in their May 5th encounter.
5th May 2012
Saul "Canelo" Alvarez takes a comfortable unanimous points decision over experienced warrior "Sugar" Shane Mosley to retain his WBC World Light Middleweight Championship.
For Canelo, at just the age of 21, this fight is a staggering 40th career win, setting him on a path that could see him rated as one of the world's best pound for pound fighters in the future.
The Mexican went about his work in a compact and tidy way, but came up against a determined and energetic Mosley, who deserves his plaudits for showing great heart throughout the 12 rounds.
And so it went to the judges' scorecards, who all sided with the
reigning champion with scores of 119 - 109, 118 - 110, 119 -
And, in a lively post-fight interview, Alvarez declared his intent for the future, saying: "Mayweather, Pacquiao, Cotto - I'm ready!"
Mexican Saul "Canelo" Alvarez, 21, defends his WBC World Light Middleweight Championship against American 40-year-old "Sugar" Shane Mosley.
The two men enter the fight at different ends of their respective careers, with Alvarez boasting a remarkable 39 - 0 - 1 record at the age of just 21. Mosley, on the other hand, is a veteran of 55 fights, with 46 wins, seven losses and a draw to his name.
Nicknamed Canelo - Mexican for cinnamon - due to his flame-red hair, Saul Alvarez is one of the most exciting and experienced 21-year-olds in the fight game.
The Jalisco-based light middleweight won regional titles at welterweight before stepping up a class to light middleweight in 2010. At this weight, he won the WBC World Championship in 2011 after he scored a unanimous decision against Matthew Hatton.
He has since defended his belt twice, and will look to make this three on May 5 when he takes his unbeaten career record into the ring with a man almost twice his age.
Unlike many other great bulldozing Mexican champions, Alvarez is known for his patient and clinical style.
40-year-old Shane Mosley has won 39 of his 46 fights by way of knockout, and, when he was in his prime, was known for his electric pace around the ring and quickfire jab.
The California-born Mosley, who has held the IBF, IBA, WBC and WBA welterweight belts, first moved up to light middleweight in 2003, and has since fought between 147 and 154 pounds.
Mosley's most recent fight was a big-money defeat against Manny Pacquiao, where he climbed off his haunches in the third round, but ultimately lost the fight on a comprehensive unanimous decision.