Round-by-round live blog: Mayweather vs. Cotto
LAS VEGAS -- Welcome back, Blog readers! We're at the MGM Grand Garden Arena (again) for a Floyd Mayweather fight (again) that is not against Manny Pacquiao (unfortunately, again). Mayweather's opponent tonight will be Miguel Cotto (37-2), the WBA junior middleweight champion regarded as
• There was plenty of intrigue in the junior middleweight title fight between top prospect Saul Alvarez and Shane Mosley, with some (OK, just me) even predicting that the 40-year old Mosley would prove to be too much, too soon for Alvarez. Instead, Alvarez put on a boxing clinic, doling out a cringing amount of punishment in a lopsided decision win.
Mosley, simply, has nothing left. It's his fourth subpar performance in a row and likely his last on a big stage. We saw his speed and reflexes disappear in back-to-back blowouts to Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao; against Alvarez, his power went too. Mosley's shots were pillow soft and Alvarez walked right through them. Mosley still has a great chin, but he can't score points with it.
This was a big win for Alvarez, who is now in prime position for a big money fight. He has been mentioned as a candidate to face Mayweather later this year. If not, a title unification matchup with Cotto -- rekindling the Mexico-Puerto Rico rivalry -- would be a war.
• Two members of Mayweather Promotions stunk up the undercard Saturday night. In the opener, fringe 154-pound prospect DeAndre Latimore was knocked out by journeyman Carlos Quintana. And Mayweather's protégé, Jessie Vargas, who has become a staple on Mayweather's undercards despite no power and a virtually unwatchable style, won a lopsided decision over professional sparring partner Steve Forbes.
• It's been a relatively uneventful fight week. Besides a brief barking match at the weigh-in on Friday, Mayweather and Cotto have been respectful towards each other. Cotto isn't much of a trash talker anyways, but he has made sure to steer clear of any mental traps Mayweather has put down for him.
• Mayweather's purse for this fight: $32 million. According to Keith Kizer of the Nevada Athletic Commission, that's a state record. Cotto's guarantee is $8 million and both will likely earn more once the Pay Per View receipts are counted.