In an abrupt departure from the fight the whole world has been waiting for, Floyd Mayweather and Miguel Cotto have an agreement in place to fight on May 5, 2012. Mayweather needed to secure a fight on this date as fighting on May 5th is a part of his conditionally delayed jail time on charges stemming from an altercation with his ex-girlfriend.
Mayweather has spent the last few weeks trying to secure a fight with fellow superstar Manny Pacquaio, but Pacquiao’s camp has seemed more interested in making fights with other boxers promoted by Pacquiao promoter Bob Arum. The reasoning given by Pacquiao’s camp for why they’re avoiding the Mayweather fight has been dubious to say the least. Initially the reports were that they didn’t believe Mayweather would be free to do all the leg work necessary to promote the fight because of his 90 day jail sentence. When that was cleared up we learned of a mysterious unhealed cut Pacquiao suffered in his fight with Juan Manuel Marquez. Of late, there seemed be a dispute over how to divide the money for such a huge fight. Pacquiao’s camp believes both fighters should pay Bob Arum, while Mayweather, who promotes his own fights, believed Bob Arum’s money should come out of Pacquiao’s share.
None of this matters anymore however as it looks like the fight with Cotto will happen. Short of moving up to middleweight to fight Sergio Martinez, Mayweather/Cotto is widely believed to be the biggest fight Mayweather can make outside of fighting Manny Pacquiao. Cotto is coming off of a decisive victory over Antonio Margarito, avenging his controversial loss to the fighter years ago. Though it doesn’t have the same buzz as Mayweather/Pacquiao this should shape up to be a great fight.
For boxing fans, one interesting thing to note here is that Mayweather and Cotto will fight at 154 lbs. It will be Mayweather’s second time venturing to this weight class. The last time this happened was the last time Mayweather won a fight by anything other than a knock-0ut or unanimous decision – his split decision victory against the legendary Oscar De La Hoya.
My question to you all is: Who’s to blame for Mayweather/Pacquiao not happening and will you be watching Mayweather/Cotto?