Mayweather Passes Possiby Toughest Test Yet

Surprising many, Miguel Cotto put up quite the fight against Floyd Mayweather on Saturday night.

Josh Helmuthby Josh Helmuth

The first Megafight of the year featuring the most polarizing figure in boxing, Floyd Mayweather Jr.(43-0, 26KOs) against WBA junior middleweight champ Miguel Cotto (37-3, 30KOs), delivered in every aspect on Saturday night's HBO PPV.

Mayweather hasn't been in a "war" for quite some time and many people didn't believe Cotto was in any postion to bring said "war" to Mayweather, as he was a 7-1 underdog. Cotto proved a lot of people wrong.

The first round was slow as both men felt one another out. In the second round however, Mayweather put his back against the ropes as Cotto unleashed combinations that were mostly blocked. Mayweather countered with a slapping left hook as both men traded punches. The third round was similar to the second as both men stood in the corner and traded. Mayweather was easily getting the better punches off, but Cotto was not backing down.

During the fourth, Cotto was absorbing big right hooks from Mayweather in the middle of the ring. Cotto took it to Mayweather once again at the end of the round behind his fantastic jab that was finding the target. The same can be said for the fifth as Cotto went to the body, but was met with a Mayweather counter to the jaw almost every time they chose to fight toe to toe.

In the sixth round a rare sight emerged as Mayweather found himself bleeding from the nose. Cotto's stiff left jab was working and for the first time in years Floyd Mayweather was in a war.

Cotto's timing helped him greatly as he pumped the jab and went to the body. Mayweather controlled the action in the seventh with his own jab that was being followed up with a razor sharp straight right hand that Mayweather is known for.

Cotto might have had his best round in the eighth when he did serious work to the body. Mayweather opened up more and Cotto was able to land some pretty good shots to the head.

This was the cleanest I've ever seen Mayweather get hit throughout a fight. Cotto seemed to be taking a page out of Jose Luis Castillo's fight with Mayweather, as he moved forward behind the jab and went to the body.

In the ninth it was all Cotto, until Mayweather landed thudding combinations that held Cotto in check. During the tenth Cotto landed a nice uppercut that rattled Mayweather's head. Mayweather stood his ground once again, getting the better of the furious exchanges.

Mayweather came out strong in the final round. Cotto continued to move forward but was countered almost every time he committed to a shot. A hard right hand followed by a huge left uppercut hurt Cotto badly as his knees buckled.

Cotto went into survival mode as Mayweather danced around him and hurt him again. The final bell sounded and Mayweather won the fight with the scores of 117-111 (twice), and 118-110.

This was by far the most impressive performance by both men in their respective careers.

During the post fight interview Mayweather said, "I knew that I was going to have to come into the ring, fight hard and execute the gameplan. Cotto is a future Hall of Famer. He's no pushover. He came to fight. He didn't come just to survive. He came to fight. I dug down and I fought him back."

Then of course the topic of Manny Pacquiao reared it's ugly head.

"I tried to make the Pacquiao fight, and that didn't work, so I fought Miguel Cotto instead and gave the fans a fight. You know, I'm just trying to make that fight. I want to make that fight," said Mayweather who won his eighth title in five weight classes. "I want to fight Pacquiao, but he needs to take the test and I'll fight him. Miguel Cotto agreed to take the blood and urine test, and Pacquiao can do the same."

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