On May 5, WBC Welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. will take on WBA Light Middleweight champion Miguel Cotto. The fight will be Mayweather’s final before the undefeated superstar begins his three-month jail sentence on June 1.
There is a surprisingly decent amount of enthusiasm for this showdown thanks in large part to the dough spent to promote it, but nobody -- not even the people looking forward to it -- foresee Cotto giving Mayweather too much trouble.
At 31, Cotto is still willing to get down and dirty in his matches – all the happier to brawl with his opponent and hope that some of the blows connect enough to do serious damage. Mayweather has never really subscribed to that sort of fighting style and, at 35, he definitely won’t change up a winning formula now. For Mayweather it’s all about solid defense, surgical precision with counters and feverish patience. That’s how he's won in the past, and that’s how he’s going to win this weekend.
Currently, Vegas has the moneyline betting as follows:
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The over/under is set at 9.5 rounds. Because Mayweather isn’t known for his huge knockout power, the under is set at +170 and the over is at -250.
Bottom line: everyone expects Mayweather to emerge victorious. Maybe it won’t be via KO like fans would love for it to be, but the undefeated champ will keep his spotless record intact coming out of May 5.
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Far more interesting than this weekend’s end result is what the end result will ultimately mean for a potential showdown between Pacquiao and Mayweather. How exactly will the Dream Match be impacted by what transpires on Saturday?