Las Vegas, May 1 - Long live the kings of the ring Floyd Mayweather, Miguel Cotto, Canelo Alvarez and Sugar Shane Mosley as they prepare for "Ring Kings: Mayweather vs. Cotto," the biggest fight of 2012 taking place this Saturday, May 5 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. which will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View®.
The event features four of boxing's biggest stars who all boast the experience and records to merit the worthiness of the fight's title. With an average of 44 professional bouts each, these four fighters have the star power, skills and experience to make May 5 an unforgettable night of boxing.
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Below please find some of the most noteworthy facts and figures about Mayweather, Cotto, Canelo and Mosley which support their individual and collective "king of the ring" status.
TOTALS AMONG THE FOUR MAIN FIGHTERS ON THE CARD:
164 wins, 9 losses, 2 draws, 124 KO wins 1,208 rounds boxed (average of 302 per fighter) 61 world title fights among the four By the end of May 5, all 4 of them will have had at least 40 professional fights
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42-0 (26 KO's), 303 rounds boxed KO percentage: 62% 19-0 (10 KO's) in title fights Won world titles in 5 divisions Fought 16 fellow world champions (17-0 vs. them) Despite not being known for his power punches, 12 of his Mayweather's 26 KO's have come in the first four rounds
37-2 (30 KO's), 269 rounds boxed KO percentage: 77% 17-2 (14) in title fights, last 19 fights ALL for titles-last non-title fight was in 2004 Won titles in 3 divisions Fought 13 fellow champions (12-2 vs. them)
39-0-1 (29 KO's), 248 rounds boxed (tremendous pro experience for a 21-year-old) KO percentage: 73% 4-0 (3 KO's) in title fights Fought two champions (2-0 vs. them) Early power: Also has 12 knockouts in the first two rounds
46-7-1 (39 KO's) with 1 no-contest, 388 rounds boxed KO percentage: 71% 15-6 (12 KO's) in title fights Won titles in 3 divisions Fought 13 fellow champions (9-7-1 with 1 no-contest vs. them) Remarkable streak: as a lightweight, 8 title defenses, 8 knockouts
(Note: These numbers were updated at 4:00 p.m. ET on Monday, April 30)
Mayweather (@FloydMayweather): 2,709,254 Cotto (@RealMiguelCotto): 149,104 Mosley (@SugarShaneM): 96,822 Canelo (@CaneloOficial): 76,152 **Note: Interim titles/titlists not included in the above statistics.
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"Ring Kings: Mayweather vs. Cotto," a 12-round fight for Cotto's WBA Super Welterweight World Championship and the vacant WBC Super Welterweight Diamond belt, is promoted by Mayweather Promotions, Golden Boy Promotions and Miguel Cotto Promotions. Also featured will be Canelo Alvarez vs. Sugar Shane Mosley, a 12-round fight for Canelo's WBC Super Welterweight World Championship which is presented in association with Canelo Promotions and Sugar Shane Mosley Promotions and a 10-round welterweight fight featuring undefeated rising star Jessie Vargas and former World Champion Steve Forbes. Opening the pay-per-view broadcast will be a 10-round bout between super welterweight contender DeAndre Latimore and former World Champion Carlos Quintana which is presented in association with DiBella Entertainment. The mega event is sponsored by Corona, Hatfields & McCoys on HISTORY™, DeWalt Tools, AT&T, O'Reilly Auto Parts and Puebla - Cinco De Mayo and will take place Saturday, May 5 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View® beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT.
Limited tickets for "Ring Kings: Mayweather vs. Cotto" are still available, with a total ticket limit of ten (10) per person. To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. Tickets also are available for purchase at www.mgmgrand.com or www.ticketmaster.com.
Three Las Vegas MGM Resorts, Mandalay Bay, Monte Carlo and The Mirage, will host live closed circuit telecasts of "Ring Kings: Mayweather vs. Cotto." Advanced purchased tickets for the closed circuit telecasts are priced at $75, not including handling fees. All seats are general admission and are on sale now at each individual property's box office outlets or by phone with a major credit card at (866) 799-7711.
Episode three of HBO's all-access reality series 24/7 MAYWEATHER/COTTO debuts on Saturday, April 28 (9:45 p.m. ET/PT), with the finale debuting Friday, May 4 (8:00 p.m. ET/PT), the night before the high-stakes super welterweight title bout. All four
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