The sport of boxing is always better off when the best fighters take on the most worthy opposition available...especially when one of these match-ups includes Floyd Mayweather.
Mayweather KOs Ortiz
Boxing superstar Floyd Mayweather (42-0, 26 KOs) scored a fourth round KO over WBC welterweight champion Victor Ortiz (29-3-2, 22 KOs) to claim the WBC crown in round four on Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Ortiz had a good round two, but Floyd was back in charge in the third. After an Ortiz attempt at an intentional headbutt in round four, Cortez broke the action and deducted a point from Ortiz. Cordoba called time back in and Ortiz went to Mayweather, embraced him and apologized, Mayweather then clocked Ortiz with two shots as he was stepping back and knocked him out.
Referee Joe Cortez told the Las Vegas Review Journal that Mayweather's KO punch was a legal shot. "Time was in," Cortez said. "The fighter needs to keep his guard up. Mayweather did nothing wrong."
WBC welterweight Floyd Mayweather and HBO Commentator Larry Merchant got into it during Saturday night's post fight interview.
WARNING SALTY LANGUAGE
Mayweather: You never give me a fair shake. You know that? So I'm gonna let you talk to Victor Ortiz, alright? I'm through! Put somebody else up here to give me an interview.
Merchant: What are you talking about?
Mayweather: You never give me a fair shake! HBO needs to fire you! You don't know shit about boxing! You ain't shit! You're not shit!
Merchant: I wish I was 50 years younger and I'd kick your ass!
Mayweather: You won't do shit!
END OF INTERVIEW
Saul 'Canelo' Record: 47-1-1, 33 KO
Knockouts-to-Fights Ratio: 68%
Rounds Boxed: 326
Updated May 8 , 2016
Last Fight: KO 6 Amir Khan, May 7
Updated: Jan 3, 2017
Record: 40-5, 33 KO
Last Fight: L-UD 12 by Canelo Alvarez, Nov 21, 2015
Weight (last fight): 153½ lbs
Next fight: James Kirkland, Feb 25, 2017
Miguel Cotto of Puerto Rico is a multi-division champion, the younger brother of contender Jose Miguel Cotto and cousin of Abner Cotto.
As an amateur, Cotto represented Puerto Rico in the lightweight and light welterweight divisions at various international events including the 1999 Pan American Games, the 2000 Summer Olympics and the 1998 Junior World Championships where he won a silver medal.
Miguel Cotto is a former WBC and Ring Magazine middleweight world champion and the first native of Puerto Rico to become world champion in four different weight classes. He previously held the WBO junior welterweight world title, the WBA welterweight world title, the WBO welterweight world title and the WBA super welterweight world title. He also represented Puerto Rico in the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia.
Cotto has competed in 24 world championship fights, compiling a record of 19-5 with 16 knockouts in those bouts. In Puerto Rico, he is hailed as a national hero and the successor of Felix "Tito" Trinidad as the island's most revered boxer. Cotto is one of the biggest gate attractions in boxing and one of the largest pay-per-view draws among active fighters.
In June 2014, Cotto made history in his first fight as a middleweight by dominating Argentine southpaw and defending WBC and Ring Magazine Middleweight World Champion Sergio "Maravilla" Martinez. He is trained by legendary Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach and has fought some of the biggest names in the sport including Floyd "Money" Mayweather and Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao.
On June 6, 2015, Cotto defended his WBC, Ring Magazine and lineal middleweight world championships against former two-time World Champion Daniel Geale at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Cotto scored a thunderous knockdown early in the fourth round before finishing matters with a second knockdown midway through the round, which left Geale unable to continue.
On November 21, 2015, Cotto cemented his status as one of the biggest pay-per-view draws among active fighters in his much anticipated mega-fight against Mexico’s Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, despite going the distance for a twelve-round unanimous decision loss. The hard-fought bout has been dubbed as the biggest fight in the history of the famed Puerto Rico vs. Mexico boxing rivalry. The Five-Time World Champion is eager to return to the ring against James Kirkland on February 25.
Updated: February 13, 2016
Manny Pacquiao Record: 59-6-2, 38 KO
Current Champion: WBO
Rounds Boxed: 443
Net Worth: $190 Million USD est
Manny Pacquiao, sometimes known simply as "Pac Man," began his professional career in 1995 at the age of 16.
He is the first and only eight-division world champion and has won ten world titles. He's also the first fighter in boxing history to win the RING Magazine/lineal championship in four different weight classes.
He was named "Fighter of the Decade" for the 2000s (decade) by the Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA), World Boxing Council (WBC) and World Boxing Organization (WBO). He is also a three-time The Ring and BWAA "Fighter of the Year," winning the award in 2006, 2008 and 2009, and the Best Fighter ESPY Award in 2009 and 2011.
He was long rated as the best pound-for-pound boxer in the world by some sporting news and boxing websites, including FightSaga, ESPN, Sports Illustrated, Sporting Life, Yahoo! Sports, About.com, BoxRec and The RING Magazine.
His aggression, punching power, tenacity and impeccable footwork have made him one of the most exciting fighters in history. Moreover, his warm demeanor, endearing smile, charm and chisled physique have helped make him one of the most popular athletes in the world.
In 2009, Pacquiao formed a new political party, the People's Champ Movement, and won a congressional seat to become the lone district of Sarangani's House representative in May 2010.