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Mayweather vs. Cotto (2012): Stats, facts & highlights

By Lee Cleveland, FightSaga - August 26, 2023

Mayweather vs. Cotto Facts & Stats

Floyd Mayweather Jr. 42-0 (26 KOs) vs. Miguel Cotto 37-2 (30 KOs)

Overall Punches Landed: Mayweather 179, Cotto 105
Powershots Landed: Mayweather 128, Cotto 75
Overall Connect Pct: Mayweather 26%, Cotto 21%

  • Mayweather stepped into the boxing ring with an undefeated record spanning 16 years, making him a formidable force. With odds heavily in his favor, he was expected to maintain his winning streak. As the top pay-per-view draw in the sport, this fight further enriched Mayweather’s already substantial wealth. However, he had to put in every ounce of effort to secure his victory and justify the financial reward.
  • Cotto’s timing and defense were better than many anticipated and he was able to land crisp blows while avoiding many of Floyd’s power shots.
  • Mayweather showcased his unparalleled speed and precision on Saturday night, ultimately securing a well-deserved unanimous decision victory over the resilient Cotto. But, it was not a walk in the park for Mayweather, as Cotto’s resilience resulted in some hard-hitting punches and relentless attacks that persisted until the final bell. However, Mayweather’s superior skills prevailed, allowing him to clinch not only the win but also a notable portion of the highly coveted 154-pound title.

  • Cotto displayed an unyielding determination, continuously pressuring Floyd and delivering impactful blows to his head. As the 8th Round drew to a close, Cotto landed multiple powerful punches that caused Mayweather to shake off the pain defiantly. However, it was evident that Mayweather had sustained damage, as he began to bleed from the nose and showed signs of enduring punishment.

  • Mayweather’s victory in the last round was sealed by a powerful left uppercut that visibly stunned Cotto. Building on this momentum, he unleashed a series of rapid attacks to secure a decisive win. Up until the later rounds, the outcome of the fight had remained uncertain, adding an extra layer of excitement to Mayweather’s triumph.

  • Mayweather entered as the # 2 pound-for-pound fighter in the world and the # 2 welterweight according to The Ring Magazine. Cotto, a 4.5/1 betting underdog, was ranked as the # 1 junior middleweight by the same publication.

  • “You’re a hell of a champion,” Mayweather told Cotto in the ring afterward. “You’re the toughest guy I ever fought.”

  • For Mayweather, it was only the second time in his professional career he had fought at the 154-pound limit. In his previous bout at 154, which was five years to the day earlier, he earned a split decision over Oscar De La Hoya for the WBC Light Middleweight Title. It was Cotto’s fourth fight at 154 lbs.

  • The purse for the bout was split 65/35 in favor of Mayweather who received a guaranteed $32 million while Cotto pocketed $8 million.

  • The Mayweather vs. Cotto fight card, which generated 1.5 million pay-per-view (PPV) buys and a whopping $94 Million USD, was an all-around success.

  • Less than a month after the fight, on June 1, Mayweather was due to report for an 87-day sentence at the Clark County Detention Center in Las Vegas for a reduced domestic violence charge and no contest to two harassment charges. The case stemmed from a hair-pulling, punching, and arm-twisting argument with his ex-girlfriend Josie Harris in September 2010.

Unofficial Scorecards

Kevin Iole, Yahoo! Sports: 115-113 Mayweather
Jake Emen, ProBoxing-Fans.com: 115-113 Mayweather
Max Kellerman, HBO: 116-112 Mayweather
Dan Rafael, ESPN: 116-112 Mayweather
Doug Fischer, Ring Magazine: 116-112 Mayweather
Associated Press: 116-112 Mayweather
Harold Lederman, HBO: 117-111 Mayweather
Suge Green, On The Grind Boxing Radio: 114-114 Draw
Lance Pugmire, Los Angeles Times: 115-113 Cotto

Source: BoxRec


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