SAN DIEGO, May 5, 2012 – “Ring Kings” Floyd Mayweather and Miguel Cotto are in their final hours of preparation before tonight’s main event showdown at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
True to form, Mayweather was hanging around on Twitter Saturday morning, talking up the fight, giving shoutouts and answering fans. One of the fans who weighed in: Justin Bieber, who tweeted Mayweather this message Saturday afternoon:
“cinco de mayo… #MayweatherCotto yeah @FloydMayweather today is a BIG day.” Bieber followed up with the simple hashtag tweet “#FIGHTNIGHT.”
Who knew Justin Bieber had fight fever? That’s just how big this fight has turned out to be. Pay-per-view predictions estimate 1.5 million sales at $69.95 per purchase. This would put the bout in the top five of all time PPV ticket sales, but wouldn’t threaten Mayweather’s own all-time PPV record of 2.4 million ticket sales from his 2007 fight against Oscar de la Hoya.
One record has already been set: Mayweather’s guaranteed $32 million payday is a record for a single fight in boxing history. Depending on late hour pay per view sales, it could reach as much as $40 million. Miguel Cotto is guaranteed an $8 million payout.
There was a bigger crowd for Friday afternoon’s weigh-in than most professional boxers ever see for their actual fights. The weigh-in made it official; both fighters made weight as expected, and the battle is on.
Mayweather hit the scale at 151, three pounds under the weight limit. Mayweather is coming up in weight for this fight, only his second fight ever at this weight. In his only other bout at super middleweight, he beat Oscar de la Hoya in 2007.
Miguel Cotto is comfortable at 154 pounds and he hit the scales right on target. Both fighters look to be in exceptionally good condition and ready to rumble.
The usual stare down ensued, an especially long one. Cotto was impassive and expressionless while Mayweather smiled and finally started in on some trash talk. Cotto seemed to answer in single-word responses. HBO commentator Emanuel Steward didn’t like it and said he’d never allow one of his fighters to stand in for such a long stare down. In the end, the fighters were separated by their respective camps without any physical contact, although Mayweather escalated the trash talk once he was a few feet farther away from Cotto.
See the weigh-in video here courtesy of HBO Boxing:
In the under card weigh-in, Shane Mosley missed the 154-pound weight limit by a half pound. He had an hour to lose it and make weight, and had no problem doing so. His opponent Saul “Canelo” Alvarez hit the scale at the 154-pound weight limit.
The 10-ounce gloves both Mayweather and undercard favorite Alvarez originally planned to use tonight will be replaced by new eight-ounce gloves being flown in overnight. Shane Mosley’s trainer objected to Alvarez’ original gloves because they have a patent leather thumb, creating a seam that could be used to open cuts to the face. Miguel Cotto’s attorney made the same request for a switch since Mayweather uses the same gloves. The new gloves are all leather. Mayweather likes heavier gloves so score a tiny advantage there for Cotto.
Final keys to the fight:
Preparation: Both boxers are in exceptional condition. They train hard and there will be no stamina issues for either one.
Speed: Mayweather has the clear advantage in speed, both around the ring and with his fists.
Power: Cotto has the superior punching power and more weight behind his punches.
Focus: Do Mayweather’s distractions, party attitude, and the fact he’s going to jail in less than a month detract from his focus on this fight? Or do they relax him? Cotto is relentlessly focused and no-nonsense. They couldn’t have more different approaches on this point.
If this bout goes the distance, a decision is likely to go to Mayweather unless Cotto truly dominates him. Cotto’s best chance for a win is to put Mayweather on the canvas. Cotto has the power to do it. The question is whether he can move in close enough and pressure Mayweather without getting tagged too hard himself. Cotto can take a punch but he can’t become a punching bag and have his power worn down by Mayweather.
The fighters are ready, the fans are ready, and we are ready at Communities at Washington Times for the kind of sporting entertainment only a world-class prize fight can offer.
Be sure to join our Communities Super Cinco party online covering the fight for you right here on Communities at Washington Times. We’ll have a live chat starting at 10:15 Eastern Time/7:15 Pacific Time. We’ll cover the Canelo Alvarez vs. Shane Mosley undercard which is also sure to be exciting. Then it’s the main event of the evening, and we will be ready to rumble when Michael Buffer shouts it out as Floyd Mayweather and Miguel Cotto square off in Las Vegas. Have your margaritas refreshed! Arriba!
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