Mayweather to fight Cotto May 5th…sigh….

With a blockbuster showdown against Manny Pacquiao ruled out, Floyd Mayweather Jr. will put his undefeated record on the line against Miguel Cotto….”I’m fighting Miguel Cotto on May 5 because Miss Pac Man is ducking me,” said Mayweather in his latest Twitter taunt of the Filipino superstar.

Mayweather agreed months ago to fight May 5 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. A judge even postponed his upcoming three-month jail term to allow him to meet the obligation.

Mayweather said he was ready to go toe-to-toe with Pacquiao, but boxing fans were left frustrated as the long-awaited fight once again failed to materialize.

In a press release announcing the upcoming fight, Mayweather said it will be a stern test for him to move up one weight class to face Cotto at 154 pounds.

“Miguel Cotto is a world class fighter who can never be taken for granted and continues to prove he is one of the best in boxing. It will be a challenge for me to compete with him at this weight, but this is the type of test I thrive on and gives me the motivation to train even harder,” said Mayweather.

Earlier, Mayweather appeared in Las Vegas at a hearing of the Nevada State Athletic Commission, which granted him a license for the May 5 bout. The license was given on the condition that Mayweather comply with a judge’s order to report to jail June 1, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The 34-year-old was sentenced to 90 days behind bars after pleading guilty to a domestic assault on his ex-girlfriend.

Cotto is nearly two months removed from a dominating 10-round TKO over Antonio Margarito at Madison Square Garden….The 31-year-old Puerto Rican star oozed confidence on his chances to hand Mayweather his first career defeat.

“I am here to fight the biggest names in boxing,” Cotto said in a statement.

“I’ve never ducked anyone or any challenge in front of me. … That is what the sport of boxing is all about; making the fights that the fans want and deserve to see. On May 5, stay tuned, because I will convincingly beat Floyd Mayweather.”

Cotto is 37-2 in his career, with 30 knockouts.

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Pac-Man defeats Suga Shane

LAS VEGAS (AP)

Manny Pacquiao won a lopsided 12-round decision over Sugar Shane Mosley on Saturday night, retaining his WBO welterweight title with his 14th consecutive victory.

Pacquiao (54-3-2) didn’t get the knockout he wanted, but the Filipino Congressman retained his position the most dominant and exciting fighter in the sport, methodically beating Mosley (46-7-1) at the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas….Pacquiao knocked Mosley down with a left hook in the third round, a punch that seemed to sap Mosley’s willingness to engage. Pacquiao ran after Mosley the rest of the fight, but the former champion who has never been stopped in 18 years in the ring managed to finish the 12th round on his feet.

Pacquiao won 120-108 on one scorecard, 120-107 on a second and 119-108 on the third. The Associated Press had him winning 118-110.

For Mosley, the fight was strikingly similar to his bout a year ago against Floyd Mayweather Jr. – except this time he didn’t even land a big punch like he did early on against Mayweather.

Pac Man vs. Suga Shane….More Mayweather trouble!!

 

LAS VEGAS (AP)

Shane Mosley knew what was coming from the minute he signed to fight Manny Pacquiao. He’s been in enough big fights to understand his role in this one.

What Mosley believes boxing fans don’t understand is he’s got a real shot to pull off an upset over the best boxer in the world….”It’s going to get very interesting, very quick,” Mosley said.

Oddsmakers in this gambling town don’t agree, making Pacquiao a 6-1 favorite to beat Mosley when they meet Saturday night at the MGM Grand Hotel. But Pacquiao himself says Mosley may prove to be his most difficult fight since he became a superstar by beating Oscar De La Hoya.

”He’s not an easy opponent,” Pacquiao said at Wednesday’s final pre-fight press conference. ”He’s the kind of fighter you can’t underestimate.”

 

 

 

LAS VEGAS

Troubled boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. was charged with two counts of misdemeanor harassment Thursday — the latest in a string of warrants to be filed against him in recent months…A criminal complaint lodged at Las Vegas Justice Court accuses the 34-year-old fighter of threatening to unleash “homies with guns” on two security guards who were ticketing vehicles outside his home in October 2010, the Las Vegas Sun reported.

The incident is separate from another case in which Mayweather allegedly poked a security guard in the face during an argument last November. That altercation was sparked by a disagreement over cars that were parked near the boxer’s residence, in an exclusive gated community near Las Vegas.

Mayweather faces a battery charge over the alleged face-poking.

The trouble might not end there. According to another report Friday, Mayweather is named in a lawsuit filed by a Las Vegas bouncer alleging the boxer’s bodyguard choked him for trying to card Mayweather and his entourage.

The five-division world champion is also gearing up for an evidence hearing on July 29 on domestic violence, grand larceny, coercion and robbery charges that could send him to prison for up to 34 years if convicted.

Mayweather — who has never lost a professional boxing match and earns millions of dollars per fight — is accused of striking and threatening his former girlfriend, Josie Harris, stealing her mobile phone and threatening two of their children in an incident last September.

 

 

Pac-Man’s next Victim

Filipino boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao is expected to choose his next opponent from a three-man shortlist later this week, Sky Sports reported Monday….Promoter Bob Arum has already booked Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden to stage the pound-for-pound king’s next fight on April 16, following November’s onesided battering of Antonio Margarito, which left the Mexican needing surgery on a shattered eye socket.
Arum and trainer Freddie Roach will fly out to Manila later this week to hold talks with Pacquiao regarding terms and conditions from American Shane Mosley, Haitian-American Andre Berto and Mexican Juan Manuel Marquez.
Former three-weight champion Mosley appears to be in pole position due to Marquez’s wage demands for a third fight with Pacquiao, while WBC welterweight champion Berto lacks worldwide recognition.
“We’ll present Manny with the information and, ultimately, it’s Manny’s decision who he fights,” confirmed Top Rank chairman Arum.

 

Margarito remains hospitalized with broken orbital bone

Antonio Margarito remained in a Dallas hospital Sunday after suffering a broken orbital bone in his right eye during his fight with Manny Pacquiao at Cowboys Stadium.
Margarito was taken by ambulance to a hospital on Saturday night immediately after he lost a lopsided decision for the WBC super welterweight title.
Top Rank executive Cal Moretti confirmed the injury in an e-mail to ESPN on Sunday.
The swelling of his right eye was so great in the later rounds that Pacquiao continuously looked to the ref to stop the fight in the 11th.
Pacquiao admitted after the fight he eased up on Margarito in the 12th round.
“I told the referee, ‘Look at his eyes, look at his cuts,’ ” said Pacquiao, who improved to 52-3-2 with 38 knockouts. “I did not want to damage him permanently. That’s not what boxing is about.”
Pacquiao’s legendary trainer, Freddie Roach, said he admired Margarito’s heart but accused the fighter’s corner for putting him in danger.
“He’s a very tough guy,” Roach said of Margarito (38-7, 27 KOs). “I was surprised how tough he was. He has the worst corner. They probably ruined his career by not stopping the fight

 

 

 

Pac-Man vs. The Tijuana Tornado

This bout is scheduled for 12 rounds for the vacant WBC junior middleweight title.

MANNY PACQUIAO   ANTONIO MARGARITO
31 years 11 months Age Fight Night 32 Years 8 Months
5’6 ½” Height 5’11”
67 ½ inches Reach 73 inches
38 inches Chest Normal 40 inches
41 inches Chest Expanded 42 inches
13 inches Biceps 14 inches
12 inches Forearm 11 ½ inches
28 inches Waist 32 ½ inches
28 inches Thigh 32 ½ inches
15 inches Calf 14 ½ inches
16 inches Neck 16 inches
8 inches Wrist 7 ½ inches
10 inches Fist 11 inches
Southpaw Stance Orthodox
51-3-2 Record 38-6-0
38 Knockouts 27

 

May Day=Pay Day

 

 

Floyd Mayweather Jr is still undefeated in 41 fights, two ringside judges scored it 119-109 for Mayweather, while the third had it 118-110.…. all had him winning every round past the second…..if Suga Shane was going to win that fight, then he should have finished Mayweather off early, but he let that opportunity slip away and Floyd Mayweather once again showed why he is the best pound for pound boxer in the sport….everything after round 2 went Mayweather’s way, his quick, precise, accurate- punching power was put on display, and in the end there was no doubt who had won the fight….for boxing fans we are left to wonder if we will ever see the “Money” vs. “Pac-Man” fight……Mayweather, who earned $2,500 in his pro debut 14 years ago, was guaranteed $22.5 million but probably will end up with much more once the final pay-per-view buys are added up. Mosley was guaranteed $7 million, and also had a share in the television revenues.

 

Manny Pacquiao vs. Joshua Clottey

Manny Pacquiao

Age: 30

Weight: 147

Stance: Southpaw

Height: 169cm

Reach: 170cm

Record: 50W (KO 38) – 3L (KO 2) – 2D

 

Joshua Clottey

Age: 33

Weight: 147 (probably 160 lbs on fight night)

Stance: Orthodox

Height: 173cm

Reach: 178cm

Record: 35W (KO 20) – 3L (KO 2) – 0D