Floyd Mayweather vs. Miguel Cotto Fight Week Notebook
By: William Holmes
The biggest fight of 2012 will be happening this Saturday, as Floyd Mayweather Jr. (42-0) will be fighting Miguel Cotto (37-2) for the WBA Light Middleweight Title. This fight, dubbed “Ring Kings,” is one that has fight fans drooling, and coincides with one of the biggest drinking holidays of the year, Cinco De Mayo. This page will be updated through out the weekend.
The following is a special edition notebook for Mayweather vs. Cotto:
Celebritys Spotted in Vegas:
Jamie Foxx, Muhammad Ali, Mariah Carey, Mike Tyson, Will Smith, Arnold Schwartzenegger, Eva Longoria, Magic Johnson, 50 Cent
HBO Cotto-Mayweather Fight Day TV Schedule:
4:00 Face Off with Max Kellerman / Portrait of a Fighter: Canelo Alavarez
4:30 Floyd Mayweather – Speaking Out
5:00 24/7 Mayweather Cotto 1
5:30 24/7 Mayweather Cotto 2
6:00 24/7 Mayweather Cotto 3
6:30 24/7 Mayweather Cotto 4
7:00 Mayweather/Cotto In & Out Of The Ring
7:30 Mayweather/ Cotto Weigh In
8:00 Fight Day NOW! Mayweather / Cotto
9:00 Mayeather / Cotto PPV Event
All Times Eastern
Floyd Mayweather 151 Miguel Cotto 154
Photo: Tom Hogan/Hogan Photos
Floyd Mayweather is Ready for Cotto
“It feels good to be fighting again,” said Mayweather. “I am getting great work from my sparring partners and the energy in the gym is perfect for training hard every day. I am aware of Miguel Cotto’s record and success. I am not taking him lightly. I am working hard to get ready for the fight on May 5.”
Mayweather will be fighting Cotto at 154 pounds, a weight that some believe may pose a problem for the seven-time world champion. However, Mayweather is not worried stating, “My body feels great. I always fight around the weight I carry when I am not fighting. Now I can just work harder to feel stronger and more comfortable at 154 pounds. I haven’t had to adjust that much because my body has always just kind of found its comfort zone and that’s where I fight. I have been given a special gift with my weight. I have never had to worry aboutit other than to get in the best shape possible for all of my fights.”
Felix Trinidad supports Cotto
Miguel Cotto, hails from the city of Caguas and now carries the torch passed to him by the last great Puerto Rican pugilist, Felix “Tito” Trinidad. In an interview with Puerto Rico’s El Nuevo Dia newspaper, Trinidad said Cotto will need to be fast enough to overcome Mayweather’s speed and upper body movement. “He should stay toe to toe with Mayweather, round-by-round, close to Mayweather like all Puerto Ricans know how to do, put all his heart in and stay toe-to-toe,” Trinidad said. “Try to look for a good shot and soften him little by little.” Trinidad continued, “It is going to be very difficult for Cotto because the other guy has the physical conditioning, the intelligence, doesn’t take many shots and is very elusive. Cotto can win, but it’s not going to be easy.”
Mayweather on ESPN Mag Cover
Floyd “Money” Mayweather is appropriately featured on the cover of ESPN the Magazine’s annual Money Issue which hits mailboxes tomorrow and newsstands Friday. According to the ESPN, Mayweather is the highest paid player in the United States. He is readying himself for another major payday which will take place this Saturday, May 5, when he faces WBA Super Welterweight World Champion Miguel Cotto.
Mayweather and Cotto Arrived Vegas May 1
Floyd Mayweather and Miguel Cotto are set to arrive on May 1st at the MGM Grand Hotel Lobby. Sugar Shane Mosley is set to arrive at 1:30 p.m. Canelo Alvarez is set to arrive at 2:00 p.m. Miguel Cotto is set to arrive at 2:30 p.m. Floyd Mayweather is set to arrive at 3:00 p.m.
Official Weigh-Ins Set for May 4th
The official weigh-ins are open to the public and will be held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena at 2:45 p.m. Daniel Ponce De Leon vs. Eduardo Lazcano and Ishe Smith vs. Ayi Bruce will be fighting on the same night as the weigh-in at the Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino.
Jamie Camil to Sing Mexican National Anthem
Renowned Mexican actor and singer Jaime Camil is set to sing the Himno Nacional Mexicano at “Ring Kings: Mayweather vs. Cotto” on May 5 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. He will be singing the anthem at the mega-event which coincides with the Cinco de Mayo holiday.
Former World Champion Steve Forbes Fills In for Alfonso Gomez
Alfonso Gomez was forced to withdraw from his scheduled bout with undefeated Jessie Vargas, and former world champion Steve “2 Pounds” Forbes will fill in for Gomez on short notice. Vargas currently has a record of (18-0) while Steve Forbes has a record of (35-10).
Ring Kings Has the Stats to Prove It
In case you were wondering why the PPV on Saturday is called “Ring Kings”, Golden Boy has released the stats to prove that the card is worthy of the title.
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
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)
No other fighter in recent history has sold as many tickets in the city of New York as Cotto. Puerto Rican fans have come out in droves to see his fights live, buying more than 100,000 tickets for his seven bouts at Madison Square Garden and his fight in the outfield of Yankee Stadium.
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
Canelo Alvarez Called Heir Apparent to Cinco De Mayo Weekend Stardom
Canelo Alvarez will be defending his title on Saturday against six time and three division world champion Sugar Shane Mosley as the co-main event. Canelo will be upholding the tradition of being a Mexican Superstar fighter to fight on Cinco de Mayo weekend.
Canelo’s first Cinco de Mayo celebration appearance was on May 1, 2010, when he defeated Jose Miguel Cotto on the undercard of Floyd Mayweather’s win over Mosley.
“It has become a rite of passage, as well as a sign of greatness, when a Mexican or Mexican-American fighter is given the opportunity to fight on either Cinco de Mayo weekend or Mexican Independence Day weekend,” said Oscar De La Hoya.
“Those weekends mean a great deal to our Hispanic fans. It also means that a fighter is a tremendous box office draw. Canelo is heir to the throne. His popularity and appeal among sports fans, both Hispanic and non-Hispanics, has led him to his prominent place on the May 5 card.”
Watch Mayweather in Movie Theaters
NCM Fathom, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Mayweather Promotions and Golden Boy Promotions are celebrating Cinco de Mayo with a mega fight LIVE from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Ring Kings: Mayweather vs. Cotto plus Alvarez vs. Mosley comes to movie theaters nationwide on May 5 at 9:00pm ET/8:00pm CT/7:00pm MT/6:00pm PT/5:00pm AK/4:00pm HI. Tickets are now on sale now but are going fast so make sure to pick up yours up at the box office or at FathomEvents.com today.
NCM Fathon is running a contest for the upcoming Mayweather v. Cotto fight live in theaters this Saturday. Check out the Fight Night Face-Off Photo Contest, where fans can put their own photo into the fight poster for a chance to win a trip to an upcoming Golden Boy fight. https://www.facebook.com/FathomEvents/app_320187621379783
Puebla – Cinco De Mayo
Puebla, the Mexican city where the 1862 Battle of Puebla occurred, will make its presence known on the 150th anniversary of the battle and in recognition of the Cinco de Mayo weekend with their sponsorship of the “Ring Kings: Mayweather vs. Cotto,” the May 5 super welterweight world championship mega-fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. The fight, which will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View®, will mark the first time the City of Puebla will engage in an active sponsorship of a big-time boxing event.