Floyd Mayweather Jr. improved to 43-0 with a unanimous decision about Puerto Rico’s Miguel Cotto (37-3) on Saturday night in the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

Mayweather, who is 35 and faces a June 1 on a case of domestic violence, imprisonment remains after serving his time in line for a super-fight against Manny Pacquiao.

Cotto tried to revitalize itself after loss to Antonio Margarito in 2008 crackdown, the loss of a knock-out on Pacquiao in 2009 and the death of his father, Miguel SR., in 2010. He Avenged the loss to Margarito in December but could not overcome his undefeated opponent on Saturday.

The score by the judges: Robert Hoyle, 118-110; Patricia Morse Jarmon, 117-111; Dave Moretti, 117-111.

Here is a recap of the round-by-round (with the unofficial Pugmire scoring).

Round 1:

Cotto swings a left that fog. Mayweather throws a left hook, then he jabs. Cotto, with the head down, with its left leads. Cotto swings and misses with a right. Mayweather jab continues. They are twice divorced. Cotto is trying a hard right, Mayweather tricks. It happens again. Mayweather sneaks a left to the body. Mayweather wins the round, 10-9.

Round 2:

Cotto shields head with both hands. Mayweather picks up and leans against him the ropes. Mayweather lands right at the head of Cotto. A good combo by Cotto, which relate to his head with both hands. Cotto Mayweather presses in the corner, then lands a hard right followed by a combo box. Mayweather with a left uppercut strikes. Mayweather lands a right. Cotto holding and pressing. Mayweather run shoulder, sneaks in some shots. Cotto wins the round, 10-9. Fight is even, 19-19.

Round 3:

Mayweather lands a right uppercut inside. Cotto answers with a combination to the body. He wants to do that all night. The couple exchange of blows. Cotto gets better of the following Exchange service. Cotto Mayweather of body and head shots lands. Cotto lands two good jabs. Mayweather items with an overhand right. Cotto lands a flush left to the Mayweather face. Cotto shifting weapons for body. He can also defend. Cotto wins the round, 10-9. Cotto leads fight, 29-28.

Round 4:

Mayweather jabs to open. Mayweather looking for land, rights past Cotto threw the gloves to go to his head. Mayweather duck Cotto lands a combination, makes road. Mayweather in middle of ring now, avoiding the corners. But Cotto finally corners him, and it’s a good exchange. Hard right by Cotto Mayweather to the head. Mayweather ducks in a late law. Mayweather wins the round, 10-9. Fight is even, 38-38.

Round 5:

Mayweather cornered again to open the round. He lands a hard right takes a hit but in exchange. Cotto Mayweather goes to the body, but takes five or six punches to the head. Mayweather strikes with a left-right combo. Mayweather dodging punches from Cotto. They exchange soft rights, than cotton lands a hard right. Impressive combinations by both fighters. Mayweather nods from any effect. Close round. Mayweather wins the round, 10-9. Mayweather leads fight, 48-47.

Round 6:

Cotto has some cream cut on his left eyebrow. Cotto jabs, entitled the country. Mayweather smiles. Cotto goes to his left hand. He lands another Mayweather left while cycling. Cotto gets into another left. Cotto then goes to the body. They love to bell. Cotto wins the round, 10-9. Fight is even, 57-57.

Round 7:

Chants of “Cotto!” can be heard. Cotto Mayweather punches cover and block. Cotto lands a good combo, ended with a right to the Mayweather head. Mayweather back in the middle of the ring. Mayweather lands a combination to the body and head. Cotto now block head shots. Cotto ducks in his corner, presses Mayweather direction. They love. Good Mayweather combination to close. Cotto wins the round, 10-9. Cotto leads the fight, 67-66.

Round 8:

Cotto is try to win this fight. He presses Mayweather to the ropes, barrages him with blows. Mayweather lands a right, but Cotto buries more body shots Mayweather middle in the ring. Cottpo Mayweather gets back to corner and him about working with combinations. Mayweather is trying to smile through it, but Cotto pounds him against ropes. A right to the body, a left to the head. Best round of the fight. Crowd is roaring. Cotto wins the round, 10-9. Cotto leads the fight, 77-75.

Round 9:

Mayweather lands a left to open the round, followed by a few uppercuts. The fighters exchange again. Cotto in good combination gets, then throws several jabs. They love. Cotto pushes Floyd on ropes. “Cotto!” is heard in the arena. Mayweather combo. He aggressively throwing. He knows that it is close. Mayweather wins the round, 10-9. Cotto leads the fight, 85-86.

Round 10:

Cotto Mayweather opens with a right to the body. Mayweather is looking for openings. He lands a right to the Cotto head.  Cotto Mayweather answers with a left to the head. Is there a good Mayweather counter. Straight left to the Mayweather face of Cotto. Mayweather jabs. Cotto goes to the body twice, then head. Cotto Mayweather with a left uppercut rocks during a good end Exchange. Cotto wins the round, 10-9. Cotto leads the fight, 96-94.

Round 11:

Great links to the Mayweather chest by Cotto, who later with a hard left to the Mayweather face follows. They keep again. Mayweather lands with an uppercut. Two good lefts to the jaw by Cotto. Brilliant combo by Mayweather. Cotto slips twice to the body, then lands a right. Mayweather lands a left-right combo. Close round Cotto, 10-9. I got him to 106-103, but the technical fan Mayweather would like. It’s close, to the 12th.

Round 12:

Mayweather jabs to open. Few have good exchange near Mayweather the corner. Mayweather strikes with a left-right combo. Cotto on top of Mayweather with a combination. Right-left by Mayweather. He hurts Cotto with a right.  Cotto jabs to no avail. Another hard right by Mayweather. This round he was at its sharpest. Mayweather wins the round, 10-9. I have Cotto unofficially win, 115-113. We go to judges.

Credit: Los Angeles Times


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