MGM GRAND, LAS VEGAS — Floyd Mayweather and Miguel Cotto finally ended their pleasant fight build-up with an intense staredown earlier today during their final pre-fight weigh-in. Neither man wanted to break the staredown, much to the delight of the mostly pro-Cotto crowd.
Mayweather disclosed that he taunted Cotto by claiming he looked “drained” and doesn’t have what it takes to defeat him. Cotto verified his response to HBO commentator Max Kellerman.
“He’s never faced Miguel Cotto. That’s the reason he’s undefeated,” said Cotto. “I’m ready for everything he can do to me.”
Mayweather tipped the scales at 151 pounds, the highest weight of his career by one pound. Mayweather’s previous high of 150 came in his first junior middleweight appearance in 2007 against Oscar De La Hoya. Miguel Cotto weighed at the junior middleweight limit of 154 pounds.
Prediction: Cotto should make this real fun early. The extra weight should also help Cotto’s durability, and he’ll need it since his stance makes him suspectible to Mayweather uppercuts inside and lead rights. Cotto doesn’t have the bully mentality of his youth, but there should be at least a few rounds where they battle inside and the bout takes on the appearance of the late rounds of Mayweather’s victory over Jesus Chavez. Expect Cotto to be retreating late in the fight when Mayweather starts aggressively walking him down. Mayweather by unanimous decision.