Floyd Mayweather, Jr. is holding a media workout session at his gym in Las Vegas and the public is invited to watch along with media members. The Mayweather website will stream video via UStream beginning today at 6:45 p.m. ET.
The fight against Miguel Cotto is at 154 lbs. for Cotto's WBC Super Welterweight Diamond Belt and will take place at the MGM Grand Garden and Casino on Saturday night May 5, live via HBO Pay Per View.
Miguel Cotto was chosen by Floyd Mayweather and his team as a perfect candidate for Money May's final bout prior to him surrendering to authorities in Las Vegas and serving his jail term. The sentence is an outgrowth of a plea deal for Floyd on charges of domestic battery.
ESPN's boxing scribe Dan Raphael reported in January, "The ruling by Justice of the Peace Melissa Saragosa to allow Mayweather to begin his 90-day stint on June 1 came with the fighter's manager and supporters, including rap star Lil' Kim and R&B artist Ray J, in the courtroom as a defense lawyer cited the economic boost that Las Vegas could get from the bout."
Since that ruling in January, Floyd Mayweather, Jr. has continued his habit of making large donations to charitable organizations. He dropped a $100,000 check on the Susan G. Komen For The Cure and then announced a contribution of $50,000 to the local Las Vegas chapter of Habitat for Humanity.
To get into the ring, the Mayweather camp had to do more than convince a judge to move his surrender date. They also had to make a plea to the Nevada Boxing Commission to give the boxer his license. With that out of the way, the announcement of the Cotto choice was made.
"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," said Mayweather (42-0, 25 KO's), whose only other fight at super welterweight came in a World Boxing Council (WBC) world title win over Oscar de la Hoya in May 2007.
Cotto (37-2, 30 KO's), from Caguas, Puerto Rico, has held a world title every year since 2004 while winning 16 of the 18 world championship bouts in which he has fought.
During HBO's "Face Off" hosted by Max Kellerman, Floyd said that he considered Miguel Cotto to be undefeated, just like him. He discounts the 2008 loss to Antonio Margarito because of the substance found in the Mexican fighter's hand wraps and the defeat at the hands of Manny Pacquiao in 2009 that was called a TKO with only 53 seconds left in the fight.
In the Margarito rematch, a grudge fight if there ever was one, Cotto won on a TKO over the very game Margarito, turning the tables after one of most vicious beatings ever absorbed in a ring.
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