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"Was This Fight As Close As Many Seem To Think It Was?"

BY Lee Wylie ON May 06, 2012
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ArYNg6-CEAIi-DdWas this fight really as close as many seem to think it was? I've watched it twice now, once with the sound off, and I scored it 117-111.

The fight reminded me a lot of the James Toney-Vissily Jirov fight from 2003. That fight was also considered close by some, and wide by others. Last night, I thought the enthusiastic crowd and the blood on Floyd's nose, along with the destination of most of the action, made some of the rounds appear alot closer than they really were.

When the action took place in the centre of the ring, Mayweather dominated with his overhand right- a clear indication that he had studied the Shane Mosley-Miguel Cotto fight. At times, Floyd didn't even bother to set it up behind a jab, he was literally throwing it one right hand after the other. Don't confuse this for Floyd's regular straight right hand lead, this was a far more aggressive, looping shot. Cotto, who's hands were in his usual high guard defensive position, had no answer for it. Also when the fight was in the centre of the ring, Floyd dominated with his rythm breaking jab, to the head and body, and a punch i've seldom seen Floyd utilize - a lead hand uppercut. This punch was effective because Mayweather threw it from the same angle as his jab, which resulted in Miguel not being able to anticipate what punch Floyd was going to throw next. When Cotto did mount his offense, he was stifled and stymied by Mayweather's uncanny ability to read an attack. By dipping low enough to make Cotto land off the mark, or by simply shutting down the left hook by raising his right arm in such a way that his right elbow was protecting his face and body, Cotto did not get in enough clean, scoring shots for my liking. In the centre of the ring, Floyd dominated.

Now here is where there is a misconception in boxing. If a fighter has his back to the ropes, it does not automatically mean that his opponent has gained the upper hand. There are very few fighters who are as comfortable as Floyd Mayweather is when he is in this, a percieved negative position-only James Toney could match him in this area. In other words, because it's not the norm to see a fighter voluntarily go to the ropes, when it happens, many view it as a sign that said fighter is being forced there against his will.

Like in the James Toney-Vassily Jirov fight, Mayweather actually got the better of the exchanges in close up on the ropes. Yes, Cotto did have some success there, he was throwing enough to get at least a few clean shots in, which he did. However, the vast majority of Cotto's swings were finding nothing but elbows and thin air. Mayweather on the other hand, was actually landing the better, cleaner shots with his back to the ropes. Take another look at the fight, you will see Mayweather fire off short crisp combinations -mainly left hooks and uppercuts- with his back against the ropes. This really was a dissitation on inside fighting. Mayweather's relaxation, visual clarity and extreme comfort in this position, amid punches raining down on him, is a sight to behold. Again, go back and watch the action without paying attention to the crowd every time Cotto swings at him, there were very few occasions when anything landed clean on Floyd. With his back to the ropes-Cotto's most dangerous offensive position-Mayweather got the better of almost every exchange.

Cotto deserves a lot of credit for his effort. He fought a very disciplined fight, but I dont think the fight was close as most seem to think it was. Cotto's ;lack of footspeed hurt him in the centre of the ring, and Mayweather's impregnable defense hurt him in close and up on the ropes.At 35 years-old, I dont think there were any significant signs of a Mayweather decline. Mayweather, a defensive specialist,is so dominant, that any landed shots on him are going to be blown out of context.

For once, we know what is next for Floyd Mayweather. After that? As usual, who knows. Lets hope it's the fight we all want to see.

Comment on this article

Radam G says:

YUP! This bout was as close as many seem to think it was. And yall oughta see why Money May is great at optical illusions and ducking opponents and punches. He's a master at blinding people with his tough talk and then making them believe his weak-arse walk. Ain't got nuffin' but luv for an arch-master like Money May, who can fool those blind mice, born every minute, out of their moola, while he plays the Money May's piped-piper flute to get 'em fall off those cliffs about his fo'-suckas-pedestrian performance. Enough spittin' fo' now, babeee! Holla!

Shoulder Roll Defense says:

Competitive, but not close. There is a big difference! 8 rounds to 4 or 9 rounds to 3 in favor of Mayweather from most people that know boxing. Just like the Jay-Z song goes, "On To The Next One."

the Roast says:

No.

dino da vinci says:

Miguel is a class act. A true gentleman. He fought as well as he's capable of fighting. Mayweather, Jr. called him a future Hall-of-Famer, and this his toughest fight. You can't ask for more.

I gave him two rounds.

ali says:

Triple O.G stop trying to fool us by saying you got love for Mayweather cuz you don't. Its okay homie just don't bulls*it us.

Radam G says:

SCLA Ali get da double fudge out of my grill, and go fall off a hill. You don't know Jack still. Go and take a get-da-fudge-outta-my-face pill. I told you that Money May and I are boys. I'm not his employee or one of his groupie male bytches. And I don't kiss his arse. And you are definitely a Money May fool. He could use yo' a$$ as a toilet stool. Hehehe! But it is all good. I ain't hatin' you for wanting Money May to __ __ ___ ___ ___ __ YA! Hahahaha! Holla!

puncher says:

Fight was close. Money Man got hit and pressured all night. His right hook to the head to Cotto was excellent. Still Cotto's straight jab to the nose and mouth was also good. I had the fight won in the last round. I would love to see another fight between both of them. The rest will just be boring!

deepwater says:

mayweather won 7 rounds to 5 rounds. if cotto won the 12 it would be a draw. props to both guys. hell of a fight. bet you floyd retires. never seen him beat up like that

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