Floyd Mayweather Jr stepped up big time sunday, dominating a gameen route to winnning the WBA Super Welterweight title.
Ring Kings, it was dubbed, and surely Mayweather proved he was the king of kings. Cotto didn't look like target practice. He valiantly applied pressure all throughout the bout, landing body and head shots at the elusive Mayweather. Evidence was Mayweather's bloodied nose late in the bout and a face after the bout that resembled so little of the almost untouchable Pretty Boy.
Did this show that Mayweather is human after all? Maybe, but then maybe not. After the bout Floyd said something like giving the paying fans what they deserve out of their hard earned money, especially since it's The Recession. Hmm.... Giving the fans their money's worth was never in Mayweather's vocabulary. It was always giving Floyd all their money. But hey, this one was different.
This was not the usual defensive hide and seek we were accustomed to seeing Floyd do. This one was pure action from round 1 to 12. At times, Floyd tried to lure Cotto by lagging in the corners, taking the big shots, while unloading some of his own power punches. Floyd Mayweather Jr. in an offensive, action packed fight? Yes sir. And it was fun to watch. It was worth the PPV money paid.
For a Pacquiao fan like me, this was scary. At age 35, Mayweather looked in terrific condition. He could've fought up to Round 15 and still look great. For a 35 year old boxer moving up to the 154 pound limit, it looked too easy: He had both speed and power. And even more. The technical aspect of the bout is without question. Floyd is a master of the sweet science. He is a defensive genius. But he showed a lot of offense and resilience sunday. That was something new: An exciting Floyd Mayweather bout.
To cap things off, Mayweather was un-floyd like during the post fight interview. He said "thank you." and "I am blessed".even said that Floyd said sorry to him for the September verbal tussle on PPV. That was very surprising, even unusual. And Floyd went on to say that he is gonna take his prison sentence like a man. And then he said thank you again. Charismatic now? Remains to be seen but that interview was too tamed for a Money Mayweather Show. But who knows, Mayweather is a champion of antics that would put the WWE to shame. He is without doubt, the best salesman in the sport.
The tables are now turned-Manny Pacquiao needs a homerun in his bout with Timothy Bradley. Floyd Mayweather has just turned in the performance of his life, and in doing so, bolstered his claim as the number 1 Pound for Pound boxer today.
Floyd was guaranteed $32M for the Cotto bout, plus a lion's share of the PPV buys, for sure. That $32M figure is the largest ever in the history of the sport, and to think that they said the richest bout would be Pacman vs Mayweather, this gives us one food for thought: MAYWEATHER IS MONEY, WITH OR WITHOUT MANNY.