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Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Miguel Cotto to be televised by HBO PPV on May 5th

Floyd Mayweather Jr Miguel Cotto Mayweather-CottoBy Dan Ambrose: If you already have HBO then you might be pleased to learn that the Floyd Mayweather Jr. (42-0, 26 KO’s) vs. Miguel Cotto (37-2, 30 KO’s) mega fight will be televised on HBO pay-per-view. It’s still unknown what the price will be but my guess it will no less than $54.99, but hopefully not higher than that.

I could see it going for $65 if Cotto had been facing high quality opposition for the past two years, but he’ been matched too carefully by his promoter for this fight to be worth $65 in my view.


Cotto’s promoter Bob Arum has kept Cotto winning by putting him in against 38-year-old Ricardo Mayorga, Yuri Foreman with a jacked up right leg that he came into the fight with Cotto with, and Antonio Margarito coming off not one but three separate eye surgeries on his right eye.

It’s almost as if Arum has been digging up Cotto’s opponents from the hospital ward or an old folk’s home since his loss to Manny Pacquiao. For this reason, I think it takes a lot of the excitement out of the Cotto-Mayweather fight because Cotto has been matched so carefully by Arum to the point it’s kept him from accomplishing anything.

I frankly don’t care whether the fight is televised on HBO or Showtime, because I got both of them. But I can see how it would be a major inconvenience if you have Showtime and then you’re kind of in a predicament to have to purchase HBO.

Cotto is going to get blown out in this fight, and that’s pretty much the straight honest truth. As bad off as Cotto’s last three opponents have been, he looked vulnerable in parts of each of those fights.

Mayorga was hanging Cotto a new backside early on until Cotto started running and was able to box until stopping an exhausted and desperate Mayorga in the 12th. Foreman started out slowly but was giving Cotto all kinds of problems until his bad right knee gave out from under him in the 7th.

Cotto was then able to dominate a badly limping Foreman in the 9th. Margarito really should have not been facing a fighter like Cotto coming off those eye surgeries. Margarito needed more time and at least two or three tune-ups instead of facing a tough opponent like Cotto.

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