Mayweather: I wanted to leave my fans with at least one toe-to-toe performance
(Photo credit: Naoki Fakuda) By Dan Ambrose: The way that Floyd Mayweather Jr. talked after Saturday night’s win over WBA junior middleweight champion Miguel Cotto that he could be heading for retirement rather than fighting on against the likes of Manny Pacquiao, Saul Alvarez and Amir Khan.
Mayweather doesn’t seem all that interested in facing any of them other than Manny Pacquiao, who might be out of the equation permanently if Mayweather’s pay-per-view numbers turn out to be huge.
After the fight, Mayweather said this as quoted by the guardian.co.uk “I wanted to leave my fans with at least one toe-to-toe performance.”
If this turns out to be Mayweather’s last fight of his career then it’s definitely a good way to go out for him because the fight between him and Cotto was exciting to say the least. Mayweather Jr. took more shots than he normally does, but he also fought Cotto toe-to-toe all night long as he said, and ended up beating Cotto at his own game. Mayweather had Cotto staggering and ready to go after him with a left uppercut in the 12h round. That was superb moment for Mayweather, because he could have blasted Cotto out of there, but seemed to spare him his dignity by allowing Cotto to survive on his feet. I saw it was Mayweather wanting Cotto to finish rather than just looking rifle him with shots the way that Manny Pacquiao did in the 12th round three years ago in his 12th round TKO win over Cotto.
Mayweather will have time to consider whether he’ll continue his career or not when he starts his 90-day jail sentence on June 1st. When he gets out there’s going to be a ton offers for Mayweather to fight guys like Cotto, Pacquiao, Amir Khan and Saul Alvarez. However, the only fight boxing fans want to see is between Mayweather and Pacquiao. I imagine Bob Arum, Pacquiao and his trainer Freddie Roach are licking their chops after seeing Mayweather have problems with Cotto.
The fight won’t likely happen unless Mayweather’s PPV numbers for the Cotto fight are disappointing and lower than the 1.25 million buys that Pacquiao-Cotto did in 2009. I doubt that the Mayweather-Cotto fights will be that low, because Mayweather can do those numbers against almost anyone. He’s likely to get between 1.4 to 1.6 million buys for his fight with Cotto, and that’s going to make it tough for a Pacquiao-Mayweather fight to take place unless Pacquiao backs off his request of a 50-50 purse split with Mayweather.
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