LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 05: Miguel Cotto hugs Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Mayweather Jr. defeats Cotto by unanimous decision during their WBA super welterweight title fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 5, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
Floyd Mayweather returned to the ring last night (Sat., May 5, 2012) for an explosive showdown against Miguel Cotto on HBO pay-per-view (PPV) from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
And for 12 rounds and 36 minutes, the Puerto Rican champion gave "Money" everything he could handle.
In the end, though, Mayweather reigned supreme, no different than he has 42 other times throughout his long and illustrious career fighting inside the squared circle. In a post-fight interview with ESPN, Mayweather was nothing but complimentary of Cotto:
"Miguel Cotto is a tough competitor. I know I had to dedicate myself and bite down because this wasn't going to be an easy fight. I didn't look into going into this fight expecting an easy fight. To me, Miguel Cotto was an undefeated fighter. He fought one guy at a catchweight, he fought another guy who had cheated in the sport; he brought his best and made me bite down and fight hard. ... He hit me with a lot of good shots. I bit down and I fought like a true champion and a tough competitor. Like I said before, this guy's not an easy fighter."
Indeed, Cotto undoubtedly presented Mayweather with the toughest test of his career. There are even those who are arguing today that Cotto should have been awarded the decision, though that's up for heavy debate.
Ultimately, the big favorite ruled the night, just as he was expected to. And now talk can turn once again to whether or not we'll ever see Mayweather square off against Manny Pacquiao before the two retire from the sport.
According to Floyd, Bob Arum is the guy standing in the way of making it happen. He says he wants to give the fans what they want to see. First, he's got a 90-day jail sentence to complete before anything can come of that.
Hear more from Mayweather in the full entry, including his quotes on potentially fighting Pacquiao.