May 5, 2012; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Floyd Mayweather Jr. (right) connects with a right to the head of Miguel Cotto during the ninth round at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-US PRESSWIRE
It was a busy weekend in combat sports, as Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) returned to the FOX network with its "Diaz vs. Miller" event on Saturday night (May 5, 2012) from the IZOD Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey, featuring Nate Diaz submitting Jim Miller to earn himself a shot at the lightweight championship.
The better fighter won in "The Garden State."
A few thousand miles away, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, a much bigger battle unfolded as pound-for-pound boxing great Floyd Mayweather returned to the ring for one more mega payday -- a record haul of $32 million guaranteed, in fact -- against Miguel Cotto.
As it turns out, the Puerto Rican super welterweight champion had more to offer Mayweather than any previous opponent before him, taking "Money" the distance and hanging around for 11 full rounds of action.
But come round 12 it was clear who the better man was and Pretty Boy Floyd spent the final three minutes dancing his way to a unanimous decision victory to push his career record to an unbelievable 43-0.
Is there anyone out there who can beat this man? Anyone at all?
If you were too wrapped up in the world of mixed martial arts to notice Mayweather vs. Cotto, or perhaps just too high and mighty to give the "sweet science" the time of day, you can bring yourself up to speed with highlights and event links after the jump.
Fans of combat sports won't be disappointed.
Rewatch the complete HBO 24/7 video series to see why this bout was such a big deal:
Relive the drama from last Saturday with MMAmania.com's own live results and blow-by-blow coverage for every round of Mayweather vs. Cotto:
A complete breakdown and post-fight analysis of their "Sin City" showdown and why Cotto was far more competitive than previous Mayweather opponents:
Watch highlights from the big fight to see exactly how "Money May" utilized his tuck and roll, counter punching style to once again rule the ring:
The fighting was good but sometimes the spectacle of Mayweather is just as interesting. Such was the case when he trotted out Justin Bieber and WWE superstar Triple H to carry his belts for him:
You don't have to take my word for it that Cotto was Mayweather's toughest test to date. You can hear it from the man himself in his post-fight interview with ESPN:
So if Cotto couldn't get the job done, who can? Of course talk immediately turned to Manny Pacquiao and the fight every fan wants but doesn't believe will ever happen. Mayweather explains why:
Finally, check out a complete photo gallery from not just the Mayweather vs. Cotto fight but the complete HBO PPV main card, as well. That includes Saul Alvarez crushing Shane Mosley: