Location: MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Judge: Robert Hoyle 118-110
Judge: Patricia Morse Jarman 117-111
Judge: Dave Moretti 117-111
World Boxing Association Super World Light Middleweight Title (3rd defense by Cotto)
World Boxing Council Diamond Light Middleweight Title (vacant)
Promoters: Mayweather Promotions, Golden Boy Promotions
Broadcast: HBO Pay-Per-View "Ring Kings" (Main Event)
Referee: Tony Weeks
- For the month of May 2012, the queries 'mayweather vs cotto' and 'mayweather' represented the third and fourth highest trending sports searches in Google worldwide.
- Mayweather entered as the # 2 pound-for-pound fighter in the world and the # 2 welterweight according to The Ring Magazine. Cotto, a 4.5/1 betting underdog, was ranked as the # 1 junior middleweight by the same publication.
- For Mayweather, it was only the second time in his professional career he had fought at the 154 pound limit. In his previous bout at 154, which was five years to the day earlier, he earned a split-decision over Oscar De La Hoya for the WBC Light Middleweight Title. it was Cotto's fourth fight at 154 lbs.
- The purse for the bout was split 65/35 in favor of Mayweather who received a guaranteed $32 million.
- The Mayweather vs Cotto fight card, which generated 1.5 million pay-per-view (PPV) buys and a whopping $94 Million USD, was seemingly an all-around success.
- Less than a month after the fight, on June 1, Mayweather was due to report for an 87-day sentence at the Clark County Detention Center in Las Vegas for a reduced domestic violence charge and no contest to two harassment charges. The case stemmed from a hair-pulling, punching and arm-twisting argument with his ex-girlfriend Josie Harris while two of their children watched in September 2010.