24/7 Floyd Mayweather - Miguel Cotto: Can the past be a glimpse into the future?Written by Joseph Herron
Meher Baba once said, "True humility is strength, not weakness. It disarms antagonism and ultimately conquers it."
If the poignant words of this spiritual mentor are correct, then one thing we learned from watching the first installment of "24/7 Mayweather-Cotto" is that three division champion Miguel Cotto is a very strong and dangerous man indeed.
The segments involving the Puerto Rican fighter were very heart-warming. The always humble Miguel Cotto was shown during the broadcast either enjoying the company of his wife and three children, or working with lead trainer Pedro Diaz diligently and seemingly focused on the task at hand.
But according to most fight scribes, Miguel Cotto's task on May 5th will be an almost insurmountable one.
During the telecast, head trainer Roger Mayweather said it best: "I don't know what Cotto got, really...but we'll find out, because he's fighting the best fighter in the world."
He most certainly is.
On paper, the silent assassin from Caguas could very well be the most formidable and accredited challenger to Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s unbeaten streak since the dawning of the HBO promotional series...since "Money May" faced boxing's "Golden Boy", Oscar De la Hoya.
On May 5th, 2007, Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Oscar gave the boxing public the incongruously named "Fight of the Millennium", which was the highest grossing bout in the history of the sport and Mayweather's most competitive contest to date...according to the judges' scorecards.
Floyd Mayweather Jr scored the only split decision verdict of his entire career. The three judges at ringside scored the bout 116-112, 115-113 in favor of the always boisterous braggadocio Floyd Jr. while the third favored Oscar De La Hoya 113-115.
Although the "Fight of the Millennium" was a monetary giant, grossing around $120 million in PPV revenue through more than 2.7 million households, it was a critical flop. The bout that was billed to revive the sport of boxing was perceived to be uneventful by most casual observers and sports fans.
The defensive contest was viewed as more of a death knell than a revival by most members of the mainstream sports media.
Unfortunately for boxing, the only potential match-up in the sport today that could generate similar or exceed the kind of proceeds amassed by the "Goldie/May flounder of the Millennium" will more than likely never happen, according to most.
Since 2007, Floyd's stock in the industry has risen and the luster of the once heralded "24/7" promotional tool has dimmed. Through the monotony of several different episodes, which have featured Floyd and a handful of various opponents, the boxing world has grown weary of the HBO series.
Even though most casual viewers have seen these "dramatic" storylines played out before, several items on the premier episode of the May/Cotto promotion have been a refreshing change.
For the first time since the inaugural 24/7 special, which aired five years ago, Floyd Mayweather will be preparing for another hard puncher in the 154 pound weight division. Like the De La Hoya match-up, a fight with Miguel Cotto has been highly anticipated by millions of fans around the world.
Most boxing scribes and critics have been clamoring for this pairing since 2005. Although both men are in a heavier weight class than originally envisioned, this is still a fight which could attract the imagination of the mainstream sports fan.
But unlike Floyd's previous stint on Cinco de Mayo in 2007, he will be facing a very effective aggressor who has spent a good majority of his fights cutting off the ring when defeating his opposition.
Many ringside experts believe the only style to potentially offer the undefeated pound for pound fighter any problems throughout a fight would be one based on effective aggression and inside fighting proficiency. Just one of the many reasons why most fight fans have been waiting for years to see a super bout between the pound for pound fighter and the current WBA Junior Middleweight Champion.
But since losing to Manny Pacquiao in November of 2009, and moving up to a larger weight division, Miguel Cotto has adopted the role of boxer/puncher out of necessity. By facing larger and stronger men, the Puerto Rican fighter has had to make improvements in his footwork and become more of a tactical fighter who can use the entire ring while fighting intelligently.
On the first installment of "Mayweather-Cotto 24/7", the current 154 pound champion gave his feelings concerning his position as the underdog going into this very important contest versus Floyd Mayweather Jr.
"I think he believes that Cotto is in the last chapter of his career," stated the three division warrior from Puerto Rico. "He's never faced a guy like Miguel Cotto. He is going to see and feel it on May 5th."
Will Mayweather experience his toughest test in the ring since almost dropping a decision to Oscar de la Hoya on May 5th, 2007? Can the undefeated fighter be beaten by Miguel Cotto on Cinco de Mayo?
Cotto's trainer Pedro Diaz concluded the first episode of "24/7" with a brilliant quote that sums up the reality of any big fight.
"Everything in life has its moment. I've said it once, and I'll say it here...Invincible men only exist in the movies."
That's why they fight the fights...any man can be defeated in the squared circle.