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Mayweather Vows To Remain Unbeaten

Glax0r's Photo Glax0r 05 May 2012

Mayweather vows to remain unbeaten

He steps up in weight to challenge Miguel Cotto for his 154-pound title tonight in Las Vegas

BY TIM DAHLBERG

LAS VEGAS — Floyd Mayweather Jr. has been doing this all his life, since he was a scrawny kid seeking solace in the gym. The ring is his comfort zone, and he’ll enter it today for the 43rd time as a pro, certain as ever that when the night is through he’ll not only be a lot richer but still unbeaten.

Miguel Cotto is certain of a few things himself. Certain that he has conquered his worst fears in boxing, certain that he can be the first one to conquer Mayweather.

“I don’t need anyone else giving me a chance,” Cotto said. “If I can trust in myself, I don’t need anyone else believing in me.”

Not many are, especially the oddsmakers who make Mayweather a 6-1 favorite. But if any fighter is a live underdog it’s Cotto, a relentless puncher who believes in himself again after finally avenging a beating he took from Antonio Margarito four years ago that left him searching for answers about his chosen profession.

Cotto stopped Margarito in their rematch in December, and will be defending his version of the 154-pound title against a fighter who knows how to promote a big bout almost as well as he knows how to fight one.

“Nobody is invincible in life. I know that because I pass through this point in my life,” Cotto said. “I’m ready for anything Floyd brings me. The question is, is Floyd ready for anything Miguel can bring to him?”

Mayweather has answered that question every time he’s stepped in the ring as a pro, winning all 42 of his fights while becoming the biggest pay-per-view attraction in the sport. If he needs any added incentive to win this fight, it would be that it might make the nights pass easier when he goes to jail June 1 for what is expected to be a two-month sentence for domestic abuse.

There are still questions, though, about why Mayweather doesn’t fight Manny Pacquiao in the fight most boxing fans want, a fight that would be the richest in boxing history.

Mayweather continues to insist he doesn’t need Pacquiao, and he may be right. He gets the biggest cut of the revenues for all his fights, and he’s guaranteed to make at least $32 million for this one, while Cotto will pocket $8 million. Mayweather may not be doing boxing any favors by not giving the sport a desperately needed fight, but he’s doing fine for himself.

Also on the card is a fight between Canelo Alvarez and 40-year-old former champion Shane Mosley. Alvarez, a 21-year-old rising star from Mexico is unbeaten in 40 fights, and will defend his piece of the 154-pound title against Pomona’s Mosley, who has lost two of his last three fights, including a lopsided decision to Pacquiao his last time out.
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9secondko's Photo 9secondko 05 May 2012

And he will keep that vow so long as he keeps fighting guys when they ate shot and avoiding the greats while they're great.

Good one Floyd.

Never saw it coming.
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