By Jose M. Romero
For Fox Deportes
LAS VEGAS – The only thing that can stop Floyd Mayweather, it seems, is the law.
Try as he might Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden. Miguel Cotto couldn’t get the job done. Cotto needed a decisive win if not a knockout to sway the judges, and he got neither.
Mayweather won a unanimous decision, picked up another super welterweight championship to add to his undefeated 43-0 record and belt collection, and on June 1 he’ll be off to jail to serve a sentence for domestic violence and harassment violations of the law
It wasn’t as simple as that. Cotto made Mayweather earn the victory, absorbing a number of combinations and even a bloody bridge of the nose. But Mayweather, known for his ability to keep opponents from landing the big blows while dishing out his share of punishment, did just that.
“We gave the fans what they wanted to see. I knew this guy wasn’t going to lay down,” Mayweather said. “He fought his (expletive) off and I commend him. But I was built for this. I was born for this day.”
By this day, he could have been talking about Cinco de Mayo. Mayweather is 2-0 on the holiday, with a win over Oscar de la Hoya five years ago plus Saturday’s win over Cotto.
Sure enough, Mayweather got into the history of Cinco de Mayo and paid tribute to his Latino fans. “Cinco de Mayo is my date,” he said.
Mayweather was bloodied, but smiled and shook his head in the ring as if to say it was nothing. He made sure Cotto felt his power, too, rocking the Puerto Rican with an uppercut in the 12th round that buckled Cotto.
The punches that worked for Mayweather, he said, were the right hook and the right upper cut, which he saw in watching fights involving Cotto against Zab Judah and Shane Mosley.
Mayweather, with swelling under both of his eyes, admitted that he’s used to coming out of a fight with no bumps and bruises, but that he left Saturday’s action with a few. Still he said Cotto never hurt him.
“Cotto shocked me,” Mayweather said.
When it over and the Money Team was the one celebrating in the ring in front of 16,047 fans – and later on the stage in the post-fight press conference — Mayweather proclaimed he’d like to give the fans what they want and schedule a fight with Manny Pacquiao that is sure to set pay-per-view and guaranteed money records.
“I’m just tired of the people being fooled,” Mayweather said. “Bob Arum (Pacquiao’s promoter) is not going to make this fight happen. It’s not on me…. I’m trying.”
Cotto was not made available for post-fight comments; it was announced he had to go to the hospital after the fight.
Mayweather ended his evening not ruling out retirement, but also said he hopes he can fight perhaps even later this year.