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May 5, 2012 | Bill Dwyre
LAS VEGAS -- At the final bell , they hugged and patted each other on the sides of the same heads they had spent an hour beating on. They were two tough fighters, not even knowing what the judges would rule, but each satisfied with an incredible effort Saturday night. This was the controversial Floyd Mayweather Jr. versus the resurgent and tough-as-nails Miguel Cotto. And when the decision was announced, the boos rang down. Mayweather had been given a surprisingly one-sided unanimous decision.
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May 5, 2012 | By Lance Pugmire
LAS VEGAS -- Floyd Mayweather Jr.improved to 43-0 with a unanimous decision over Puerto Rico's Miguel Cotto (37-3) on Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mayweather, who is 35 and facing a June 1 jail sentence on a domestic violence case, remains in line for a super-fight against Manny Pacquiao after serving his time. Cotto was trying to revitalize himself following the hard-handed loss to Antonio Margarito in 2008, a knockout loss to Pacquiao in 2009 and the death of his father, Miguel Sr., in 2010.
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May 4, 2012 | Bill Dwyre
LAS VEGAS — A big mistake while pondering Floyd Mayweather Jr. is to try to make sense of him. His unpredictability is his only certainty. It is well before noon Friday at the MGM Grand. This is not so much a resort and casino as it is a massive enclosed labyrinth of contrasts. Under the same roof, yet miles apart, unemployed dads lose the rent money to slot machines while Mayweather generates a throng of worshippers that symbolizes why he will increase his already hefty bank account by about $32 million.
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May 4, 2012 | By Lance Pugmire
LAS VEGAS -- The tranquility between Floyd Mayweather Jr.and Miguel Cotto ended Friday, when the pair exchanged heated words on the weigh-in stage followed by a backstage dispute that will force Mayweather to fight in a backup pair of gloves. Mayweather (42-0, 26 knockouts) weighed in at 151 pounds for Saturday night's World Boxing Assn. super-welterweight fight  against champion Cotto (37-2, 30 KOs), who weighed the limit 154. As the pair were posed for a face-off inside the MGM Grand Garden Arena, Mayweather smacked chewing gum in the face of the stoic Puerto Rican, then told his foe, "When you face Floyd Mayweather, you face the best.
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May 3, 2012 | By Lance Pugmire
LAS VEGAS — The antidote to Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s brash methods of remaining unbeaten might be stored away in a champion who doesn't talk very much. Miguel Cotto, Mayweather's Saturday night opponent in a World Boxing Assn. super-welterweight title fight at MGM Grand Garden Arena, has lost to only two men. The first was Antonio Margarito, who one fight later had plaster-caked inserts confiscated from inside his hand wraps. Fifteen months later, Cotto, after basically training himself, lost to Manny Pacquiao by 12th-round technical knockout.
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May 3, 2012 | By Floyd Mayweather Jr
HBO has run a series of blog posts from Floyd Mayweather in advance of his upcoming fight with Miguel Cotto. In this post, which HBO has shared with The Times, Mayweather responds to the question: What is Cotto's most dangerous attribute as a fighter and does he have a fighting chance against you on May 5? As I've said before, in order to be the best you have to beat the best and that is what Miguel Cotto has to do on May 5. He has to beat me.  Cotto is always dangerous in the ring.
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May 2, 2012 | By Lance Pugmire
LAS VEGAS -- The theory all along among those trying to read  Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s mind was that he'd spotted some flaws in Miguel Cotto before deciding to fight him -- at 154 pounds, no less. Mayweather (42-0, 26 knockouts) is  an astute student of his craft whose choices of recent foes Shane Mosley and Victor Ortiz has revealed what the 35-year-old veteran with five weight-class world titles was thinking. Mosley was getting too old. Ortiz was too undisciplined. As for World Boxing Assn.
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May 1, 2012 | By Lance Pugmire
LAS VEGAS — The volatility that defines Floyd Mayweather Jr. is rooted partly in the complex relationship with his father. Floyd Mayweather Sr.'s boxing lessons helped propel his son to unimaginable riches. The younger Mayweather gets another huge payday Saturday for his title bout against 154-pound champion Miguel Cotto of Puerto Rico at MGM Grand in Las Vegas. But there's tragedy in the familial connection, too, of lessons outside the ring that were left for the son to learn painfully on his own. On June 1, Mayweather Jr., 35, is scheduled to report to Clark County (Nev.)
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May 1, 2012 | By Lance Pugmire
There will be a rematch. At the end of Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s controversial, borderline-sucker-punch victory over Victor Ortiz in September, HBO boxing analyst Larry Merchant's post-fight interview with Mayweather took a personal turn. Mayweather accused Merchant of never giving him a break, and said angrily that HBO should fire the now 81-year-old, to which Merchant replied, "If I was 50 years younger, I'd kick your [rear]. " When Mayweather returns to the ring Saturday at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas against world super-welterweight champion Miguel Cotto, Merchant will help call the action, and has been assigned to post-fight interview duty even though the sport's top power broker has said he doesn't want to talk to the man. Are you surprised you got this assignment given HBO's reputation for catering to the wishes of Mayweather and his team?
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April 25, 2012 | Bill Dwyre
LAS VEGAS — The two prime ribs of boxing, Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao, continue to create their sizzle separately. Their fight of the century, any century, seems to be going the way of the Edsel and the eight-track tape. Passage of time doesn't heal all, but it sure does dull things. It is Mayweather's time now. Boxing is nothing if not a huge attention grab, and Mayweather is in the center ring of the circus he so deeply loves. He will fight Miguel Cotto at the MGM Grand here May 5, and that correctly has the current spotlight.
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