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February 1, 2012 - Paul Edgar
Well, fight fans, we're not going to get the matchup we all want to see, but we've got two pretty good ones in its place. On Wednesday, it was announced the Floyd Mayweather Jr. will take on Miguel Cotto on May 5 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. It isn't the bout we've all been waiting before between Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao, but it is an interesting one. Mayweather might get a real challenge from the tough, gritty, yet also very skilled boxer in Cotto. Mayweather will have to jump up a weight class to challenge for Cotto's junior middleweight title (154 pounds). Mayweather (42-0, 26 KOs) had his only other fight at 154 pounds in 2007 against Oscar De La Hoya. The fight will be a pay-per-view bout, but the TV network has not yet been announced. Cotto, at 31, is four years Mayweather's junior, and has proven to be a very skilled boxer who can punch. I'm not saying Mayweather is going to lose, but he could get a real test. On the Pacquiao front, there has been no formal announcement, but talks are progressing with Timothy Bradley for a date Pacquiao already has set of June 9, also at the MGM Grand. Bradley (28-0, 12 KOs) would move up from junior welterweight to challenge for Pacquiao's version of the 147-pound crown. Bradley isn't a big name in the boxing world as of yet, despite his undefeated record. He could give Pacquiao some trouble as Cotto could with Mayweather. Bradley is in his prime, has tremendous speed and has already faced quality opposition. It isn't what we wanted, but we'll take what we can get. Until next time, I'm throwing in the towel.
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