Mayweather Vs Cotto 2012
Published: May 5, 2012
Mayweather Vs Cotto 2012, The current estimated jackpot for the Powerball jackpot this past week was $37.5 million dollars, a truly life changing amount of money. It’s also an amount of money that is well below what Floyd “Money” Mayweather will take home from tonight’s HBO pay-per-view bout against Miguel Cotto. As we reported yesterday, Floyd will be taking home a cool thirty-two million dollars as his guaranteed purse, but that’s before taking home a slice of every PPV buy, t-shirt, hot dog, beer…etc.
It’s tempting for the logical side of one’s brain to kick in and ask if that’s too much money for one man to make off a single night’s work. Of course, it’s unfair to Floyd (or any boxer) to ignore the work that comes before that “single night of work.” The paydays he gets now, as the best fighter on the planet, are a culmination of a life’s work. A brilliant amateur career that should have culminated with an Olympic gold medal (robbed from Floyd by awful judges) came on the back of a hellish youth for Mayweather. Floyd was raised in the worst part of Grand Rapids, Michigan, dedicating himself even harder to his craft as his father landed in jail for selling drugs.
Every moment of Floyd’s life and career has led him to the point he’ll be at tonight, undefeated at 42-0 and the best boxer on the planet. The only American fighter capable of creating the buzz and attention for a boxing fight, $32 million may be an underpayment for his importance to the sport in it’s current state. To treat it as though Floyd will show up in the ring after lounging on his couch since his bizarre clash with the unhinged Victor Ortiz is to ignore everything that makes Floyd, Floyd.
At 35-years-old, Mayweather isn’t quite as fleet of foot as he once was but remains as dedicated to his training as ever. He has traded footwork for increased shoulder-rolls and an improved willingness to stand (still nearly impossible to hit clearly) in front of his foe, picking the perfect spot to unleash his straight right hand. Floyd utilizes that weapon the way a 14 year-old abuses a broken, unstoppable play on the latest edition of the Madden franchise. His opponents know the punch will come, they prepare for it, but it happens and it lands with such speed as to leave his foe unable to respond with a return shot.
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