LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 05: (L) Singer Justin Bieber holds up a belt for Floyd Mayweather Jr. before Mayweather Jr. takes on Miguel Cotto during their WBA super welterweight title fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 5, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
Floyd Mayweather was pushed harder than he has been since 2002 in his HBO pay-per-view event when he faced Miguel Cotto. Cotto was able to push Floyd into the ropes repeatedly in the fight, landing to the body and eventually to the head, even drawing blood from the usually untouchable "Money."
Mayweather was able to get off with hard right hands and uppercuts though. That was enough in the eyes of the judges to win him the vast majority of the rounds as he took the judges scores at 117-111, 118-110 and 117-111. But the official scores don't show how competitive the fight really was.
Floyd was never fully comfortable in the fight, being forced to fight off his back foot and off the ropes. He still had the incredible technique to win rounds while out of position, even managing to use his patented shoulder roll to avoid many of the punches that had the crowd reacting as though Cotto was dominating.
It was a great fight though, and one that I'll have much more to say about in the coming day.