Floyd Mayweather Jr. won a unanimous decision as he challenged for the 154-pound title owned by his opponent Miguel Cotto.
Mayweather, undefeated in 43 fights, added the World Boxing Association super welterweight belt to his list of accomplishments after the 12-round bout. Cotto, who drew blood when he connected with Mayweather’s nose, fell to 37-3 at the MGM Grand arena in Las Vegas.
“You’re a hell of a champion,” Mayweather told Cotto after the fight. “You’re the toughest guy I ever fought.”
Mayweather was guaranteed a record $32 million for the fight, while Cotto earned $8 million. Each fighter got a share of the pay-per-view receipts.
Mayweather landed 179 of 687 punches compared with 105 of 506 by Cotto.
“He’s a tough competitor,” Mayweather said. “He came to fight, he didn’t just come to survive. I dug down and fought him back.”
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