Floyd Mayweather talks a lot of trash. That is what most people can tell you about Floyd if they can’t tell you anything else at all. He has a ton of money, that's all he talks about, and he is a cocky SOB. Upon closer inspection however, you won’t find a more dedicated or harder working individual in the sport of boxing. Floyd is no fool; fools don't dominate the sport of boxing for 16 years without a blemish. Fools don't accumulate a fortune without doing something right. What's truly amazing about Floyd is the fact that underneath the cash and the clothes, behind the bravado and the unprovoked insults targeted at fighters outside the ring, you will find the heart of a warrior.
Floyd was tested on Saturday by a game Miguel Cotto. For the first time since his bout against Oscar De La Hoya in 2007 we saw a Floyd that was not completely in control of a fight during the middle rounds. Normally by the 3rd or 4th round Floyd is not only in control, he is completely dominating his opponent. Miguel hung tough and he did not fade until late in the championship rounds. We saw Mayweather bloodied and a little bruised which is far more than anyone has seen in years, but the undefeated pound for pound champion never appeared shaken in the ring.
Floyd continued to battle, and he stuck to his game plan. Maybe he expected the war inside the ring, I know I didn’t. I knew Cotto had knock out power in both hands but I didn’t expect him to put as much pressure on Floyd as he managed, and I was impressed of the account he gave of himself. For the first time since De La Hoya, we saw a fighter actually force Floyd to FIGHT! Cotto wasn't overwhelmed by Floyd's clear athletic advantage, he fought his fight and he made Mayweather work his tale off for everything he got in the ring that night. Watching a relatively close fight after so many blowouts was an unexpected surprise.
When faced with adversity true champions dig deep, we saw that out of Miguel and Floyd, unfortunately for Cotto he was in the ring with a living legend. Floyd can beat you with his talent easily, we know now that he can also out heart a fighter and when the ugly ones as well. I'm convinced now that only time will defeat Floyd as long as he is fighting..