Mayweather-Cotto card officially set; 24/7 preview
Junior middleweight Deandre Latimore will engage in a clash of southpaws with former welterweight titleholder Carlos Quintana as part of an already stacked undercard to the HBO Pay Per View-televised main event featuring Floyd Mayweather Jr. against Miguel Cotto on May 5 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
The full card was officially announced on Monday by Golden Boy Promotions.
In his last fight in February, Latimore (23-3, 17 knockouts) rose from knockdowns in the ninth and 10th rounds to salvage a majority decision over late replacement Milton Nunez, of Colombia, for his third straight victory in a Showtime-televised bout.
Quintana (28-3, 22 KOs) is one of two men to have vanquished Paul Williams, doing so by unanimous decision in February of 2008 before being knocked out in the first round of their return bout in June of that same year.
Quintana’s ninth-round stoppage win over Yoryi Estrella in February helped him to bounce back from an eighth-round knockout loss to Andre Berto in April of 2010.
Mayweather (42-0, 26 KOs) is pursuing his eighth belt over five weight divisions against Cotto (37-2, 30 KOs), and, in the co-feature, WBC junior middleweight beltholder Saul Alvarez (39-0-1, 29 KOs) will defend his belt opposite ex-titleholder Shane Mosley (46-7-1, 39KOs).
Also on the card is junior welterweight prospect Jessie Vargas (18-0, 10 KOs) against Alfonso Gomez (23-5-2, 12 KOs), the latter of whom is coming off September’s contentious sixth-round knockout loss to Alvarez after having given Alvarez some problems with his early pressure.
24/7 MAYWEATHER-COTTO FIRST LOOK: FLOYD MAYWEATHER
“When Floyd Mayweather is on 24/7, it’s ‘you must watch T.V.’ You just don’t never know what you’re going to see. We’ve got so many different characters in our camp,” said Mayweather. “The only thing that it’s about is excitement. That’s what we bring to the table. It’s ‘you must watch T.V.'”
Mayweather’s uncle and trainer, Roger Mayweather, said the fighter looks to be in the prime of his career, even though he turned 35 in February.
“I ain’t never seen Floyd look this sharp. To be honest. I’m not just saying that,” said Roger Mayweather. “I have never seen Floyd look as sharp as he looks right now. I think that this is one of the best training camps that he’s ever had.”
MAYWEATHER-COTTO ON BIG SCREEN
The Mayweather-Cotto card will be broadcast live in high definition to nearly 440 movie theaters nationwide from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Tickets for the broadcasts are available at participating theater box offices and online at www.FathomEvents.com.
For a complete list of theater locations and prices, visit the NCM Fathom website. Theaters and participants are subject to change.
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