Mayweather to fight Cotto on May 5
Mayweather who had his 90-day jail term pushed back till June 1 so he could fulfil a commitment to fight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on May 5, was reinstated a license to box in the state at a hearing today.
It is a fight that has been on the cards since the fighters trained together at the Top Rank Gym when they were both still promoted by Bob Arum and was only made possible once Cotto became a free agent at the turn of the year.
With Mayweather having called out Manny Pacquiao to no avail, the announcement of Cotto as his next opponent will most certainly clear the way for the Filipino superstar take on WBO light-welterweight titleholder Tim Bradley in his next outing.
Whether Mayweather will go up to fight Cotto at the 154-pound limit or the pair will meet at a catchweight has yet to be confirmed but the fight is sure to be welcomed by boxing pundits and fans alike who have always called for the contest.
The Puerto Rican fighter took to Twitter to also confirm the fight as news of Mayweather’s license application spread across the social network. Cotto tweeted, ‘I'm back in the ring on May 5 and I will beat him.’