• Judges score fight 117-111, 117-111, 118-110
• Miguel Cotto refuses to be interviewed after bout
Who remembers Mayweather vs Victor Ortiz? Let's hope we don't have a finish like that one. Refresh your memory So, is anyone prepared to predict anything other than a Mayweather victory? Inevitably, the first email into my inbox is about timings: david griffiths asks: "hey Steve - what time is kick-off?...the boxing, that is :-)". Luca Massaro asks the same thing on
So, HBO is running some rather astonishing results from its prediction question to viewers: Jessie Vargas vs Steve Forbes is underway. I will be going to round-by-round for Mosley vs Alvarez. There's no doubt that Miguel Cotto is a decent boxer, but he's not really been the same boxer since he was controversially beaten by Antonio Margarito a few years ago. You can see that fight here:
Pacquiao will be fighting again on 9 June against the unbeaten Timothy Bradley. We will be liveblogging again then... Jessie Vargas and Steve Forbes are now into the fourth round, but it's a bit of a dance to be honest.
John Marty Martin Jr Aha, here's someone prepared to stick their neck out. Olga Romero Six rounds down and Vargas and Forbes are still sparring. Vargas is well ahead on points. Shane Mosley is now 40 years old. Indeed, his opponent, WBC junior-middleweight champion Alvarez is the same age, 21, as Mosley's son, Shane Jr.
Kevin Mitchell writes from ringside:
Brendan Lee Thumwood Vargas wins with a unanimous points decision. That was a particularly unengaging contest. Kevin Mitchell writes:
Mosley vs Alvarez is getting the national anthem treatment. Live boxing blogging starting soon. Shane Mosley, 40, and Canelo Alvarez, 21, are heading to the ring. is doing the introductions... Crowd are up for this. Sugar Shane starts the jabbing, stepping forward, A minute in and Alvarez still hasn't thrown a punch. 90 seconds in Alvarez lands a good jab followed by a strong left hand body shot. Crowd chanting Canelo (translates as cinnamon. Canelo is one of those red-haired Mexicans). Guardian unofficial scorecard: Mosley 10-9 Alvarez Alvarez is the counter-puncher, Mosley is the instigator. Mosley doesn't look like he wants to get in close though. When they do get in close Alvarez lands a left hook. But Mosley responds with a left hook of his own. And then Alvarez lands a big left to the body. And then there's some clinching. At the bell Alvarez dances away. he may have done his sizing up now... Guardian unofficial scorecard: Mosley 10-10 Alvarez Mosley makes a wild swing with his right which Alvarez easily ducks under. Alvarez moving closer and landing some strong body shots. Mosley is still jabbing, but Alvarez's jabs look to be making more impact. But Alvarez has a cut - from a butt? Referee stops the fight for a moment, but they're off again. This is the first cut of Alvarez's career. The cut is above his left eye, below the eyebrow. That could be trouble. Replay shows it was an accidental headbutt. Guardian unofficial scorecard: Mosley 9-10 Alvarez If the fight is stopped for the cut - from an accidental butt - the decision will be made on points at the time it is stopped. As long as it's after this round. Alvarez is coming forward more here. And his punches look much the harder. Alvarez not taking any chances and he's not bleeding much Guardian unofficial scorecard: Mosley 9-10 Alvarez They're trading punch for punch, but Mosley's are soft little point-scoring jabs, while Alvarez look like they carry some force. Canelo lands a hard jab that knocks Mosley's head back. Hard. Canelo lands a low blow and the ref gives him a verbal warning. Guardian unofficial scorecard: Mosley 10-10 Alvarez Mosley comes forward, still spotting jabs. Alvarez dances and is starting to throw some combinations. Left-right, one-two from Alvarez. And then a couple of big lefts from Alvarez hit Mosley's body, and then another to the head. Mosley into a corner. Guardian unofficial scorecard: Mosley 9-10 Alvarez Mosley's face is starting to get swollen. Does he really want to go the full 12 rounds? Does he have enough left in his 40-year-old arms for a knock out? The longer this goes on the more likely the younger Mexican is to win. Alvarez trying some bigger punches, some right round-arms. A combination from Alvarez leaves Mosley looking a little non-plussed. Mosley hanging in. Guardian unofficial scorecard: Mosley 9-10 Alvarez Mosley's corner telling him that was his best round. I don't think so. They're also telling him he needs to get it done. They're right there. Mosley coming forward and grappling, which is stopping Alvarez's power punches. Mosley gets Alvarez on the ropes and throws half-a-dozen jabs without reply. But now the Mexican comes back. His shots are undoubtedly stronger. Mosley withstands it. Ref shouts "Watch your head, Shane." I might give that round to the veteran. Just. Guardian unofficial scorecard: Mosley 10-9 Alvarez They get in tight. Alvarez ought to win from here, but how convincing would it be? He needs to do something a bit more impressive. Ref again tells Mosley to watch his head. Finally Canelo throws a couple of big combinations. Mosley looks worn down by those. A big left to the body temporarily stuns Mosley. Guardian unofficial scorecard: Mosley 9-10 Alvarez Mosley's corner telling him that if he has something left then he needs to land a big one. Mosley is slow out of his corner. It's still Alvarez landing the stronger punches. Mosley still standing but his punches aren't hurting his younger opponent. Canelo is bleeding quite hard now. A hard right hand from Alvarez knocks Mosley back. Guardian unofficial scorecard: Mosley 9-10 Alvarez I have a huge backlog of emails and tweets which I will try to get through before the main event... Mosley probably can't win, but he's determined to go to the end. Alvarez is still landing strong punches. Mosley is giving it a go here, a strong right cross lands in Alvarez's face. Then Alvarez lands a strong combination. Mosley almost goes toppling through the ropes as he stumbles. Mosley might be beaten and looks bushed, but he's refusing to be stopped. Old fighters never die. Or something. Guardian unofficial scorecard: Mosley 9-10 Alvarez Standing ovation for the pair as they come out again. Some of them might think they are saying goodbye to Shane Mosley's boxing career. Some clinching, some jabbing. Mosley throws a haymaker in a desperate bid for a late knockout: it gets nowhere near. Alvarez has slowed as this fight has gone on. But now they both throw some desperate attempts to land a last-round KO. Neither look like managing it. And it's over. There's an embrace and some respect. Guardian unofficial scorecard: Mosley 9-10 Alvarez Alvarez by unanimous points decision... Alvarez says: "It was a great experience. Thank you to Mosley for giving me his experience." Mosely is smiling, looking cheerfully resigned. "These kids are really beating me up, eh?" Kevin Mitchell writes:
The judges' scorecards for that one were: 119-109, 118-110, 119-109 So, here's a bunch of your thoughts:
Here comes Floyd Mayweather - who, shortly after this fight will be spending the summer in a Vegas jail - wearing some kind of red and white leather jacket, with studs on the shoulders. A sort of vicious looking Santa. Cotto arrives wearing a robe covered in more advertising than a Formula One driver. With hsi son in front of him. Mr King-C tweets: "@Busfield your prediction for the may-cotto fight?" Let's Get Ready To Rumble...
Chris Harper emails: "No thoughts on fucking Justin Bieber carrying the damn belt???" There's a surge of emails in my inbox pleading for Cotto to win.... the bell has rung... Cotto is wearing some strange pink socks. They're wearing 10-pound gloves. Those are big. They've both jabbing. And now they're tangling. Mayweather uses that left arm to hold Cotto's right down. Cotto is the one going forward more. But Mayweather is landing more punches. Just Guardian unofficial scorecard: Mayweather 10-9 Cotto Mayweather's jab is the more effective. Cotto picks Mayweather up and for a second looks like he will lift his opponent out of the ring. he apologises afterwards. When Cotto comes in close, Mayweather is wrapping him up. Cotto pushes Mayweather into the corner and lands a few. Cotto is landing more jabs in this round. Mayweather spent most of that round on the ropes. But at least not over them Guardian unofficial scorecard: Mayweather 9-10 Cotto Cotto starts off jabbing. The crowd are chanting "Cotto! Cotto! Cotto!" Cotto goes to the body and Mayweather counters with a strong right. Mayweather rolling through most of Cotto's punches with his high left shoulder. Cotto finally lands a jab onto Mayweather's chin. Another left hand jab by Cotto lands on Mayweather's chin. And then there's some more grappling. 50 Cent in the crowd seems to be having fun. Guardian unofficial scorecard: Mayweather 10-9 Cotto Mayweather keeps his eyes fixed on Cotto. And now Mayweather comes forward and his right hand connects several times. All body shots. Less grappling in this round as they spar around the middle of the ring. Until Cotto gets Mayweather into the corner and his left jab scores. This is a much more convincing performance from Cotto than his last outing. Mayweather's nose is bleeding a little but he still landed more punches there. Mainly because he slips away from Cotto's shots. Guardian unofficial scorecard: Mayweather 10-9 Cotto Craig emails: "Mayweather's the perfect defensive fighter. And cotto's explosive......seems to play into floyd's style. But I'v always thought cotto's the one man that would have a chance of knocking floyd out. Granted he can get close enough." I agree with much of that. Cotto wants to land some big punches, but Mayweather rolls away from them. Even when he spends most of the first minute of this round in the corner. Mayweather throws plenty of punches even when in the corner. Cotto's punches still mostly striking or glancing off Mayweather's shoulder. Cotto lands a strong left to Mayweather's face. They're trading shots.Guardian unofficial scorecard: Mayweather 10-10 Cotto They're spending more time in the middle of the ring. It's Mayweather coming forward again, but Cotto is rolling away from his punches. A 1-2-3-4 form Cotto to Mayweather's body. Mayweather throws his own 2-3 combo. But they're not all landing. And then they grapple and Mayweather stops Cotto from throwing any punches. At the end of the round Mayweather lands a combo. And he's still bleeding from the nose Guardian unofficial scorecard: Mayweather 10-9 Cotto Cotto in black shorts, pink socks and many, many tattoos, gets Mayweather onto the rope. And Cotto is landing some of these body shorts. Cotto's left uppercut is landing. They come away from the ropes and lean against each other. Cotto throws another left-right-left combo. Mayweather looks a bit shocked in the corner as Cotto lands more combos. Mayweather shakes his head at Cotto. But what is he trying to say? His nose is bleeding pretty badly. Guardian unofficial scorecard: Mayweather 9-10 Cotto Mayweather back to the ropes again but Cotto doesn't land anything significant. And then there's some grappling in the middle of the ring. Cotto has stopped Mayweather's scoring punches in this round, but neither is he landing much. And back to the grappling. Mayweather throwing more punches, looking as if he realises that he needs to go on the offensive. This is a lot closer than he was expecting.Guardian unofficial scorecard: Mayweather 10-10 Cotto They grapple and neither can land any scoring punches. Cotto is looking a little tired. He was coming on strong in rounds 6/7/8 but he's not following through as much now. Mayweather lands good left jabs. And then Cotto comes back at the end of the road with a pair of combinations. Guardian unofficial scorecard: Mayweather 10-10 Cotto I bet both boxers think they're winning now. Mayweather still seems to be the one landing better punches, but Cotto is throwing more. Many of those deflect off Mayweather's shoulder. Will be interesting to see how the judges score this. Whatever happens I'm certain some will be upset. Which would be a pity because this is a good fight. Mayweather is back in the corner. But even when he's there, he still seems to land more punches. Cotto is doing a good job of avoiding Mayweather's punches now. But it is Mayweather who is throwing more.Guardian unofficial scorecard: Mayweather 10-9 Cotto Cotto's corner tell him this is the deciding round. Is it? I think Mayweather has done enough. Just. Now the pair of them are talking. And now Mayweather throws a flurry of punches in the middle of the ring. There's some wrestling and grappling and then Mayweather lands a big right, and then an uppercut that hurst Cotto. Another Mayweather uppercut hurts Cotto. For a second he looks as if he might finish it off, but Cotto recovers. Now Mayweather dances away and plays it safe. And then there's another flurry. A big hug between the two. And a big smile from Mayweather. Guardian unofficial scorecard: Mayweather 10-9 Cotto HBO scores it 117-111 to Mayweather. i think it might be closer than that. And, of course, it depends on how the judges were scoring the flurries of Cotto punches. How many landed? How many of them scored? 117-111, 117-111, 118-110. Mayweather wins! A muted response from the crowd. The HBO punch count has Mayweather well ahead. The new champion is being interviewed by Larry Merchant who says that Floyd apologised to him for their contretemps after the last fight. Stacy Richardson says: "Interesting scoring. Judges seem never to give 10+10 rounds, though it seems to me every fight has at least one or two of 'em." Cotto has disappeared to his room. A quick recount of my scorecard was 118-114. Perhaps there were too many 10-10 rounds. But Mayweather had a decisive edge. Thank you for your many, many, many emails and tweets. Just too many to include in the blog. So apologies if I didn't have time for yours.