Floyd Mayweather remained undefeated after defeating 154-pound champion Miguel Cotto in an entertaining pay-per-view fight Saturday night.
Mayweather won a hard-fought 12-round unanimous decision over the game Cotto, who bloodied Mayweather's nose and fought him toe-to-toe for much of the fight, but was unable to outpoint Mayweather. The fight was the first major PPV boxing event of the year, and industry observers believe the event will easily surpass the 1 million PPV buy mark, although official numbers from fight promoter Golden Boy Promotions and event distributor HBO Sports may not be available for several weeks.
If the fight does deliver 1 million buys, it will be the Mayweather's fourth straight bout to surpass the mark. Mayweather's last fight against Victor Ortiz in September drew 1.25 million buys and garnered $78 million in PPV revenue - a record for a non-heavyweight PPV fight, according offcials from Golden Boy Promotions.
The PPV boxing category will now focus its attention on the June 9 Manny Pacquiao-Timothy Bradley Jr. fight, with the hopes that a Pacquiao win could finally set up a mega Pacquiao-Mayweather bout this fall or early spring. Mayweather told HBO PPV announcers after the Cotto fight that he wants to fight Pacquiao, but only if he submits to Olympic-style drug testing, which Pacquiao has so far refused to do.
Mayweather first has to sever a 90-day jail sentence, beginning in June, after being sentenced for assaulting a former girlfriend.