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Mayweather set for new challenge

SET TO FIGHT AGAIN: Floyd Mayweather

FLOYD MAYWEATHER'S blockbuster showdown against Miguel Cotto on May 5 is set to be the one of the biggest fights of the year from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas between two superstars of the sport.

Mayweather, regarded as the world’s best pound-for-pound fighter, faces a dangerous challenger in his 20th world title fight and puts his 42-fight unbeaten record on the line when he steps up to challenge for Cotto’s WBA world light-middleweight title.

The five-weight and eight-time world champion, who last defeated Victor Ortiz in a controversial fight, has beaten some of the sport’s biggest names in Oscar De La Hoya, Juan Manuel Marques, Ricky Hatton and Shane Mosley, but Cotto will be his toughest fight to date.

Mayweather said: "Miguel Cotto is a world-class fighter who can never be taken for granted and continues to prove he is one of the best in boxing. It will be a challenge for me to compete with him at this weight, but this is the type of test I thrive on and gives me the motivation to train even harder. I have no doubt in my mind that my title belt collection will increase once again and Cotto's reign as champion will come to an end on May 5."

Puerto Rican puncher Cotto, a three-weight and four-time world champion, makes the third defence of his title and aims to be the first man in over 15 years’ to beat Mayweather.

He won the title in 2010 with a ninth round stoppage of Yuri Foreman and has made two defences; a sensational twelfth round stoppage of Ricardo Mayora last March and then he avenged his loss to rival Antonio Margarito last December which was televised live on BoxNation.

Cotto said: "I've never ducked anyone or any challenge in front of me. I have accepted everything to give the fans what they like, great and exciting fights.

“That is what the sport of boxing is all about, making the fights that the fans want and deserve to see. On May 5, stay tuned, because I will convincingly beat Floyd Mayweather."

The big fight will be shown live on BoxNation TV. For just £10 per month To subscribe to BoxNation simply go to www.boxnation.tv and hit the “Subscribe Now” button and choose your subscription package.

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