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Monday, Feb. 27, 2012 | 2 p.m.
Tickets for Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s May 5 boxing match against Miguel Cotto at the MGM Grand Garden Arena go on sale at 10 a.m. Tuesday.
The 12-round fight is for Cotto’s WBA Super welterweight title — a matchup the undefeated Mayweather (42-0, 26 KOs), who is a seven-time, five-division world champion, had to settle for after negotiations with fellow superstar Manny Pacquiao for a megafight fell through yet again.
Mayweather still faces an 87-day jail sentence after a plea deal on domestic violence charges related to a 2010 incident with the mother of three of his children. The sentence was delayed in a controversial decision so Mayweather could fight in May. Also, the Nevada State Athletic Commission needed to vote on granting him a one-fight license.
While the 31-year-old Cotto (37-2, 30 KOs) is a three-division world champion and more than respectable fighter, it’s not the fight fans wanted to see. That would have been against the eight-time champ Pacquiao (54-3-2, 38 KOs), who instead is fighting June 9 at the MGM against Timothy Bradley Jr. for the WBO welterweight crown.
“I have always been an underdog all of my life,” Bradley said in a statement. “But I know how to win. I talk winning. I go into the ring and win. Manny Pacquiao is the world’s greatest fighter. After I win, the rematch will be in November.”
Tickets went on sale last Friday for the Pacquiao-Bradley fight and are priced at $1,200, $900, $600, $400, and $200, with a 10-per-person limit. Tickets are available on both the Ticketmaster and MGM websites.