Saturday, November 18, 2017
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Floyd's future not Pacquiao

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LAS VEGAS — Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s bloodied nose, courtesy of Miguel Cotto, was not yet a memory when he addressed the boxing part of his future that everyone wants to hear about: What's the deal with Manny Pacquiao?

"The Pacquiao-Mayweather fight is not going to happen," Mayweather said. "It's not my fault."

Mayweather is suspicious of Pacquiao — he believes the opponent the public is clamoring for used steroids; he has no proof of that — and he is unwilling to take equal money or deal with promoter Bob Arum in setting up the surefire megabout.

After making a minimum of $32 million in scoring a 117-111, 117-111, 118-110 victory over Cotto late Saturday, Mayweather has three months of jail time coming up in June for a domestic abuse charge, so he will have more time to reflect on his future.

"I don't know where we're going to go from here because we basically have fought everybody in this sport," said Mayweather (43-0), who hinted he could retire at 35. "I don't have to fight if I don't want to."

But Saturday night, he found himself in a real battle against an opponent with no quit. In the fifth round, Cotto (37-3) landed a direct left hand square on Mayweather's nose. More telling was what happened next. As Mayweather wiped the blood with a glove, he smiled. He seemed to draw energy and took over in the later rounds.

"You're the toughest guy I ever fought," Mayweather told Cotto after.

Mayweather dominated late, rocking Cotto in the 12th to add the WBA super welterweight belt and the vacant WBC title to his collection. Both fighters paid a price. Cotto went to a hospital for an exam instead of to a postfight news conference.

"The fans were happy," Mayweather said. "It's about impressing fans and giving them what they want to see."

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