The Nevada State Athletic Commission voted 5-0 to grant Floyd Mayweather Jr. a one-fight license to face Miguel Cotto on May 5 at MGM Grand.
Mayweather, who must report to the Clark Count Detention Center on June 1 to serve an 87-day jail sentence for a plea deal on domestic violence charges, was asked to appear before commission members to answer questions about the September 2010 incident with his ex-girlfriend Josie Harris, who is the mother of three of Mayweather’s children.
The one-fight license was given on the condition that Mayweather comply with all conditions Judge Melissa Saragosa set for Mayweather during his December trial. Saragosa delayed Mayweather’s initial Jan. 6 jail date to honor an existing deal the undefeated boxer (42-0, 26 KOs) had made with the MGM Grand for the Cinco De Mayo weekend.
“I’m just happy to be fighting May 5,” Mayweather told the Associated Press. “They granted me one fight. I need to conduct myself like a gentleman and do everything that the court ordered and then come back in front of them and show them that I deserve to have a license for a whole year.”
While Mayweather praised Cotto for taking the bout, he once again insisted that he did everything he could to try and make the biggest and richest fight in boxing history against Manny Pacquiao happen, but said ultimately Pacquiao and his promoter Bob Arum didn’t want the fight.
“He’s ducking and dodging me,” Mayweather said. “He really didn’t want to fight from the beginning. He got famous basically by piggybacking off my name.
“When you mention Floyd Mayweather, man, you mention an all-time great, an icon in the sport of boxing. When you mention Manny Pacquiao, they say, ‘Oh, that’s the guy who’s trying to fight Floyd Mayweather.’ When it’s all said and done, all the guy did is just piggyback off my name.”
With Cotto (37-2, 30 KOs) now facing Mayweather instead of a rumored rematch with Pac-Man, the leading candidate to take on the Filipino superstar for a June fight is junior welterweight titlist Timothy Bradley Jr.