Sports Weekend Preview: Fight Night

May 4, 2012

We’re in the middle of the NBA and NHL playoffs but the biggest battles this weekend won’t occur on hardwood or ice—they’ll be fought inside a ring and the Octagon. Don’t miss the biggest fight night of the year featuring boxing legends, rising stars, and ultimate fighters.

Ring Kings: Floyd Mayweather vs. Miguel Cotto | May 5 at 9 p.m. ET
It’s the biggest fight of 2012 featuring the biggest name in boxing and arguably its best pound-for-pound fighter, Floyd “Money” Mayweather. The seven-time world champion, and still undefeated, will step up in weight to clash with WBA super welterweight world champion Miguel Cotto, the Pride of Puerto Rico. Mayweather, the best technical boxer today, possesses a dangerous combination of lightning speed and power. He’s fresh off his controversial knockdown of Victor Ortiz and might be looking for a more statement-making knockout. As for Cotto, he’ll need to stay aggressive and hope to land a few big hits with his powerful left hook to have a puncher’s chance. Both fighters will be looking for a knockout but will we see stoppage? Tune in this Saturday starting at 9 p.m. ET on DIRECTV Pay Per View. More info.

Ring Kings: Canelo Alvarez vs. Shane Mosley | May 5 at 9 p.m. ET
The main undercard of the Mayweather vs. Cotto event might be the most intriguing fight of the night: Mexican phenom Saul “Canelo” Alvarez against the legendary “Sugar” Shane Mosley. Although Alvarez is the clear favorite here, the 21 year-old rising star will be facing a motivated, albeit aging and fading, boxing veteran who is looking for one last great victory. This fight might be his last chance to add to his legend. As for Alvarez, this is his opportunity to show the boxing world that he’s not too young for the big stage and not too young for a shot at Floyd Mayweather.

UFC: Nate Diaz vs. Jim Miller | May 5 at 8 p.m. ET
The Ultimate Fighting Championship returns to FOX with top lightweight contenders Nick Diaz and Jim Miller. Both fighters have shown flashes of greatness over the years but have yet to take their game to the next level. Nate Diaz, the brother of former Strikeforce welterweight champ and current UFC fighter Nick Diaz, is the better boxer with superior striking skills. He’ll be the favorite as long as he continues to use his height and reach advantage, which he always does. As for Jim Miller, the New Jersey native, he will be fighting in front of his hometown crowd, which should give him extra motivation—not that he needs it. Look for Miller to take the fight to the ground and avoid Diaz’s unorthodox fighting style. Tune in this Saturday starting at 8 p.m. ET on FOX. More info.