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Floyd Mayweather Granted Boxing License, Names May 5th Opponent

Floyd Mayweather (42-0 26 KO's) was granted a boxing license today by the Nevada State Athletic Commission. The commission voted unanimously, 5-0, to give Mayweather a one-fight license after the hour long hearing.

Mayweather will serve an 87-day jail sentence after a plea deal on domestic violence related to an incident in September of 2010 with his ex-girlfriend Josie Harris.

Mayweather also named his next opponent during the hearing. Mayweather is scheduled to fight at the MGM Grand on May 5th on HBO PPV, and with a fight with Manny Pacquiao off the table many fans wondered who would face the undefeated Mayweather.

After rumors of Robert Guerrero and Saul "Canelo" Alvarez, 31-year-old Miguel Cotto (37-2 (30 KO's) was chosen for the May 5th fight.

"I'm fighting Miguel Cotto on May 5th because Miss Pac Man is ducking me," Mayweather tweeted earlier today.

Cotto recently dominated Antonio Margarito on December 3rd in New York. Cotto was rumored to be the next opponent for Manny Pacquiao (Miss Pac Man to Mayweather), however Cotto would not move down to 147-pounds for that fight.

Mayweather will challenge Cotto for his WBA Light Middleweight Title. Cotto moved up to light middleweight after he was beaten by Pacquiao in 2009. Cotto is 3-0 since moving up.

This is still a good fight for boxing fans. Mayweather is the biggest draw in boxing, and Cotto is a Puerto Rican warrior with a strong heart. Although it is not Mayweather-Pacquiao, Mayweather-Cotto should still excite boxing fans.