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Photos: Cotto defeats Mayorga; a weekend of MLB matchups


Steve Marcus

Ricardo Mayorga of Nicaragua (L) takes a punch from Miguel Cotto of Puerto Rico during their WBA world super welterweight title fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on March 12, 2011.

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Cotto Defeats Mayorga at MGM Grand

Miguel Cotto defeats Ricardo Mayorga at MGM Grand Garden Arena on March 12, 2011. Tom Zbikowski of the Baltimore Ravens also won his bout. Launch slideshow »

Cotto defeats Mayorga

Ricardo Mayorga of Nicaragua (L) takes a punch from Miguel Cotto of Puerto Rico during their WBA world super welterweight title fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on March 12, 2011. Launch slideshow »

3/12/11: Cubs vs. Reds at Cashman Field

Chicago Cubs vs. Cincinnati Reds at Cashman Field on March 12, 2011. Launch slideshow »

The fact that the Miguel Cotto fight against Ricardo Mayorga went 12 exciting rounds wasn’t lost on the bloodied and bruised fighters or the crowd at MGM Grand Garden Arena last night. It was a beautiful exhibition of boxing, even though Ricardo had tried his best to lure Miguel into a brawl.

Chalk it up to guts, stamina and rugged determination, but both fighters were still standing after 11 nonstop blistering and punching rounds. But then seconds into the final round, Miguel landed a vicious left hook, and Ricardo asked for the match to be stopped because of a broken thumb.

Miguel won the TKO and improved his record in title fights to 17-1, rebounding after his only loss to Manny Pacquiao. This was the first defense of the tile he won from Yuri Foreman last June. Sports stars in the crowd included Curtis Martin of the New York Jets, Ed Reed and Haloti Ngata of the Baltimore Ravens, Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh, Mike Tyson, Antonio Tarver, Evander Holyfield, Julio Cesar Chavez, Antonio Margarito, Juan Manuel Marquez and Marco Antonio Barrera. Apparently it was no coincidence that Antonio Margarito was there, as he is now set at Miguel’s next opponent.

“On the undercard, Baltimore Ravens safety star and Notre Dame All-American Tom Zbikowski didn’t let the NFL lockout stop him from making a nice payday,” contributing photographer Tom Donoghue, who shot this remarkable photo gallery for, told me.

“He was fighting only for the second time as a professional but stopped Richard Bryant dead in the first round. It won him $50,000 for exactly 105 seconds of work in a different sport. He says he’ll certainly keep boxing until NFL games resume and plans another bout within the month!”

In the 10-round super welterweight bout, Pawel Wolak crushed Yuri, who is studying to become a rabbi. Check out the full report from Las Vegas Sun Sports Editor colleague Ray Brewer and a photo gallery from Sun photographer Steve Marcus.

Reds defeat Cubs, 9-8

The boys of summer are back out under the sunny skies as pre-season games got underway this weekend at Cashman Field for the Cincinnati Reds and the Chicago Cubs. Merry Mayor of Mirth Oscar Goodman had the support of Monte Carlo headliners Jabbawockeez to throw out the first pitch, and gorgeous Peepshow star Cheaza sang the national anthem.

Among those cheering on the action were 2010 NL All-Star and MVP Reds Joey Votto, plus Dusty Baker, Don Logan, new Cubs Manager Mike Quade, Kosuke Fukudome and Alfonso Soriano.

Cincinnati Reds #71 Kris Negron got a base hit to bring in the winning runs at the bottom of the 9th for Cincinnati to beat the Cubs, 9-8, yesterday. It was the slide into home plate by Cincinnati Reds #85 that gave the team the winning edge over Chicago right at the bottom of the 9th.

Chicago Cubs pitcher and Las Vegas resident Greg Maddux gave Oscar some pitching tips before he took the mound for his final first pitch at Cashman Field as mayor. He declared it “the best pitch of his baseball career!” Today, the Cubs play the Los Angeles Dodgers, and Tom will return for the second day of action.

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