Floyd Mayweather Jr Vs Oscar De La Hoya Highlights Great Fight
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May 5th, 2007. De La Hoya vs. Mayweather: The World Awaits was a superfight between “The Golden Boy” and “Money Man”. Going into the fight, Floyd Mayweather was recognized as the No. 1 P4P fighter by The Ring while The Golden Boy held the WBC Light Middleweight crown, where he makes his 1st defense with this fight.
In June 2004, Oscar De La Hoya moves up to the Middleweight division to take on Felix Sturm. Oscar made history by becoming the 1st fighter to win world titles in 6 different weight divisions; bagging the WBO Middleweight strap from Felix Sturm via a controversial UD.
In September 2004, De La Hoya takes on the legendary Bernard Hopkins. Despite being the smaller fighter, De La Hoya was able to engaged in a tactical bout against the bigger Hopkins for the first 8 rounds with Hopkins edging him slightly. But in the 9th round, De La Hoya suffered his 1st KO loss, via left hooks to the body; succumbing to Hopkins' natural size advantage.
In May 2006, De La Hoya takes on “El Matador” Ricardo Mayorga as Mayorga looks to keep his WBC Super Welterweight title.
Mayorga infamously hurled a tirade of insults on Oscar’s sexuality, family and accusing him of throwing the fight against Hopkins. De La Hoya exacts a sweet revenge as he dominated Mayorga in a one sided bout en route to a stoppage.
Highlights of De La Hoya-Mayorga;
With this victory, De La Hoya won his 10th world title in 6 different weight divisions.
In December 2002, Floyd Mayweather Jr. takes on Jose Luis Castillo in a rematch after the controversial outcome of their 1st fight. Refusing to engage, the Money Man utilized jabs and sharp counter right hands to keep Castillo at bay, avoiding any chance of a slugfest. Mayweather won a close but clear UD, keeping his WBC and The Ring Lightweight straps.
In the year 2003, he successfully defended his WBC Lightweight against Victoriano Sosa and Phillip Ndou. Mayweather would move up to 140 pounds in 2004, beating DeMarcus Corley and Henry Bruseles via UD and TKO respectively.
His victories earn him a title shot against Arturo Gatti, who is set to make the 3rd defense of his WBC Super Lightweight title.
In June 2005, Mayweather takes on Gatti in what is considered to be one of the “worst PPV mismatches” in history. In the 1st round, Gatti was floored when he dropped his hands while complaining to the referee about Mayweather’s illegal punches as Floyd seized the opportunity to land a hard left hook. While Gatti beats the count, Mayweather continues to punish him for 6 one sided rounds before Buddy McGirt jumps in to save Gatti from further punishment.
In November 2005, Floyd knocks out Sharmba Mitchell in his 1st fight at 147 pounds. In his next bout, he would take on Zab Judah with the vacant IBO Welterweight title on the line. Judah’s IBF World Welterweight strap was also for the taking.
Judah was able to trouble Floyd early, and landed a right hand shot that had Floyd imbalance and touching his glove on the canvas. However, it was ruled a no-knockdown by Richard Steele. However, by the mid rounds Floyd took control as Judah tires.
Controversy erupts in the 10th round after an illegal blow by Judah, and members of both camps started to swamp the ring. After order was restored, the fight resumes with Floyd cruising the last 2 rounds to a UD victory.
In November 2006, Money Mayweather takes on Carlos Baldomir to defend his newly won IBO World Welterweight title for the 1st time. Baldomir’s WBA, WBC and The Ring Welterweight straps are also on the line. The quicker, more skillful Mayweather dominated Baldomir to a lopsided decision victory.
Money Mayweather and The Golden Boy are set to clash. Going into the fight, Floyd was a 2-1 betting favorite and De La Hoya who’s considered to be somewhat passed his prime have been inactive for a year.
The fight was a close one, with De La Hoya pushing the action all the way by applying tremendous pressure while the younger, quicker Floyd was able to counter with his trademark right hand shots in many occasions.
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