Alberto Mercado

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Name: Alberto Mercado
Born: 1961-01-02
Birthplace: Cayey, Puerto Rico
Hometown: Orlando, Florida, USA
Boxing Record: click

Mercado was the only American citizen who challenged the boycott of the 1980 Olympics in Moscow, Russia, competing in boxing for Puerto Rico after having won the gold medal at the 1979 Pan American Games.

In the professional ranks he had a winning record, but also had some bad luck. He lost to John Montes in a United States title try on points, and on a fight to decide the IBF's #1 challenger, he lost by a knockout in 7 rounds to eventual world champion Antonio Rivera, after leading the fight on all scorecards at the end of round 6.

Mercado worked as a fireman in Dade County, Florida for many years. He is a native of Caguas, Puerto Rico, who used to train at the famous Bairoa Gym, but he resided in Cayey during his years as a top boxing contender.

Upon returning to Puerto Rico, he settled in Cayey, where he was named director of the city's sports and recreation department in 2003. A close friend of Cayey mayor Rolando Salas, Mercado has shown interest in politics as a future profession.

Olympic results