Oscar De La Hoya vs. Floyd Mayweather Jr.
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2007-05-05 : Floyd Mayweather Jr 150 lbs beat Oscar De La Hoya 154 lbs by SD in round 12 of 12
- Location: MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
- Referee: Kenny Bayless
- Judge: Chuck Giampa 116-112
- Judge: Jerry Roth 115-113
- Judge: Tom Kaczmarek 113-115
- World Boxing Council Super Welterweight Title (1st defense by De La Hoya)
- Aired On: HBO Pay-Per-View
- Commission: Nevada State Athletic Commission
- Promoter: Golden Boy Promotions
- Announcer: Michael Buffer
- Floyd Mayweather Sr., who had been De La Hoya's trainer since 2000, demanded $2 million to train De La Hoya for this fight. "If they want me to work against my son, then they're going to have to pay me," Mayweather Sr. told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. "My son and I, no matter what's gone down between us, he's still my blood. Hey, I'd work for Oscar if the deal is right, because that's my job and boxing is just a sport." Mayweather Sr. said he was offered a $500,000 guarantee and $500,000 if De La Hoya won, which he called insulting.
- De La Hoya hired Freddie Roach to train him for the Mayweather fight Floyd Mayweather Sr. and paid him a flat fee of $1.3 million. However, De La Hoya said Mayweather Sr.'s financial demand was not a factor in his decision. "It had no impact whatsoever," he said. De La Hoya said he was uncomfortable with Mayweather Sr.'s family situation, even though Senior and Junior had been estranged for several years. "It was a very touchy subject," De La Hoya said. "When I was making my decision, at first, I said, 'Yes, he is going to train me and he can do it.' But after thinking for days and weeks and months, I said to myself, 'This is his son. Is he going to be as passionate as I am in the gym?' I want to knock this guy out. I asked myself all these questions. How am I going to feel in the gym? Will it feel awkward? I didn't want to feel distracted, like, 'Wow, here's the father training me to beat up his son.' I finally figured we have to get someone else. I think it turned out better for everyone, including Floyd Sr."
- This was De La Hoya's only fight with Roach. He later said, "Freddie Roach didn’t train me properly. I went into the Mayweather fight as a one-dimensional fighter."
- HBO’s Emmy-Award-winning reality series 24/7 started with Mayweather vs. De La Hoya.
- A special ticket stock was produced for the fight.
- Tickets were priced at $2,000, $1,500, $1,000, $750, $350 and $150. They went on sale January 27 at 10:00 a.m. PST and sold out in three hours.
- The gross gate was a then-record $18,419,200. It broke the previous record of $16,860,300 set by Lennox Lewis vs. Evander Holyfield II in 1999.
- The fight generated a record 2.45 million pay-per-view buys and a then-record $136,853,700 in domestic revenue.
- De La Hoya became the all-time leader in pay-per-view sales with 12.8 million buys.
- After pay-per-view percentages were included, De La Hoya made $52 million and Mayweather made $25 million. This was the biggest payday in boxing history for two fighters in one fight.
- The fight made $165 million in total gross revenue, making it the richest fight ever.
- Celebrities in attendance included Mary J. Blige, Jim Carrey, Sean "P. Diddy" Combs, Leonardo DiCaprio, Will Ferrell, Magic Johnson, Eva Longoria, Jennifer Lopez, Tobey Maguire, Matthew McConaughey, Jack Nicholson, Wesley Snipes, Usher and several cast members from the HBO show The Wire.
- Mayweather Sr. watched the fight from a $2,000 ringside seat, which was purchased for him by De La Hoya.
- Mayweather, the WBC welterweight champion, was making his debut at 154 pounds.
- De La Hoya had not fought in 12 months and had fought just once in the previous 20 months.
- Mayweather was a 2-1 favorite when the fight was made, but a lot of money poured in on De La Hoya and Mayweather was a 3-2 underdog by fight time.
- The Associated Press reported:
- De La Hoya was the aggressor throughout the fight, and he managed to get through Mayweather's defenses in the early rounds as Mayweather moved away and counterpunched without great effect. Every time Mayweather went near the ropes, De La Hoya tried to trap him there and land a flurry of punches to the body and head. De La Hoya wanted to get Mayweather into a brawl, but he was having no part of it, content to pick his spots and land counterpunches. In the fifth round, however, the fight seemed to shift into a different gear as Mayweather stood his ground and landed some hard combinations to the head. "He's getting tired. He's getting tired," Mayweather's trainer and uncle, Roger Mayweather, told his fighter after the round....Mayweather said before the fight that De La Hoya would fade as the fight went on, and it seemed as though he did. Two judges gave Mayweather four of the last five rounds, making the difference in what turned out to be a closely scored fight.
- De La Hoya landed 82 of 341 power punches (24 percent), and Mayweather landed 138 of 241 (57 percent). De La Hoya connected on 122 of 587 total punches (21 percent), and Mayweather connected on 207 of 481 (43 percent).
- The pro-De La Hoya crowd booed the split decision in favor of Mayweather.
- Judge Jerry Roth scored the last round for Mayweather, the only judge to do so. Had he scored the 12th for De La Hoya, the fight would have been a draw.
- Both the Associated Press and Dan Rafael of ESPN scored the fight 116-112 in favor of Mayweather. Rafael wrote, "There were some close rounds, but Mayweather was the clear winner."
- Shortly after the fight, Mayweather chose to vacate the WBC super welterweight title and keep the WBC welterweight title.
- The fight was named the 2007 Event of the Year by The Ring Magazine.
Post Fight Comments
- "It was masterpiece of boxing. I showed you why I am the best fighter of this era." - Floyd Mayweather
- "I felt I won the fight. I landed the harder, crisper punches. I felt when I landed my punches, I could see I was hurting him. I was pressing the fight and if I hadn't pressed the fight, there would be no fight. I'm a champion and you have to do more than that to beat a champion." - Oscar De La Hoya
- "I thought Oscar won the fight on points, threw more punches and was more aggressive. My son had good defense and caught a lot of punches but Oscar pressed enough to win the fight." - Floyd Mayweather Sr.
- "Mayweather Sr. wants $2M to train against his son" ESPN.com, January 21, 2007
- "Roach will train De La Hoya for fight" ESPN.com, January 30, 2007
- "Roach the newest face to appear in Oscar's corner" ESPN.com, May 5, 2007
- "Mayweather wins split decision over De La Hoya" ESPN.com, May 6, 2007
- "Mayweather: 'I am the best fighter of this era'" ESPN.com, May 6, 2007
- "De La Hoya-Pacquiao and the Business of Boxing" PhilBoxing.com, December 19, 2008