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 Light Middleweight Title (1st defense of De La Hoya)
- Aired On: HBO Pay-Per-View
- Commission: Nevada State Athletic Commission
- Promoter: Golden Boy Promotions
- Announcer: Michael Buffer
- De La Hoya selected Freddie Roach as his trainer for this bout instead of Floyd Mayweather Sr., who had been his trainer since 2000. Mayweather demanded $2 million to train De La Hoya, while Roach agreed to do it for $1.3 million. De La Hoya also said he was uncomfortable with Mayweather's family situation, even though Senior and Junior had been estranged for several years. "It was a very touchy subject," De La Hoya said. "I have utmost respect for Floyd Sr. I always listened to what he had to say when he trained me. I was his student and we worked great together. 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?'"
- Mayweather made his debut at junior middleweight.
- Judge Jerry Roth scored the last round for Mayweather, the only judge to do so. Had he scored the twelfth for De La Hoya, the fight would have been a draw.
- After pay-per-view percentages were included, De La Hoya made $52 million and Mayweather made $25 million. (The biggest payday in boxing history for two fighters in one bout.)
- Tickets sold out in three hours setting a then live-gate record of $18,419,200. It broke the previous record of $16,860,300 set by Lennox Lewis vs. Evander Holyfield (2nd meeting).
- Tickets were priced at $2,000, $1,500, $1,000, $750, $350, and $150 and went on sale on January 27th at 10 a.m. PT.
- A special ticket stock was produced for the fight.
- Broke all pay-per-view records at 2.45 million buys and $136,853,700 million in domestic revenue.
- The bout made $165 million in total gross revenue making it the richest fight ever.
- De La Hoya became the all-time leader in pay-per-view sales with 12.8 million buys.
- Mayweather vacated the belt shortly after the fight, thus keeping his WBC welterweight title.
- Named the 2007 Ring Magazine Event of the Year.
- Celebrities in attendance included Wesley Snipes, Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, P. Diddy, Magic Johnson, Mary J. Blige, Usher, Will Ferrell, Matthew McConaughey, Jim Carrey, Eva Longoria, Jennifer Lopez and several cast members from the HBO show "The Wire".
- Both the Associated Press and ESPN's Dan Rafael scored the fight 116-112 in favor of Mayweather.
- "I thought Oscar won the fight on points, threw more punches and was more aggressive," Floyd Mayweather Sr. said after the fight. “My son had good defense and caught a lot of punches but Oscar pressed enough to win the fight." Mayweather Sr. watched the fight from a $2,000 ringside seat, which was purchased for him by De La Hoya.