Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Diego Corrales
2001-01-20 : Floyd Mayweather Jr 130 lbs beat Diego Corrales 130 lbs by TKO at 2:19 in round 10 of 12
- Location: MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
- Referee: Richard Steele
- Judge: Jerry Roth 90-79
- Judge: John Keane 90-78
- Judge: Anek Hongtongkam 89-79
- Corrales had been the International Boxing Federation junior lightweight champion until shortly before this fight. He said his managers, Cameron Dunkin and Barrett Silver, notified the IBF that he wanted to relinquish his 130-pound title because he could no longer make weight. However, Corrales said he never agreed to give up the title, even though he had publicly expressed his intention to move up to 135 pounds because he was having increased trouble getting down to 130. Another Dunkin and Silver fighter, Steve Forbes, won the vacate IBF title. Corrales filed a grievance with the Nevada State Athletic Commission and later replaced Dunkin and Silver with James Prince.
- Mayweather earned $1.7 million, and Corrales got $1.4 million.
- Mayweather landed 220 of 414 punches, while Corrales connected on only 60 of 205.
Mayweather dominates in win over Corrales
By Dan Rafael, USA TODAY, January 21, 2001
LAS VEGAS — When the war of words was finally over, Floyd Mayweather Jr. let his fists do all the talking.
Mayweather retained his junior lightweight title by decking Diego Corrales five times en route to a dominating 10th-round TKO Saturday night before 8,126 fans at the MGM Grand in a performance that should rocket him up the mythical pound-for-pound list.
In the months leading to the fight, Mayweather was relentless in his harsh words toward Corrales, berating him over the felony spousal abuse charges he faces. In the ring, the punishment he doled out was just as great.
"I used my defense the way my dad (Floyd Sr.) wanted me too," said Mayweather, who earned a six-fight HBO contract worth $15 million by winning. "I just wanted to show who is the best in the world."
Corrales (No. 1 USA TODAY, 33-1), a former champion, simply had no answer for Mayweather's blinding speed. He could never catch Mayweather (No. 2, 25-0, 19 KOs)
and never landed a single telling blow the entire fight, a shocker for one of the world's most tremendous punchers. By landing only single-digit punch totals in each round, Corrales set a CompuBox record for futility as he landed just 60 of 205 blows.
"He fought a smart fight," Corrales said. "He did was he was supposed to do. I kept on trucking, I kept coming forward."
Mayweather knocked Corrales down three times in the seventh round and twice more in the 10th, mainly using his left hook. On one of the knockdowns in the seventh, Corrales took a knee and Mayweather hit him while he was down but was not penalized.
"We knew all along the left hook would be the damaging punch and it was the left hook that took him out of there," said Roger Mayweather, Floyd's trainer and uncle.
Way ahead in the 10th, Mayweather dropped Corrales with a left hook midway through the round. After the second knockdown, Corrales' stepfather/trainer Ray Woods ran up the steps in an attempt to throw in the towel, but referee Richard Steele stopped it anyway at 2:19.
"I am still angry (about the stoppage), Corrales said. "A fighter likes to go out on his back. I was still coherent after each knockdown. A champ should finish the fight as long as he keeps getting up. My head was clear. I worked damn hard for this fight, before and during. I kept getting up. There were only two more rounds. I wish he would have let me finish the fight."
Corrales' lethargic appearance might have been because he was sapped of strength before the fight ever started. He weighed in two pounds over the 130-pound limit on Friday and was forced to sweat the extra baggage in a 90-minute sauna session.
Despite the tornado of trash talk and Corrales' vow not to hug or shake Mayweather's hand after the fight, the two indeed embraced.
"I respect you as a fighter," Mayweather told Corrales. "What I said was only hype to sell some tickets."
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- "The Road Back Toward Riches For Mayweather?" Philly.com, January 19, 2001
- "Mayweather dominates in win over Corrales" USA Today, January 21, 2001
- "Floyd Mayweather's TKO of Diego Corrales was a fistic masterpiece" Sports Illustrated, January 29, 2001