1993-02-06 : Ray Mercer 238 lbs lost to Jesse Ferguson 234 lbs by UD in round 10 of 10
- Location: Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USA
- Referee: Wayne Kelly
- Judge: Don Nodecker 94-96
- Judge: George DeGabriel 94-97
- Judge: Steve Weisfeld 91-99
Mercer had been promised a title shot against Riddick Bowe and a guaranteed 1.5 million dollar payday if he beat Ferguson. However, things didnt go his way and Mercer was completely outboxed in this fight. Mercer repeatedly offered Ferguson a 100,000 dollar bribe to go down both before and during the bout which Ferguson refused according to his testimony under oath in court.This bout led to charges of sports bribery being filed against Ray Mercer by the Manhattan District Attorney's office.