Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. DeMarcus Corley

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2004-05-22 : Floyd Mayweather Jr 140 lbs beat DeMarcus Corley 140 lbs by UD in round 12 of 12


Mayweather pounds Corley in win
By Dan Rafael, USA TODAY, May 22, 2004

Floyd Mayweather Jr. came to Atlantic City to make a statement, and he made it — loudly.

In addition to announcing his junior welterweight arrival, Mayweather also left little doubt that in the wake of Roy Jones' stunning loss last week he is boxing's new pound-for-pound king.

Mayweather, 27, the former lightweight and junior lightweight champ making his 140-pound debut, put on a display Saturday night as he clinically dissected former titlist DeMarcus "Chop Chop" Corley, knocking him down twice officially and scoring a lopsided decision, 119-108 (twice) and 119-107.

"I beat the best at 130. I went to 135 and beat the best, and now I'm moving up to 140. The only thing I want to do is to fight the best," Mayweather (32-0) said.

Said Corley, down five other times on what were ruled slips or pushes, "There's no question Mayweather will be a force at 140. He really is tough."

The win also made Mayweather mandatory for titlist Arturo Gatti, whom he's been chasing.

"I would love for me and Gatti to fight on pay-per-view," he said. "He's an exciting fighter, I'm an exciting fighter and I think that's a big pay-per-view fight."

Mayweather will ascend to No. 1 when USA TODAY's pound-for-pound rankings come out next month with middleweight champ Bernard Hopkins No. 2. Hopkins will top Ring magazine's list; Mayweather will be No. 2.

"He's magic out there. He's electric," Corley trainer Don Turner said of Mayweather.

Despite hurting his shoulder and right hand in the high-contact fourth round — a candidate for round of the year — Mayweather knocked Corley (28-3-1) down in the eighth and 10th rounds.

"A true champion will fight through anything," said Mayweather, who showed a great chin in taking the best shots Corley, 29, could dish out. "He landed some solid punches. He's a good puncher, but I wasn't hurt at all."

The fight was the last for Mayweather under his contract with promoter Bob Arum and HBO, although each has the right of first refusal for his next fight. [1]