Arturo Gatti vs. Floyd Mayweather Jr.
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2005-06-25 : Arturo Gatti 140 lbs lost to Floyd Mayweather Jr 139 lbs by RTD at 3:00 in round 6 of 12
- Location: Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA
- Referee: Earl Morton
- Judge: Luis Rivera 52-60
- Judge: John Stewart 53-60
- Judge: Dave Moretti 52-60
- Promoter: Main Events
- World Boxing Council Super Lightweight Title (3rd defense by Gatti)
- Fight Poster
- Mayweather and Gatti were originally expected to meet June 11. That date was scratched when Gatti's promoter, Main Events Inc., said Mayweather missed a deadline to sign a contract. Mayweather also had to deal with trouble outside the ring. In February, he pleaded no contest to a charge of misdemeanor assault and battery, and was fined and ordered to perform community service. The charge stemmed from a bar fight in December 2003 that injured a bouncer.
- Gatti had requested several voluntary defenses from the WBC before finally agreeing to fight Mayweather, the No. 1-ranked super lightweight contender.
- Leading up to the fight, Mayweather called Gatti a "C+ fighter” and a “club fighter.” After the fight, Mayweather said, "He's a great champion and I'm a great champion. Everything I said about him before the fight was just to hype the fight."
- The fight was billed as "Thunder & Lightning."
- Gatti's purse was $3.5 million, and Mayweather's was $3.2 million.
- This was the first time Mayweather headlined a pay-per-view event. It generated 340,000 buys and $15.3 million in revenue.
- Before the fight, HBO analyst Max Kellerman called this the biggest pay-per-view mismatch since Lennox Lewis vs. Mike Tyson.
- There was a sold-out crowd of 12,675.
- Mayweather knocked Gatti down in the first round when Gatti, thinking the referee was going to break the fighters, turned away and was nailed with a left hook. Gatti went to his knees but was up quickly.
- Mayweather landed combinations nearly at will on the slower Gatti and pounded him relentlessly until trainer Buddy McGirt stopped the fight with Gatti on the stool after the sixth round