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

  • WBC Light Welterweight Title
  • Referee: Earl Morton
  • Time: 3:00
  • Judges scoring at time of stoppage: Luis Rivera 60-52, John Stewart 60-53, Dave Moretti 60-52 (all for Mayweather)
  • Weights: Gatti 140, Mayweather 139
  • Promoter: Main Events
  • Doctors: Howard Taylor, Marc Shaber, Domenic Coletta

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This bout had been in the making for over a year and a half. Gatti and Mayweather were both stars in thier respective weight divisions and after Gatti won the WBC title in January of 2004 Mayweather was the WBC #1 ranked contender. Gatti had requested several voluntary defenses from the WBC before finally agreeing to fight Floyd Mayweather. The fight between the two fighters was billed as a superfight. It would be the first time that Floyd mayweather headlined a PPV event. Before the fight there was plenty of trash talk between the two fighters and Floyd had repeatedly referred to gatti as a "C" fighter.

When it came to fight time, Mayweather's handspeed was simply overwhelming as he landed three and four punch combinations at will. Gatti was down in the first round and Gatti took a one-sided beating for six rounds before his cornerman, Buddy McGirt, decided to stop it after the 6th round. After the fight Floyd was generally regarded as the P4P number 1 fighter in boxing. Compubox reported the blows as Mayweather 168/295 57%, Gatti 41/245 17%. Floyd scored 115/183 63%, on power blows.Data Boxing had Mayweather leading in controls(back pedals, ducks, etc.} 107 to 79.

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