Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Hector Arroyo

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1998-01-09 : Floyd Mayweather Jr 132 lbs beat Hector Arroyo 133 lbs by TKO at 1:21 in round 5 of 10

Note

ESPN reported that Mayweather landed 96 of 262 punches (37%) and Arroyo landed 65 of 188 (35%).


Mayweather shows he's ready for a title shot

BILOXI, Miss. (AP) — Floyd Mayweather showed quickness and power as he used a flurry of punches to knock out veteran Hector Arroyo with 1:21 to go in the fifth round of a scheduled 10-round featherweight fight Friday night at the Biloxi Grand Casino.

Mayweather, 20, a former Olympian, dominated from the opening bell and two seconds before the end of the fourth round caught Arroyo with a straight right hand that dropped him to the canvas.

"I don't want to rush it, but I feel I'm ready to face a world champion or a top contender," Mayweather said. "It's obvious that I'm getting close. I want to be a world champion as quickly as possible."

Mayweather used his left jab to keep Arroyo (16-5-1) at bay and the right hand to hurt the veteran.

Mayweather opened the fifth round with a couple of flurries that sent Arroyo reeling to the canvas and the referee stopped the bout.

Mayweather, 13-0 with 11 knockouts, may be headed to a bout against Genaro Hernandez, the WBC super featherweight champion.

"The WBC is the biggest belt out there," Mayweather said. "I want to fight for their title. It would mean a lot to be a WBC champion.

"Me and Genaro have the same promoter in Top Rank's Bob Arum. He's old and will be out of the sport soon. I'm a young, up-and-coming fighter. I need to get a shot at him and that title."