Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Sam Girard

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1998-02-28 : Floyd Mayweather Jr 130 lbs beat Sam Girard 132 lbs by KO at 2:47 in round 2 of 10

  • Location: Ballys Park Place Hotel Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA
  • Referee: Earl Morton


  • This was Mayweather's first professional fight with his father in his corner. Floyd Sr. had been in prison for drug trafficking.
  • The first round was mostly an evenly fought defensive gem, with Mayweather primarily moving forward and Girard blocking incoming jabs with some counter attempts. Mayweather scored a flash knockdown at 2:58 of the round with a counter left hook. Up at the count of two, Girard finished the round with a small mouse under the left eye.
  • Mayweather was warned for a low blow early in round two.
  • Girard wobbled Mayweather with his best shot, an overhand right, with Mayweather along the ropes. Girard then began working to the body as Mayweather tried to hold with a minute left in the round.
  • Girard tried to slug it out with Mayweather on the inside, standing in front of him and going toe-to-toe.
  • Girard was knocked down by a short right to the head at 2:12 of the second second.
  • Mayweather then walked Girard down, backing him up and knocking him out with a straight right at 2:45 of the second.
  • Girard fought two more times, losing a ten-round decision to Paul Spadafora and a six-round decision to Lemuel Nelson. The noteworthy statistic is Mayweather and Spadafora had a combined record of 35-0 when Girard fought them in 1998. 16 years later, Mayweather and Spadafora had a combined record of 94-1-1, making Girard's losses to them credible.
  • Floyd Mayweather versus Sam Girard on YouTube, commentary in Spanish [1]