Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Angel Manfredy

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1998-12-19 : Floyd Mayweather Jr 130 lbs beat Angel Manfredy 130 lbs by TKO at 2:47 in round 2 of 12

Mayweather defends WBC title with TKO of Manfredy
CNN/SI, December 20, 1998

Floyd Mayweather Jr. staked a claim as the world's best 130-pound fighter Saturday after hammering Angel Manfredy, retaining his World Boxing Council super featherweight title with a second-round technical knockout.

The fight lasted just under six minutes and Mayweather was in control throughout. He immediately set the tone with his edge in hand speed, then showed that the "Pretty Boy" also packs a powerful punch.

The undercard featured a controversial heavyweight battle as David Tua -- helped by a damaging blow delivered clearly after the bell -- scored a 10th-round technical knockout of previously unbeaten Hasim Rahman.

Those who thought these fighters were meeting too early in their careers may have been right -- at least in the case of Manfredy, who carried his trademark devil's mask instead of wearing it, which turned out to be a bad omen.

Mayweather began scoring almost instantly with superior hand speed. He dominated the first round, although Manfredy did a better job of cutting off the ring later in the frame and scored with a couple of punches.

Mayweather maintained control through the second round and hurt Manfredy for the first time with an overhand right with about 40 seconds to go. Manfredy buckled against the ropes and Mayweather moved in for the kill, throwing a combination of left hooks and overhand rights.

Mayweather threw between 12 and 15 unanswered punches. After a long straight right, referee Frank Santore stopped the fight with 13 seconds left in the round.

"A right hand shook him up," Mayweather said. "I'm throwing shots and he's not coming back with nothing. I'm throwing combinations and uppercuts."

"Manfredy was taking punches and not answering back," Santore said. "He didn't throw any punches back and was in no shape to defend himself. I said 'Angel, you got to fight back' and he didn't respond."

Manfredy was about the only one who saw things differently.

"He caught me with two good shots," he said. "I was not dazed at all. The referee did not tell me to start throwing punches. It was political. It was all rigged up for him. I was staying composed and still he could not stop me. He could not stop me. How could they stop the fight? That's not supposed to happen in true championship fights. He did not hurt me. I stayed composed. I was waiting."

A boxing prodigy, the 21-year-old Mayweather improved to 19-0 with 15 knockouts. He has the pedigree from father and trainer Floyd, Sr. and uncles Jeff and Roger, all successful boxers.

Saturday marked Mayweather's first defense after taking the title from two-time junior lightweight champion Genaro Hernandez. He has had a sterling pro career after settling for a bronze medal in the 1996 Olympics.

The 24-year-old Manfredy dropped to 25-3 with his first loss in four years. The heavily tattooed boxer was just 2-2-1 in his first five fights and headed for journeyman status until finding religion and rededicating himself to his craft.

For his entrance, Manfredy held the mask in his glove as he walked towards the ring. He was wearing a silver robe with angel wings and also had angel wings on his trunks. Manfredy beat Arturo Gatti in January. In his last bout in September, he posted a hard-fought victory over John Brown. [1]