Ricardo Mayorga vs. Oscar De La Hoya

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2006-05-06 : Oscar De La Hoya 153½ lbs beat Ricardo Mayorga 153½ lbs by TKO at 1:25 in round 6 of 12

  • Mayorga was knocked down by a right hand followed by a huge left hook about one minute into the first round. It was a flash knockdown. He got stunned again by another right-hand punch and was about to go down again when he grabbed De La Hoya to weather it. Meanwhile, De La Hoya rolled away from Mayorga's shots.
  • In the second round, Mayorga looked a bit hesistant and confused. He could not hit De La Hoya cleanly. His opponent was countering effectively, delivering nice clean shots at the end of the round, including a seven-punch volley, with 30 seconds to go in the round, that sent Moyorga into the ropes.
  • In the third, De La Hoya got hit by Mayorga's only clean shot so far in the bout--an uppercut that snapped his head back a little. De La Hoya countered with an effective combination.
  • In the fourth, De La Hoya continued his ring generalship with his counter-punching. Every time Mayorga punched, De La Hoya blocked with his gloves and arms, countering with clean shots.
  • In the fifth there was a minor headbutt. Mayorga was warned for rabbit-punching again at the end of the round by Referee Nady. De La Hoya dominated Mayorga the whole round. Mayorga looked frustrated and a little tired.
  • In the sixth, De La Hoya scored another knockdown, sending Mayorga to his knees. Mayorga rose to his feet, but De La Hoya went for the kill and hammered Mayorga with a flurry of some 20-plus punches. Mayorga could not respond, so Referee Nady stopped the bout at 1:25. Popular opinion was that Mayorga was simply out-classed by De La Hoya throughout the bout.
  • De La Hoya had landed 116 of 264 punches (44 percent), while Mayorga landed just 58 of 333 blows (17 percent).
  • Afterward De La Hoya found Mayorga in the middle of the ring and they embraced, despite all the pre-fight trash-talking between the two. (Mayorga had slapped De La Hoya at one press conference, called De La Hoya a "bitch," and insulted De La Hoya's wife and son Gabriel. He apologized to De la Hoya after the fight.)
  • Attendance: 13,076
  • De La Hoya's purse was over $8 million. Mayorga's purse was $2 million.
  • The bout was televised on HBO-Television's "Pay Per View."
  • This was De La Hoya's first bout after a 20-month layoff. It was the tenth world title in six weight classes that he had won.