Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Emanuel Augustus
Floyd Mayweather Jr 134 lbs beat Emanuel Augustus 134 lbs by TKO at 1:06 in round 9 of 10
- Date: 2000-10-21
- Location: Cobo Hall, Detroit, Michigan, USA
- Referee: Dale Grable
- Judge: Bob Watson
- Judge: Herman McKalpain
- Judge: Chip Acey
- Floyd Mayweather Jr. 23-0 (17 KOs) vs. Emanuel Augustus (Burton) 22-16-4 (10 KOs)
- At the time of this match, Augustus went by his birth name, Emanuel Burton. He adopted his father's last name of Augustus when his parents married in 2001.
- Mayweather, the WBC super featherweight champion, fought Augustus in a non-title bout at lightweight.
- Augustus entered with a record of 2-4 in his previous six bouts.
- The two fighters did not have to be separated from a clinch in the entire bout.
- Mayweather was very dominant in round seven. He landed 45 of 91 punches, while Augustus landed only 6 of 64.
- Mayweather landed 287 of 669 punches (43%) and Augustus landed 108 of 526 (21%).
- During a 2012 conference call with boxing reporters, Mayweather said Augustus was the toughest fighter he had faced. "I'm going to rate Emanuel Augustus first compared to all the guys that I've faced," Mayweather said. "He didn't have the best record in the sport of boxing, he has never won a world title, but he came to fight." 
Floyd Weathers Ring Rust, Foe
by Bernard Fernandez, Philadelphia Daily News, October 23, 2000
DETROIT — The sight of the very large Andrew Golota quitting in the early stages of a bout in which he is being paid an equally large sum of money (somewhere between $2.2 million and $3 million) might be disturbing, but it is hardly shocking. The now-former heavyweight contender, who resigned after two rounds of Friday's pay-per-view bout with Mike Tyson, has done it before.
But the sight of the much smaller but more vastly gifted "Pretty Boy" Floyd Mayweather fighting with blood trickling from his nose and mouth was a first for boxing fans who had become accustomed to seeing the World Boxing Council super featherweight champion win with almost casual ease.
Seeing Mayweather, who hails from nearby Grand Rapids, Mich., nicked up and having to dig deep against a journeyman with 16 losses on his record definitely was not what the crowd in Cobo Hall had anticipated. But then no one was complaining; the give-and-take action had been too good, too redemptive.
There was a surrender here Saturday afternoon, but it wasn't by Mayweather's courageous opponent, Emanuel Burton (22-17-4, 10 knockouts). His face swollen and bleeding from the nose and left ear, Burton protested vigorously when, after Mayweather landed three consecutive left hooks to the body in the ninth round of the scheduled 10-round non-title lightweight bout, his cornermen began waving white towels.
"But I'm not hurt," Burton protested to referee Dan Grable. "Come on, don't stop it."
Burton's manager, Luis DeCubas, said his guy had fought too hard and too well to be exposed to continued punishment in a fight he couldn't win.
"Emanuel's left hand was screwed up, his right hand was gone," DeCubas said. "He had nothing left to hurt Floyd with. Why would I leave the kid in to get killed? That's not right.
"But I tell you what. Emanuel has the biggest heart in boxing, and he proved that today."
Mayweather (24-0, 18 KOs) also has a pretty large ticker, a revelation that could prove handy the next time he finds himself in with someone not so easily swept away by his formidable talent.
"I knew he was going to be tough, but I need opponents like this," said Mayweather, who was coming off a seven-month layoff, the longest of his career. "A lot of guys duck Emanuel Burton.
"It was a very exciting fight. That's what the fans want, and that's what Floyd Mayweather is trying to do. . .give the fans their money's worth."
Burton's purse was $20,000. Mayweather's long layoff stems from his refusal to accept the seven-fight, $12.5 million deal offered by HBO in 1999, which he angrily denounced as a "slave contract." That offer since has been pulled from the table by HBO, but Mayweather - who believes he should receive a superstar's wages every time he enters the ring - said he and HBO have patched their differences.
Saturday's "KO Nation" bout, for which he was paid $250,000, is the first in a three-fight "mini-contract" with HBO, which presumably will culminate in a unification matchup with International Boxing Federation junior lightweight champ Diego Corrales. If Mayweather continues to win, he could cash in big later on.
"Floyd is taking a step back for a chance to take two forward," HBO executive Kery Davis confirmed.
"The comment that was made, that's in the past," Mayweather said. "Everything is cool between me and HBO."
Mayweather blamed inactivity for his less-than-dominant performance, but he said he soon would reveal himself as boxing's best pound-for-pound fighter.
"I had a little ring rust, and it showed," Mayweather said. "But many are called and few are chosen. I feel like I am the chosen one. If I stay active, I blow everyone out of the water."