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The Rise Of The Greatest Fighter Of The Modern Era - Part 3
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The Rise Of the Greatest Fighter Of the Modern Era  -  Part 3

In the previous articles of this series, we examined some of the more memorable fights in the career of 5 division boxing champion, Floyd Money Mayweather. In similar fashion we saw how the Money was always destined to become a boxer since boxing has always been in his blood. Now after the Money defeated Arturo Gatti for the Light-welterweight title, Floyd decided once more that it was time to move to the next division which is the Welterweight division.

The first time as a Welterweight

Upon entry into the Welterweight division, the first match Floyd would win was against Sharmba Mitchell, knocking him out in the sixth round. He would then challenge IBF Welterweight champion, Zab Judah. The bout was overshadowed by events during the tenth round, when Zab whom Floyd dominated since the sixth round, hit Floyd below the belt with his left hand. Floyd’s trainer, Roger Mayweather then confronted Judah about his actions.

Therefore a small brawl broke out between, Zab Judah, his father Yoel Judah and Roger Mayweather, forcing police and security into the ring to restore some order. Roger Mayweather eventually left ringside, leaving Floyd to pick up another victory becoming the IBF Welterweight champion. However Floyd would vacate the title before he even defended the belt.

Nevertheless, his next opponent would come in the form of Carlos Baldomir for the WBC Welterweight title and the Ring Welterweight title. The bout became known as the ‘Boxing Clinic’ as Floyd made short work of Baldomir, hitting Baldomir with sharp jabs and hooks and finally scoring the most points after the 12 rounds to become the WBC Welterweight Champion.

The Big Fight against Oscar De La Hoya

Following his victory over Carlos Baldomir, Floyd Money Mayweather would immediately throw down the gauntlet by challenging six-division champion Oscar De La Hoya. The match took some time to prepare, because Floyd had to move up to the Light Middleweight division, but after one year, the fight the world was waiting for finally happened.

In the early rounds of the bout De La Hoya was in control as he was trying to keep Mayweather in the center of the ring, however none of his punches were doing any harm. So by the sixth round Mayweather turned the tables and starting using speed and quick feet to basically hit De La Hoya like he wanted to. At the end of the 12 rounds Mayweather emerged victorious winning the WBC Light Middleweight title.

The Undefeated Match

When Mayweather defeated De La Hoya, he decided to return to Welterweight division, vacating the WBC Light Middleweight title in the process. However on his return to the division, a new challenge would appear in the undefeated Briton Ricky Hatton who was ‘The Ring’ Light Welterweight champion. The fight got headlined as the Undefeated Bout since both fighters were still boasting their undefeated streaks.

Mayweather basically took apart Hatton from the start of the fight. In the tenth round he knocked Hatton out, after he managed to land a left hook causing Hatton to fall face first into the turnbuckle. Ricky was staggering and Mayweather followed up with two quick lefts to floor Hatton and keep the WBC Welterweight Championship


Following his victory over Ricky Hatton Floyd Money Mayweather retired from boxing, however this would not be the last time that we would see the Money, as we continue our look at the rise of the greatest fighter in the modern era.

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