In a star-studded evening of boxing, Floyd Mayweather Jr. captured his 6th title in 5 different weight classes as he defeated the Golden Boy Oscar De La Hoya (38-5, 30KO’s) by Split Decision. Mayweather (38-0, 24KO’s) used his speed and agility to avoid Oscar’s punching flurries and pressure. Judges at ringside had the fight Chuck Giampa 116-12 and Jerry Roth 115-13 for Floyd, and one judge, Tom Kaczmarek saw the fight 115-113 for De La Hoya.
It was clear that the fans were behind De La Hoya as he chased Mayweather around the ring. De La Hoya’s jab was his most effective punch, however, he used it seldom. Mayweather was able to stick and move, and in typical Mayweather fashion did not put more than one or two punches together. De La Hoya said after the fight “he [Mayweather] was hitting me with pitty patty punches. I was the one that was pressuring him. If I didn’t chase him down, we wouldn’t have had a fight tonight.”
Mayweather, sporting the Mexican colors on his shorts and a large sombrerro was escorted to the ring by rapper 50-cent who had reportedly placed a $1 million dollar bet on the Pretty Boy.
Floyd Mayweather Sr. was interviewed after the fight and said he felt that Oscar should have been the one raising his hand at the end of the fight. As if there wasn’t enough controversey surrounding the fight, one of the judges had made a mistake and miswrote the wrong corner color for the fighters. De La Hoya was fighting out of the Red and Mayweather out of the Blue, but the judge had reversed the designations.
Two of the three judges (Chuck Giampa, Tom Kaczmarek) had given De La Hoya the final round while one judge (Jerry Roth) gave the round to Mayweather. If that Roth had given the round, which in our eyes was easily won by De La Hoya in conformity to the others, the fight would have been a draw.
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