One Night Only: Finally, De La Hoya Vs. Mayweather

By Francis Walker
Updated: January 19, 2007

NEW YORK — Oscar De La Hoya and Floyd Mayweather will meet in a long-awaited showdown on May 5, 2007 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

De La Hoya has fought every top fighter in the last three decades from 140 to 160. Pernell Whiatker, Felix Trinidad, Ike Quartey, Julio Cesar Chavez, Bernard Hopkins, Shane Mosley, Arturo Gatti, Fernando Vargas, Rafael Ruelas, Mayorga, Jorge Paez, Oba Carr, and Hector Camacho to name a few.
In his last fight, May 6, 2006, the 33-year-old De La Hoya destroyed two-division world champion Ricardo Mayorga in six rounds to win the WBC junior middleweight championship.
De La Hoya, a Olympic gold medal winner at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, six-division world champion, and boxing promoter, will defend his WBC super welterweight championship against “Pound-For-Pound,” the best fighter in boxing today, 29-year-old Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
‘Pretty Boy Floyd’ won his first world title at the age of 21 in 1998 stopping Genaro Hernandez. He later defended that title eight times including wins over Diego Corrales, Carlos Hernandez and Jesus Chavez.
In 2002, Mayweather added a lightweight title by beating Jose Luis Castillo. Mayweather then went on to capture junior welterweight and welterweight championships when he defeated Gatti and Zab Judah, respectively.
In 2006, Mayweather won several versions of the world welterweight championship following a pair of 12-round unanimous decision victories over Judah and Juan Carlos Baldomir.
Mayweather is in the prime of his career and is clearly the very best boxing has to offer. Mayweather has earned an impressive undefeated since starting his professional career in 1996.
Mayweather, an Olympic bronze medalist at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, has won world championships at 130, 135, 140, and 147 pounds. He has an unique combination of speed, power, counterpunching, defense, and determination that have gone basically unmatched by his peers.
De La Hoya-Mayweather is a fantasy boxing match that could possibly be one of the most historic fights in history.