The Aftermath of Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s Last Six Opponents
- Updated: July 12, 2013
With one chapter already written in the reported landmark sports deal between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and the Showtime network, which is penned down for six fights in a 30 month span, 3MR takes a look at Mayweather’s last six opponents, (not counting the May 5 Robert Guerrero affair) how they fared against the No. 1 fighter in the world, their career trajectories and what became of them after defeat…
May 5, 2007:
In what set the record for pay per view purchases, a nationwide-tour set the backdrop for what was also the richest fight in boxing history when Mayweather faced off against The Golden Boy Oscar De La Hoya in a Cinco De Mayo showdown.
De La Hoya was competitive early in the middleweight bout, (the fight was actually scored a split-decision), fighting behind a stiff jab and at one point unleashing consecutive body punches during a clinch, but from the midway point on, Mayweather took over skill-wise and ended up with a 36 minute decision.
Following bouts: (2) Failing to secure a rematch with Mayweather, De La Hoya had a fight the following year, a lackluster effort against veteran Steve ‘2 Pounds’ Forbes before being retired in December 2008 by Manny Pacquiao after not answering the bell for the ninth round.
Where they are now: De La Hoya remains an active presence in the fight game as the face (and logo) of Golden Boy Promotions as one of the premier boxing outlets in the promotional game. The Hall of Fame will be calling on DLH next year.
December 8, 2007
Mayweather went back to 147 for his second bout of 2007 against career junior-welterweight Ricky ‘Hittman’ Hatton in a fight dubbed ‘Undefeated’ as both fighters sported pristine records.
If you call rough and tumbling your opponent effective, then that was Hatton as he attempted to maul Mayweather from rope to rope but failed to land anything offensive while doing so.
The fight ended in the tenth with Mayweather scoring a TKO after sending Hatton into the ring post via self described ‘check hook’ in what was Mayweather’s last unassisted knockout victory (see Victor Ortiz below) to date.
Following bouts: (4) In his very next fight, Hatton traveled back to the United Kingdom and notched a dominant UD victory over Juan Lazcano and won a minor junior-welterweight title via TKO over Paul Malignaggi later in 2008.
On May 2, 2009, Hatton met Manny Pacquiao and was viciously KO’s inside two rounds, prompting a retirement spotted with substance abuse that spanned three years before Hatton made a comeback in 2012. He fought Vyacheslav Senchenko in the United Kingdom and looked good early on but was felled in the 9th round by a body shot. Hatton announced his retirement at the post-fight press conference.
Where they are now: Hatton has ‘Hatton Promotions’ and is active in overseas promoting. Hatton, based on his accolades, may very get a Hall Call once eligible after five years of inactivity.
September 19, 2009
After sitting out 2008 via retirement, Mayweather chose a comeback bout against Juan Manuel Marquez scheduled for July, then set back to September due to a rib injury.
The fight was to be contested at an agreed catch weight, and when Mayweather defiantly came in two pounds over that limit, a hefty six-figure sum was paid to Marquez, who was dominated from bell to bell and knocked down early. After 36 minutes, Mayweather scored a decision nod.
Following bouts: (6, still active) Marquez is the most accomplished of Mayweather’s foes following a loss to the fighter, going back down in weight to defend his lightweight title against Juan Diaz and Michael Katsidis, then fighting Serhiy Fedchenko sandwiched between two rematch bouts with Manny Pacquiao and going 1-1 against the Philippine.
On December 8, 2012, Marquez finally notched a definitive victory with his 50th career win over longtime nemesis Pacquiao via spectacular sixth round knockout that garnered Fight of the Year, Round of the Year and Fighter of the Year awards.
Where they are now: Marquez is still active in the fight game and will be 40 years of age by the time he faces Californian Timothy Bradley on October 12th from the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas in defense of the WBO 147 pound title he won by knocking out Pacquiao.
May 1, 2010
If Mayweather ends up never looking vulnerable in a boxing ring ever again, then pundits can point to the Sugar Shane Mosley Cinco De Mayo fight as the last time he ever did. Mosley landed a clean right hand that buckled Mayweather in the second round and nearly sent him to the canvas.
However, Mayweather cleared his head later in the round and proceeded to dominate for the next 30 minutes against Mosley, who failed to follow up with anything effective following the right hand and was outworked, outfought and out-boxed the rest of the way to a slam dunk UD for Mayweather.
Following bouts: (4, still active) Mosley has perhaps logged the worst track record following a loss to Mayweather, logging a horrid draw against Sergio Mora later in the year then dropping clear losses in overmatched bouts against both Manny Pacquiao and Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez.
Where they are now: Mosley will turn 42 year of age in two months but is still lacing up gloves, edging out Pablo Cesar Cano on May 18th of this year after a brief retirement following the Canelo fight. Whispers are Mosley may be in the running to face young undefeated welterweight/lightweight champion Adrien Broner.
September 17, 2011
Fresh off a stunning, knockdown-filled title attempt against Andre Berto, newly minted Mexican-American ‘Vicious’ Victor Ortiz got the nod to face Mayweather on Mexican Independence Day weekend.
Mayweather started off masterfully against Ortiz, but it seemed a tide was about to turn after Ortiz landed straight left hand after straight left hand. It seemed as though the southpaw stance, speed and movement would perhaps present some problems down the stretch for the undefeated Mayweather
Then Ortiz got overzealous, using some rough and tumble tactics to no avail, and on two occasions head butting Mayweather. After a warning, then an embrace with Ortiz spending more time saying sorry than Mayweather, a ‘two piece’ was thrown towards the face of a hands-at-the-waist Ortiz, who fell to the canvas and was counted out in the fourth round.
Following bouts: (1, still active)
Ortiz was thought to have an easy road to a money bout against Canelo Alvarez set for September of last year. Things changed drastically when he faced Josesito Lopez in June at the Staples Center as he suffered a broken jaw in a stoppage victory for the underdog, Lopez, stalling a PPV showdown against Canelo and halting Ortiz’s career indefinitely.
Where they are now: Golden Boy Promotions lead-man Richard Schaefer recently reported that Ortiz will be back in September, which if true, will end a 15 month layoff for the still young former champion with the opportunity for attractive bouts in the talent rich 147 pound division.
May 5, 2012
In what will go down as Mayweather’s last fight on HBO, two superstar names of the fight game tangled o the tune of 1.5 million PPV buys as Mayweather faced Puerto Rican Miguel Cotto.
In what was Mayweather’s most offensively-fought fight in years, the Las Vegas native was ready and willing to stand and trade with Cotto, with plenty moments of toe to toe action over the course of 12 mostly competitive rounds.
Cotto seemed to fade late, which is just when Mayweather came on and the end result was yet another 12 round UD in Mayweather’s favor.
Following bouts: (1, still active)
Later in 2012, Cotto faced off against undefeated southpaw Austin ‘No Doubt’ Trout in a venue he had never lost in: New York’s Madison Square Garden.
It was an ill faded choice of opponent, as the taller, rangier Trout out-boxed and outfoxed Cotto pretty much from the first bell en route to an upset lopsided UD loss at the Garden.
Where they are now: Cotto is scheduled to return in October at the home of basketball’s Orlando Magic with an opponent yet to be determined, which will mark a return to HBO as well as promoter Top Rank for Cotto topped off by a trainer change to 2012 Hall of Fame inductee Freddie Roach.
WHAT OF CANELO?
Heading into September 14th, Mayweather’s next opponent, will 22 year-old Mexican sensation Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez fare better, the same, or worse than Mayweather’s last five opponents?
Playing a bit of seven degrees of separation, Canelo has similarities to each of Mayweather’s last six opponents.
Canelo is believed to be a young, in over his head fighter in his first major PPV production (Ortiz), is believed to be a bit of a plodding type, one dimensional fighter (Cotto, De La Hoya), is believed to have only one way to fight with only a punchers chance (Hatton), will be subject to compete with a weight restriction clause (Marquez), and just like Mayweather, Canelo has dominated Sugar Shane Mosley over 12 lopsided rounds.
So what will become of Kid Cinnamon after he fights Mayweather? Will he spring board the fight to more title attempts and career longevity like Marquez, or squander the PPV limelight like Ortiz and Mosley?
We have to wait to September 14 to find out…