De La Hoya vs. Mayweather: The World Awaits
was a super welterweight
superfight which took place on May 5, 2007, at the MGM Grand Arena
in Las Vegas
between six-division world champion Oscar De La Hoya
(38-4, 30 KO
) and undefeated four-division champion Floyd Mayweather Jr.
(37-0, 24 KO). At the time, the match was the most lucrative boxing match ever, with over $120 million in generated revenue.
Mayweather Jr. won by split decision
over De La Hoya in 12 rounds, capturing the World Boxing Council
(WBC) light middleweight
The fight took place at the MGM Grand
in Las Vegas, Nevada under the promotion of Golden Boy Promotions
. It was contested at 154 pounds, with De La Hoya defending his WBC light middleweight championship.
Tickets sold out three hours after they went on sale on Saturday, January 27, 2007. With the sellout, the bout generated over $19 million in live gate, beating the previous record of $16,860,300 set by the November 13, 1999, heavyweight championship rematch between Evander Holyfield
and Lennox Lewis
at the Thomas & Mack Center
The fight was televised on HBO Pay-Per-View
, with the cost to watch the fight at $55 in the U.S.
Mayweather won by a split decision in 12 tactically fought rounds, capturing the World Boxing Council (WBC) title though some saw the fight as being fairly one-sided on his behalf, while others thought De La Hoya deserved the nod.
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