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Last Updated: Sunday, 6 May 2007, 02:32 GMT 03:32 UK
De la Hoya-Mayweather as it happened
MGM Grand Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas

Floyd Mayweather takes Oscar de la Hoya's WBC light middleweight crown on a split decision.

ROUND-BY-ROUND UPDATES

By Ben Dirs

Decision: Mayweather gets a split decision! 116-112, 115-113, 113-115. De la Hoya's camp not happy about that, but we have a new WBC light middleweight champion. Boos from the crowd, but you can't read much into that, most of them are Oscar fans. However, we shouldn't let the decision overshadow a fine fight - it wasn't a classic, but neither fighter let anyone down.

Round 12: We're on for a grandstand finish, both men know it's up for grabs. Mayweather doing the cleaner work and De la Hoya is running on fumes. Pot-shotting from Floyd and De la Hoya is plodding. However, he does rally, putting together a seven or eight punch combination. Both fighters go berserk in the final 10 seconds before the bell sounds and both fighters hug. Mayweather's round, which makes it a draw in my opinion - 115-115. BBC score: Oscar 9-10 Floyd

Round 11: Good body shot from Mayweather and a lightning right hand. De la Hoya is feeling this, possibly saving himself for the final round. Mayweather teeing off on De la Hoya, and Oscar barely threw a punch... until right at the death, rocking Mayweather's head back with a swingeing right hand. But that was Mayweather's round, and I've got him one behind going into the final round.
BBC score: Oscar 9-10 Floyd

Round 10: Down the stretch now and De la Hoya lands with a solid left hook and decent right. De la Hoya still ploughing forward, guard catching most that Mayweather is throwing at him. Mayweather took that round on work-rate, and lands with a crisp right hand on the bell. In my book, Mayweather needs the last two to force a draw.
BBC score: Oscar 9-10 Floyd

Round Nine: Mayweather really has to start taking some risks here and he lands with some clean pot-shots from range. De la Hoya swarms all over Mayweather in the corner and Floyd emerges from the exchange with a beaming smile. He's kidding no-one, he's in trouble as far as I'm concerned.
BBC score: Oscar 10-10 Mayweather

Round Eight: De la Hoya showing good hand speed again and landing with a few head shots. Mayweather lands with a couple of hurtful right hands. Chants of "Oscar, Oscar" ring around the MGM Grand, and De la Hoya finishes the round stronger again and that's his round. Mayweather simply not doing enough in my book, I've got him a few rounds behind. BBC score: Oscar 10-9 Floyd

Round Seven: De la Hoya steps it up again, trapping Mayweather in the corner with a solid combination, but Mayweather is landing with the crisper punches. However, De la Hoya finishes with an eye-catching rally, and that may have nicked the round.
BBC score: Oscar 10-9 Floyd

Round Six: Good hand speed from De la Hoya, digging a flurry of body shots into Mayweather's ribs. Mayweather misses with three swingeing right hands before De la Hoya lands with a good overhand right. Mayweather landed with some good shots from range and I have that as even.
BBC score: Oscar 10-10 Floyd

Round Five: Mayweather comes out of the blocks quickest in the fifth, but De la Hoya is matching Mayweather's hand speed thus far. Mayweather struggling to penetrate the high guard of De la Hoya, but he does get through with a right-hand counter and De la Hoya's knees sag slightly. De la Hoya comes back with two clubbing right hands before Mayweather connects with another picture-perfect right - best round so far, Mayweather steals it. De la Hoya looking ragged all of a sudden, Mayweather looking slick.
BBC score: Oscar 9-10 Floyd

Round Four: A couple of good right hands from De la Hoya and Mayweather is shaking his right hand - he's had problems with his hands in the past. Still Mayweather's single shots having little affect. De la Hoya pins Mayweather on the ropes and gives him a flurry of left hands to the ribs - Mayweather getting bullied. De la Hoya blocking most of Mayweather's punches and the champion is bossing this at the moment - Mayweather not really in it.
BBC score: Oscar 10-9 Floyd

Round Three: De la Hoya looking steely, ploughing forward and harrying Mayweather with some solid combinations - Mayweather is looking slightly non-plussed at the moment. Single shots from Floyd, but nothing hurtful so far. Another round for the Golden Boy and Mayweather is going to have to find some answers - and find them fast. He looks very apprehensive thus far.
BBC score: Oscar 10-9 Floyd

Round Two: More success for De la Hoya in the second, making Mayweather look uncomfortable with some good combinations. Not much aggression from Mayweather, who's happy to stay out of range, and that's De la Hoya's round.
BBC score: Oscar 10-9 Floyd

Round One: No great dramas in the opening round. Mayweather fighting fom distance, jumping in and using his hand speed to land several jabs. De la Hoya lands with one decent right hand and a flurry of body blows, but it was marginally Mayweather's round.
BBC score: Oscar 9-10 Floyd

BIG FIGHT BUILD-UP (ALL TIMES BST)

0435: Mayweather sidles up to De la Hoya in the centre of the ring and Michael Buffer says the magic words - "Let's get ready to ruuuuuumble!..." Strap yourselves in, we're almost off.

0433: Here comes Oscar. The Golden Boy looks pensive, but he's clearly the crowd favourite. Ring-side celebs include Dame Helen Mirren, Jack Nicholson, Denzel Washington and Tiger Woods. Both fighters in the ring, bring on Michael Buffer.

0428: Here we go ladies and gents, Mayweather's on his way. He's jammed a Mexican hat on his head and is decked out in green, white and red - trying to nick some of De la Hoya's Mexican fans? You're going to have to do more than that, Pretty Boy. Floyd's pal 50 Cent accompanies him to the ring, rapping on a mic as he strolls. Big Hugs from Fiddy, lots of boos from the Vegas crowd.

0428: Still no sign of the combatants - we're looking at a start time of 0440 now.

"If Mayweather wins, people are going to discredit him for beating up a 'has-been'. However, if the unthinkable should happen and Pretty Boy loses, people are going to say that he 'lost to an old man'. In either case, Mayweather can't do right in the eyes of some of the boxing public."
Trev on the 606 message boards

0420: I'm going to make my prediction: Mayweather on points. To be honest, I can't see it being a toe-to-toe war - Mayweather's too clever for that. I think he'll keep his distance and out-smart Oscar.

0408: Mixed fortunes for the two Brits on the Vegas undercard tonight - WBC Youth lightweight champion John Murray stopped Lorenzo Bethea in the seventh round, but former Junior Olympic gold medallist John O'Donnell was knocked out by Mexican Christian Solano in two.

0406: Rocky Juarez takes a unanimous decision against Jose Hernandez in the chief support and it's almost time. "The World Awaits" - not for much longer...

"If it goes to points there will only be one winner - Floyd. Hopefully, Oscar's power punches will be able to force a stoppage."
Manta on the 606 message boards

0358: Mayweather is bandaged up already and his gloves are on. De la Hoya's trainer Freddie Roach looks on to make sure it's all being done correctly. Mayweather, like De la Hoya next door, is looking pensive. The mucking about is well and truly over.

0352: The MGM Grand is buzzing now, the ringside seats are almost full and I'm guessing we're about 20 minutes from show time. Shades of Hagler-Leonard about this evening - certainly the world is getting a little glimpse of what boxing used to be like tonight.

0348: Floyd Mayweather snr takes his seat at ringside. Floyd snr, of course, used to be both his son and De la Hoya's trainer, but for reasons to complicated to go into right now, it's just a watching brief for him tonight.

0342: Just seen De la Hoya getting his hands bandaged by his trainer Freddie Roach. De la Hoya looks as he should look - stern, slightly nervous, albeit with an air of serenity. Oscar's been here before - although even he may not have experienced anything like this.

0340: The MGM Grand is filling out as Rocky Juarez goes through his paces against Jose Hernandez on the undercard. Juarez has twice been the distance with the legendary Marco Antonio Barrera, and Hernandez was down in the second.

A few mind-boggling figures to throw at you: De la Hoya has generated 245m in pay-per-view revenue alone since 1995. This clash is set to surpass the record 2m pay-per-view sales set by Tyson-Evander Holyfield II in 1997. The fight has already set a record for the biggest live gate at 9.6m, surpassing the Holyfield-Lennox Lewis rematch in 1999. The bout will be seen in 176 countries. Who said boxing was dead?

0330: Almost there folks - not sure about you, but I'm like a small child on Christmas eve. Let's hope we get the boxing equivalent of a brand new BMX rather than a set of encyclopaedias. Fifty thousand fans have paid 25 each to watch the fight on closed-circuit TV in various casinos and hotels on The Strip - this is bigger than jungle, and as we all know, jungle is massive.

"Too much has been said about Mayweather's speed and youth. He's a class act, but if you look at his record, his last fight against a REAL world-class contender was in 2002. De la Hoya's been fighting world-class regularly. He's also been sparring with Shane Mosley so speed won't be an issue. De La Hoya in eight."
AFC on the 606 messageboard

"If this fight took place three years ago, then it would have been Oscar, and I hope it still is. But speed kills, and 'Pretty Boy is the fastest out there right now."
Laurie on the 606 messageboard


SEE ALSO
Sparring with Mayweather
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01 May 07 |  Boxing
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