Six Fights That Have Defined Floyd Mayweather Jr.

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  • Mayweather-Hernandez
  • Mayweather-Corrales
  • Mayweather-Gatti
  • Mayweather-De La Hoya
  • Mayweather-Cotto
  • Mayweather-Todorov

Mayweather-Gatti

This June 25, 2005 fight was the first pay-per-view for Mayweather, and he showed a knack for promoting by calling Arturo Gatti a club fighter who didn't deserve to be in the ring with him. A sellout crowd at Atlantic City's Boardwalk Hall thought otherwise, booing Mayweather when he entered the arena held aloft on a throne by four men dressed as Roman gladiators. Mayweather quickly quieted the crowd that had come to see their hometown hero, landing hard counter punches from the opening bell and easily evading the wild punches thrown by Gatti. It was a total mismatch, with the end finally coming after the sixth round when Gatti's corner stopped its fighter from taking further punishment.

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