Mayweather Outpoints De La Hoya

Undefeated challenger takes 12-round split decision
By Marie Morris,  Newser Staff
Posted May 6, 2007 12:33 AM CDT
Mayweather Outpoints De La Hoya
Floyd Mayweather Jr., center, poses with his title belts after defeating Oscar De La Hoya in a split decision following their WBC super welterweight world championship boxing match on Saturday, May 5, 2007, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)   (Associated Press)

(Newser) – Floyd Mayweather Jr. captured Oscar De La Hoya's WBC super welterweight title last night in Las Vegas, recording a 12-round split decision and running his record to 38-0.  Two of the three judges gave one of the richest fights in boxing history to the 3-2 underdog, who has won a belt in five different weight classes.

The fight drew a sellout crowd of 17,000 that focused its Cinco de Mayo revelry on rooting for the Mexican-American De La Hoya (38-5). Mayweather played to the spectators by wearing a sombrero into the ring, but they booed when the decision was announced. De La Hoya's consolation was a $25 million payday, to Mayweather's $10 million. (Read more Floyd Mayweather Jr. stories.)

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