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There is nothing, absolutely nothing, about Ricardo Mayorga that can be considered safe for work.
The Nicaraguan made his name by being a beer-chugging, cigarette-puffing wild man before and after his fights.
Mayorga burst on the scene with a stunning knockout victory of the late, previously unbeaten Vernon Forrest in 2003. It was then that the boxing world got its first glimpse of the character that was the madman from Managua, Nicaragua.
When you signed up to face Mayorga, you knew a couple of things off the bat.
One, you were in for a match with a crude, unrefined but eminently tough SOB. And two, you were going to be on the receiving end of very personal, very vulgar verbal assaults from the minute the fight was announced until it was over.
Some of this stuff was plain ugly, and it wasn’t too far beneath Mayorga to often sling ethnic and gender-based slurs at his opponent. He seemed to have a particular dislike for fellow Latino fighters, and he would frequently become unhinged while slinging mud at them in his native tongue.
But nobody received a more vulgar tongue lashing from the Nicaraguan wild man than Oscar De La Hoya.
De La Hoya considered retirement after being knocked out on a body shot by Bernard Hopkins in 2003, but he instead decided to drop back down to junior middleweight and challenge Mayorga for his WBC belt.
Mayorga and De La Hoya had to be separated on at least two occasions during pre-fight events, with Mayorga constantly referring to De La Hoya using homophobic slurs, questioning his manhood and insulting his wife and son.
Coming into fight night, Mayorga had written a lot of checks that his body was unable to cash.
De La Hoya dominated the fight from beginning to end, seeming to enjoy giving Mayorga the pounding of his life. The Nicaraguan was dropped multiple times—the first of which coming in the opening stanza—and was spectacularly stopped on a 20-punch combination in Round 6.
It was little more than a glorified beatdown, and De La Hoya made Mayorga eat all of his words.