Floyd Mayweather Beats Ortiz: The 10 Most Dominant Performances of His Career
In Floyd Mayweather’s last fight, he defeated Victor Ortiz to become WBC welterweight champion. In his 42 career wins, Mayweather has had some dominating performances, but some have been more dominant than others.
It’s hard to fault Money May’s performances—he only needs several rounds to suss out his opponents style before going to work on them
Also, being one of the best defensive boxers in the world does have its perks.
Money’s Philly Shell style of defense gives his opponents nightmares, you can call it the ministry of defense—it hardly gets breached.
His defense has also been one of the catalysts in overwhelming some of his opponents.
Let’s take a look at some of his most dominating performances to date.
10. Victor Ortiz
Mayweather took on Victor “ Vicious” Ortiz for his WBC welterweight crown on Sep 17 of 2011.
Mayweather dominated the fight from the outset—landing at will and schooling his younger opponent.
Then in the fourth, the sublime turned to the dramatic as Ortiz who had found little success during the first few rounds had Mayweather on the ropes, throwing punches in bunches.
The wily Mayweather smiled whilst taunting the emotional Ortiz, resulting in the latter lurching forward with a head butt to his face.
Joe Cortez subsequently deducted a point from Ortiz.
After the melee an apologetic Ortiz incessantly apologized and embraced Mayweather, this for the umpteenth time.
As a consequence, Ortiz didn’t hear Cortez call time, thus leaving himself unprotected.
Mayweather took full advantage of the situation connecting flush with a left-right combination which knocked him out and ended the fight.
Controversial though the ending might’ve been, Mayweather still put on masterful performance.
With a buy rate of 1.25 million, the Mayweather vs. Ortiz fight became the second highest grossing non-heavyweight pay-per-view in boxing history.
9. Phillip N’dou
In November of 2001, Mayweather fought the WBC’s No. 1 ranked contender Phillip N’dou.
The South African had the full support from former President Nelson Mandela.
Mandela even gave N’dou his own supposed blue-print formula to beating Mayweather— illuminating to N’dou to use his jab, work the body and that eventually Mayweather’s head would be an inviting target.
Mandela’s blue-print failed on a massive scale.
Mayweather put on an impressive and stylish performance whilst sometimes toying with the South African prize-fighter.
Even though N’dou was a game fighter he had no answer to Mayweather’s left-right salvos during the fight.
The end came in the seventh when Mayweather connected with a flurry of right-hooks to send N’dou to the canvas.
He was unsteady as he beat the count and the fight was stopped at 1:50.
8. Carlos Baldomir
Both Money and Carlos Baldomir were champions going into this fight—Money (IBF welterweight champion) while Baldomir held the Ring and WBC welterweight titles.
Money at the time had the moniker of No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter in the world.
Tata was known as a pressure fighter and had this to say before the fight:
"Mayweather is very good, but I can beat him. I'm going right at him. I'm going to keep attacking and not give him a chance to breathe or move. Mayweather has never fought anyone like me before."
On the night, Tata weighed in at 162 pounds to Money’s 149, and looked sluggish throughout the fight.
Though, Tata did what he said he would do, but with little success—the elusive Money picked him apart, using his jabs and hooks to put a boxing clinic on his lacklustre foe.
The fight went the full 12 rounds with Money winning via unanimous decision and in the process taking Tata’s titles.
7. Ricky Hatton
At this point, Mayweather had relinquished his WBC super welterweight title whilst keeping his Ring and WBC welterweight belts.
He went on a short sabbatical (he calls it retirement) but came back to throw leather with the Brit Ricky “The Hitman” Hatton in December of 2007.
The bout was labelled “Undefeated”— Mayweather was 39-0 going into the fight while Hatton was 43-0.
The Hitman was similar to Arturo Gatti in style, in that he came in throwing and taking punches in equal measure.
His fighting style played right into Mayweather’s hand—like Gatti before him, The Hitman was taken to task.
Mayweather rocked The Hitman with some clean crisp power shots in the eighth round.
The end for The Hitman came in the 10th when Mayweather caught him with his money punch—the “check-hook” a.k.a “the 45.”
The “shovel hook” connected flush on the unsuspecting Hatton’s chin—The Hitman fell head first into the turnbuckle and subsequently hit the deck.
Hatton beat the count, but a couple of Mayweather left-hooks later he was down again, leaving Joe Cortez no option but to bring a halt to proceedings.
6. Oscar De La Hoya
Three fights removed from his clash with Oscar De La Hoya, Mayweather had captured both the IBF (Zab Judah), Ring and WBC world welterweight titles (Carlos Baldomir) in consecutive fights.
DLH at the time was a six-division world champion and the defending WBC super welterweight world champion.
In a hard fought bout, Mayweather won the match via split decision.
Some observers, however, thought he should’ve taken home a unanimous decision win.
The clash generated the highest PPV in boxing history (2.45 million), breaking the previous record of 1.99 million generated for the Evander Holyfield vs. Mike Tyson 2 bout.
For fight, The Golden boy earned $58 million and Mayweather $25 million.
Two fights later, after losing to Manny Pacquiao via TKO, The Golden Boy retired from the sport.
5. Arturo Gatti
By the time these two met in June of 2005, May had relinquished his Ring and WBC lightweight titles to campaign at welterweight.
On the other hand Arturo Gatti was the reigning WBC world welterweight champion.
Even though Gatti was the champion, his three wars with Micky Ward had taken its toll and realistically he was a shadow of his former self.
The matchup was a case of the pugilist vs. the brawler—Gatti was a throwback to the boxing pugs of years gone by (he took punches in bunches without taking a backward step).
May was the complete opposite—at times his defense was impregnable (he’d stick, jab and move out of harms way and most times administered unrequited punishment).
May applied the same tactics with Gatti, only this time he put an absolute clinic on the “Thunder”—he knocked him down in the first and then proceeded to school and embarrass.
After six rounds watching Gatti’s decimation, his corner threw in the towel to save him from any further damage.
In the process May won the WBC title.
4. Diego Corrales
Both Money and the now late Diego Corrales were undefeated when they met in 2001—Money (24-0) and Corrales (33-0).
This was Money’s sixth defense of the Lineal and WBC world super featherweight titles he had captured in 1998 when he upended Genaro Hernández.
Both fighters were also 23-years of age at the time of their meeting.
This was something of a grudge match for the two champions—Money had dedicated the fight to battered women (Corrales had been accused of battering his pregnant wife).
Corrales was later found guilty and sentenced to 14 months in prison.
It’s ironic that Money now faces the same charges as Corrales did.
Still, Corrales was coming off stoppage wins over Derrick Gainer and Roberto Garcia, and from the latter he had won the IBF super featherweight title.
In the fight, Corrales recorded his first ever knockdown—Money sent him to the canvas no less than five-times (three-times in the seventh and twice in the tenth).
After the fifth knockdown, Corrales’ corner stopped the fight amidst Corrales’ protests.
3. Juan Manuel Márquez
Money had just come out his premature retirement period after a 21-month hiatus from boxing.
At that time, his opponent Juan Manuel Márquez was ranked the No. 2 pound-for-pound fighter in the world.
The match was fought at a catchweight of 144 pounds.
At the weigh-in, however, Mayweather was two pounds heavier and was subsequently fined.
This was Mayweather’s second comeback and he didn’t disappoint in this non-title affair.
Mayweather clearly the bigger and stronger of the two (Márquez had moved up in weight from lightweight) dished out a severe punishment to the then Ring, WBA and WBO lightweight champion.
After knocking down Marquez in the second round, he then proceeded to give “Dinamita” a boxing lesson.
Mayweather out landed Marquez with 59% of his 490 punches hitting their target.
In contrast, Marquez was only able to land 12% of 583 punches thrown.
Mayweather won the bout via unanimous decision.
2. Shane Mosley
The five-division world champion took on the veteran and also stylish Shane Mosley in a WBA super welterweight clash, with the title on the line for Mosley only as May had refused to pay the WBA’s sanctioning fees.
In the second round Mosley connected with two hard rights which staggered the Pretty.
After that slight hiccup, it was May that put a clinic on Mosley in one his most dominant performances to date.
In the fourth round Mosley threw seven power punches that missed their mark, making May only the second boxer after Roy Jones Jr to go through a single round in its entirety without being hit with a power punch.
May won the fight via a lop-sided unanimous decision—119-109, 119-109 and 118-110.
1. Angel Manfredy
Two months earlier at just 21, Mayweather had captured the Lineal and WBC world super featherweight titles by defeating then champion Genaro Hernández.
Angel Manfredy came into this fight as the man who had upset the late Arturo Gatti almost 11 months earlier, via TKO in the third round.
In Mayweather’s first defense of the titles, he proved to the boxing world that he was no flash in the pan with a second round stoppage of Manfredy.
With that fight, Mayweather secured the Ring Magazine Fighter of the Year award, and thus a star was born.