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Mayweather beats De La Hoya

May 6, 2007 at 1:18 AM   |   Comments

LAS VEGAS, May 5 (UPI) -- WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. Saturday night beat Oscar De La Hoya in a 12-round split decision in Las Vegas.

Two of the three scorecards had Mayweather winning 116-112 and 115-113, with De La Hoya winning one card by 115-113.

The final round ended with the fighters exchanging a flurry of punches, but most observers felt Mayweather used his superior speed to garner enough points for a win, before the decision was announced to a sellout crowd at the MGM Grand Hotel.

The bout is expected to generate a $100 million revenue take. The pay-per-view revenues succeeded what fight promoters expected before the fight.

As promoter of the fight, De La Hoya was guaranteed $25 million. Mayweather got $10 million.

Mayweather rose to 38-0 with 24 KOs, and De La Hoya fell to 38-5 with 30 KOs.

The 30-year-old Mayweather claimed before the bout that he would retire.

De La Hoya, 34, who last fought in May 2006 -- getting a sixth round TKO against Ricardo Mayorga -- is the only fighter to win world titles in six different weight classes.

He, too, has often talked about retirement.

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