Floyd Mayweather Jr beat Juan Manuel Marquez This Day September 19, 2009
- Floyd Mayweather Jr 146 lbs
- Juan Manuel Marquez 142 lbs
- UD in round 12 of 12
- Location: MGM Grand, Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
- Referee: Tony Weeks
- Judge: Burt A. Clements 120-107
- Judge: Dave Moretti 119-108
Mayweather, who had retired on June 6, 2008, announced his return to the ring on May 2, 2009. His previous fight was a 10th-round TKO of Ricky Hatton on December 8, 2007. Marquez’s previous fight was a 9th-round TKO of Juan Diaz on February 28, 2009.
Marquez had never fought above the 135-pound lightweight limit.
Marquez entered as The Ring Magazine World Lightweight Champion and the publication’s No. 2 pound-for-pound fighter. Mayweather, who was ranked as the the No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter prior to his temporary retirement, was unranked by the publication due to inactivity.
This was the sixth overall and third consecutive fight for Mayweather at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. It was Marquez’s fourth fight at the venue.
Mayweather was guaranteed $10 million, and Marquez was guaranteed $3.2 million. Each fighter also got a percentage of the pay-per-view profits.
The fight was originally scheduled for July 18th but was postponed due to a rib injury suffered by Mayweather.
Six weeks before the fight, Mayweather’s uncle and trainer, Roger Mayweather, was arrested on felony coercion and battery-strangulation charges and later freed on $13,000 bail. He allegedly attacked a female boxer he once trained. Roger later pleaded no contest to two misdemeanor battery charges in a plea deal that avoided a trial and jail time. He was sentenced to a year of probation, 24 weeks of domestic violence counseling, 50 hours of community service and a $1,000 fine.
On the third episode of the HBO series 24/7, which chronicled the two fighters’ training and preparations for the bout, Marquez was shown drinking his own urine. “This is something I have been doing for the past six or seven fights, and it has given me good results,” Marquez said. “If you drink or inject yourself with vitamins, you release them every time you go to the bathroom. Why not put them back in your body orally?”
The weight limit for the fight was originally 144 pounds. Two days before the weigh-in, Mayweather’s team made overtures to Golden Boy Promotions in an effort to have Marquez agree to change weight on the bout agreements to be filed with the Nevada State Athletic Commission. However, Marquez’s contract had already been filed reading 144 pounds, according to commission executive director Keith Kizer. But Kizer said the bout agreement was retrieved from the commission by Golden Boy Promotions and changed to 147 with Marquez initialing it. Mayweather’s contract with 147 pounds was not filed with the commission until minutes before the weigh-in on Friday. Kizer said it was supposed to be filed on Wednesday. Kizer said the Mayweather camp asked to file it Thursday and he said OK, but that deadline also came and went. “We were very unhappy with the lateness of Mr. Mayweather’s contract,” Kizer said. Kizer said that had the bout agreements not been changed to 147, Mayweather would have faced a fine from the commission in addition to whatever penalty he had agreed to pay Marquez, which was $300,000 per pound. For being two pounds overweight, Kizer said the penalty would have been 10 percent of his purse, or $1 million. Had he been three pounds over, the figure would have jumped to a 20 percent fine.
Mayweather was 2½-1 favorite.
Celebrities in attendance included boxers Oscar De La Hoya, Bernard Hopkins, Shane Mosley and Mike Tyson. Also in the crowd was hip hop artist Sean “P Diddy” Combs, actor Arnold Schwarzenegger, and NBA Hall of Famers Charles Barkley and Earvin “Magic” Johnson.
Paul Michael Levesque, better known as the WWE’s Triple H, was part of Mayweather’s ring entourage.
A crowd of 13,116 produced a gate of $6,811,300.
The fight generated 1.08 million pay-per-view buys and $55.6 million in pay-per-view revenue.