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Floyd Mayweather’s pro debut (1996) | Facts, stats & highlights (Ouch!)

By Leroy Cleveland - July 1, 2022

Floyd Mayweather TKO 2 Roberto Apodaca

October 11, 1996

Venue: Texas Station Casino

Location: Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

Broadcast: ESPN Friday Night Fights

Referee: Kenny Bayless

Division: Spr Featherweight (Although theoretically lightweight as Mayweather was a pound over)

Weights: Mayweather 131 lbs, Apodaca 130 lbs

Floyd Mayweather: Pro debut stats & facts

  • As an amateur boxer, Mayweather won a bronze medal in the featherweight division at the 1996 Olympics, three U.S. Golden Gloves championships (at light flyweight, flyweight, and featherweight), and the U.S. national championship at featherweight.
  • Apodaca, also making his pro debut, went 0-4 in his career.
  •  ·      Analyst Al Bernstein can be heard saying, “Floyd Mayweather is a power puncher. He’s a guy that can hurt you and knock you out with one punch.”Mayweather, tall and rangy for this division, was a different fighter at super-featherweight.

·      Apodaca went to a knee after a hard hook to the body in Round 1

·      Just one-half minute into the second, another left hook to the liver floored Apodaca who was obviously in a lot of pain.

·      Referee Kenny Bayless, during the count for the second knockdown, decided to call a halt to the action

·      According to ESPN, Mayweather landed 49% of his punches while Apodaca landed only two shots total.

  • As a professional boxer, Mayweather competed between 1996 and 2017, retiring with an undefeated record and winning 15 major world championships from super featherweight to light-middleweight.

  • This includes the Ring magazine title in five weight classes and the lineal championship in four weight classes (twice at welterweight). 

    Mayweather was named “Fighter of the Decade” for the 2010s by the Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA), a two-time winner of The Ring magazine’s Fighter of the Year award (1998 and 2007), a three-time winner of the BWAA Fighter of the Year award (2007, 2013, and 2015), and a six-time winner of the Best Fighter ESPY Award (2007–2010, 2012–2014).

    In 2016, ESPN ranked him the greatest boxer, pound for pound, of the last 25 years.

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