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On April 12, 1997, Pernell Whitaker fought Oscar De La Hoya at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas in a welterweight bout that was billed as the match that would crown boxing's new pound-for-pound king.
Buried deep on the undercard of that show was Floyd Mayweather Jr., who knocked out Bobby Giepert in the first round in just his sixth professional fight. Back in his locker room, still at least an hour before Whitaker and De La Hoya would do battle, Mayweather vowed that it wouldn't be long before he was in the starring role.
"I want to be the best and I will be the best," Mayweather said that night, less than a year after winning a bronze medal in the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. "I'm going to be the best ever."
He didn't lack for confidence, even at 20 years old and with a 6-0 record.
There were two fights cards in Las Vegas on that April night in 1997, one in the afternoon at theRead More »from Whole lotta Floyd