Mayweather wins welterweight title

Boxing

November 05, 2006

Carlos Baldomir was game, just as advertised. Floyd Mayweather Jr. was brilliant, just as expected.

Mayweather dominated nearly every minute of every round last night in Las Vegas, winning the welterweight title with a lopsided decision to remain unbeaten and set up a possible megafight next year against Oscar De La Hoya.

Baldomir never went down and never appeared in trouble, but his face was bloodied from the first round on and he took punch after punch to the face from the much quicker and much more skilled Mayweather.

Two judges gave Mayweather every round, while a third gave him all but two rounds. The Associated Press had Mayweather winning every round and scored it 120-108.

Mayweather remained unbeaten in his 37th professional fight, and won his 16th title fight. More important, he looked good enough to set up a possible fight with De La Hoya in May that could be one of boxing's richest ever.

"I fought a perfect fight," Mayweather said.

About the only thing Mayweather didn't do was try to go for a knockout against the durable Baldomir, who hadn't lost in eight years. Mayweather said he hurt his right hand in the sixth round, preventing him from going for the knockout.

It didn't take long for Mayweather to figure out the Argentine, a veteran fighter who spent much of his career fighting on undercards before winning big fights against Zab Judah and Arturo Gatti.

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