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Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s greatest fights, No. 1: Oscar De La Hoya
Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s greatest fights, No. 1: Oscar De La Hoya

For years, Floyd Mayweather Jr. believed, the most significant impediment to his ability to collect the riches his boxing talents deserved was Oscar De La Hoya. While both fought under the Top Rank Promotions banner, De La Hoya was the true “Golden Boy,” his 1992 Olympics story of earning a gold medal following the cancer death of his mother winning hearts and fans internationally. Mayweather was dealt a disputed bronze medal in the 1996 Games and the Michigan-raised son of a boxing family seethed about being treated as a B-list fighter by Top Rank. He didn’t possess the charm and knockout power of De La Hoya, but Mayweather believed his universal skill was...

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