LAS VEGAS (September 6, 2006) â€“ Known as boxingâ€™s â€œPretty Boy,â€ and universally recognized as the pound-for-pound king of the ring, Floyd Mayweather, Jr. is set to face what most believe is a pretty risky fight against the very dangerous WBC and Ring magazine Welterweight Champion Carlos Manuel â€œTataâ€ Baldomir Saturday, Nov. 4 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. â€œPretty Riskyâ€ will be presented by Goossen Tutor Promotions, in association with Sycuan Ringside Promotions, and produced and distributed live on HBO Pay-Per-View beginning at
9 p.m. EST/6 p.m. PST.
Tickets priced at $750, $500, $300, $150 and $75 are now on sale at the Mandalay Bay Theatre box office and at all Las Vegas Ticketmaster locations (Tower Records/WOW!, Smithâ€™s Food and Drug Centers, Robinsons-May stores and Ritmo Latino). To charge by phone with a major credit card, call the Mandalay Bay box office at (702) 632-7580 or Ticketmaster at (702) 474-4000. Tickets also are available for purchase at www.mandalaybay.com or www.ticketmaster.com.
â€œThe world knows who the Pretty Boy is, but now Mayweather has his sights on his legacy. Baldomir poses the risk to Mayweather that fans love to embrace, a fighter they believe will be too big, determined and strong,â€ said Dan Goossen, president of Goossen Tutor Promotions. â€œThis is what the great ones do, take on all deserving challenges. Baldomir predicts an upset, Mayweather promises heâ€™s ready for history.â€
Glenn Quiroga, president of Sycuan Ringside Promotions, said, â€œWeâ€™re very aware that Floyd Mayweather, Jr. is undefeated and incredibly talented. However, Baldomir was the underdog against Zab Judah and Arturo Gatti; and everybody in boxing knows what happened in those fights. Itâ€™s said lightning doesnâ€™t strike twice; well, it has, so thereâ€™s no reason it canâ€™t strike a third time.â€
HBO Pay-Per-Viewâ€™s Mark Taffet stated, â€œMayweather is the pound-for-pound king. Baldomir is the welterweight king. On November 4, boxing fans get to see who will reign supreme in this premier matchup.â€
Mayweather, who is undefeated and has won championships in four separate weight divisions, has blossomed toward boxingâ€™s global marquee superstar. He believes the challenge he faces November 4 is another step to cementing his legacy as what could be one of boxingâ€™s all time greats.
â€œRing magazine and the people might recognize Baldomir as the true welterweight champion for now,â€ said Mayweather. â€œCome November there will be a different story to tell and it will all be pretty, for me.â€
Baldomir, whose size and power will be the real challenge for Mayweather, is boxingâ€™s most recent and best â€œCinderellaâ€ story. The Argentinian, who hails from the same hometown as the late, great World Middleweight Champion Carlos Monzon, upset the boxing applecart with his back-to-back dominating victories over Judah and Gatti in their respective backyards of New York and Atlantic City, N.J. earlier this year.
â€œMy time has come and I have no fear of Mayweather, and as a matter of fact, I canâ€™t wait to get my fists on him,â€ said Baldomir. â€œHis pretty looks canâ€™t help him when he steps in the ring and I will continue to show the world that my last fights werenâ€™t the best I can be. I plan on being faster and throwing bigger bombs on every part of Mayweatherâ€™s body. I am very confident and heâ€™ll see Iâ€™m the best welterweight in the world and Iâ€™m going to stay that way.â€
The talented and flashy 29-year-old Mayweather (36-0, 24 KOs) has established himself as a favorite of fans and boxing insiders alike as one of the greatest stars in the business. With his unblemished professional record and lofty status as the sportâ€™s premier athlete, the Michigan native, now living in Las Vegas, carries the welcomed burden associated with possessing the most coveted title as the best â€œpound-for-poundâ€ fighter with pride and honor and a willingness to take on all worthy opposition.
Mayweather, the 1996 Olympic Bronze Medalist, has captured world titles in four weight classes en route to his rise to the top of his profession. In 1998, Mayweather registered an eighth-round TKO over Genaro Hernandez to win the WBC Super Featherweight title in his 18th pro fight. After seven successful defenses of the title, Mayweather moved up in weight and out-pointed Jose Luis Castillo for the WBC Lightweight Championship in April 2002. He later defeated Castillo again in their rematch and defended the lightweight title two more times.
He moved up in weight again in June 2005 and won the WBC Light Welterweight Championship with his overwhelming performance against Gatti, one of the sports true warriors. His stay at 140 pounds was brief, as in his next fight Mayweather stopped former two-time world champion Sharmba Mitchell in a non-title welterweight contest. He then earned a unanimous decision in April 2006 over Judah, the IBF Welterweight king at the time, to add that title to his championship collection.
Baldomir (43-9-6, 13 KOs), who despite not having lost a fight in more than nine years, came out of virtual obscurity in January to upset the heavily favored Judah for his WBC World Welterweight Championship. He has established a worldwide fan base of his own, especially in the Latin market, by demonstrating his commitment to being a relentless champion. Putting his title on the line against the best in Mayweather is testament to Baldomirâ€™s desire to beat the odds again and ensure his own greatness.
Fresh off his stunning victory over Judah, Baldomir signed an eyebrow-raising deal to defend his recently-earned WBC title against three-time world champion Gatti. Baldomir turned the tables on Gatti, a slugger in his own right, by dominating the fight and dropping his opponent to the mat twice in the ninth round before referee Wayne Hedgepeth stopped the bout.
The Mayweather vs. Baldomir battle already is generating the excitement of the biggest and most compelling fight of the year and certainly one most people wonâ€™t want to miss.