Oscar De La Hoya vs Ricardo Mayorga WBC light-middleweight championship Billed "Danger Zone" full original on-site ticket, 6th May 2006, MGM Grand, Las Vegas.
At stake: Mayorga's WBC light middleweight title. Scenario: The brash Nicaraguan who also wrangled De La Hoya with his trash talking, ha made a name for himself by twice defeating capable Vernon Forrest, by his overwhelming aggressiveness and rock solid chin. However, a boxer with limited ability and speed who charges head first into his opponent had little chance aginst a fighte of De la Hoya's ability. The result was sensational but not suprsing. Result: 3 knock downs en route to a sixth round knockout.
Oscar De La Hoya (born February 4, 1973) Mexican American nicknamed "The Golden Boy," De La Hoya won a gold medal at the Barcelona Olympic Games shortly after graduating from James A. Garfield High School.
De La Hoya was born in East Los Angeles, California, and comes from a boxing family. His grandfather Vicente, father Joel Sr. and brother Joel Jr. were all boxers. De La Hoya was The Ring's "Fighter of the Year" in 1995 and Ring Magazine's top-rated Pound for Pound fighter in the World in 1997 & 1998. De La Hoya officially announced his retirement from the sport at a press conference held in Los Angeles on April 14, 2009.
De La Hoya has defeated 17 World champions and has won ten World titles in six different weight classes. He has also generated more money than any other boxer in the history of the sport, an estimated to about roughly over $700 million pay-per-view income.
De La Hoya founded Golden Boy Promotions, a combat sport promotional firm. He is the first American of Hispanic descent to own a national boxing promotional firm and one of the few boxers to take on promotional responsibilities while still active.
De La Hoya's amateur career included 234 wins, 163 by knockout, with only six losses. Of those six losses, two came at the hands of Shane Mosley.
In 1989, he won the National Golden Gloves title in the bantamweight division. In 1990, at the age of 17, he won the U.S. National Championship at featherweight and was the youngest U.S. boxer at that year’s Goodwill Games, winning a gold medal. The joy of victory was tempered by the news that his mother, Cecilia, was terminally ill with breast cancer. She died in October 1990, expressing the hope that her son would one day become an Olympic gold medallist.
With the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain, approaching, De La Hoya turned his mother’s dream into a strong focus for his training. After an upset victory in the first round over the Mexican boxer Julio Gonzalez, De La Hoya defeated Marco Rudolph of Germany to win gold. The U.S. media publicized his quest to fulfill his mother's dying wish and dubbed him with the nickname "The Golden Boy," which has remained with him throughout his career.
Professional Career - Super-Featherweight
On November 23, 1992, De La Hoya made his professional debut by scoring a first round TKO victory. In his twelfth professional fight, he won his first World title at age 20, stopping Jimmy Bredahl (16–0) in the tenth round to win the WBO Super Featherweight title. He defended the title once, stopping Giorgio Campanella (20–0) in three rounds.
On July 29, 1994, he knocked out Jorge Páez (53–6–4) in the second round to win the vacant WBO Lightweight title. In his first title defence, he defeated John-John Molina (36–3), who had recently vacated his IBF Super Featherweight title, by unanimous decision.
De La Hoya vs Ruelas Unification
On May 6, 1995, De La Hoya defeated IBF lightweight champion Rafael Ruelas (43–1–0) in a unification bout. De La Hoya knocked Ruelas down twice before the fight was stopped in the second round. The IBF then ordered De La Hoya to defend against Miguel Julio.
He relinquished the IBF title and defended the WBO title against undefeated Genaro Hernández (32–0–1), who relinquished the WBA super-featherweight title to fight De La Hoya. Hernandez quit after six rounds because of a broken nose. In his sixth and final defence of the WBO lightweight title, he knocked out Jesse James Leija (30–1–2) in three rounds.
Light-Welterweight - Chávez vs De La Hoya
On June 7, 1996, Oscar De La Hoya fought Mexican legend Julio César Chávez (96–1–1) for the Lineal & WBC Light-welterweight championship. De la Hoya, with a record of 21–0 with 19 K.Os, defeated Chavez by a fourth round TKO. The fight was stopped due to a bad cut suffered by Chavez. Until their rematch in 1998, Chávez stated that De La Hoya did not defeat him since the fight was stopped. De La Hoya successfully defended his titles with a twelve round unanimous decision against undefeated former WBC Lightweight Champion and number one light welterweight contender Miguel Ángel González (41–0–0).
Welterweight - Whitaker vs De La Hoya
On June 12, 1997, De La Hoya moved up to the welterweight division and fought Pernell Whitaker (40–1–1). The fight proved to be a difficult one. De La Hoya won a disputed twelve round unanimous decision to capture the Lineal and WBC titles. He also became the Ring Magazine's number one ranked pound-for-pound fighter.
Oscar De La Hoya vs Julio César Chávez II
On September 13, 1997, he defeated Héctor Camacho (63–3–1) by unanimous decision. On September 8, 1998, he fought a rematch with Julio César Chávez (100–2–2) and defeated him by eighth round TKO. In his next bout, he faced undefeated former WBA Welterweight Champion Ike Quartey (34–0–1) and won by a somewhat disputable split decision.
De La Hoya was knocked down once in the fight, while Quartey was down twice. He then defeated Oba Carr (48–2–1) by eleventh round TKO.
De La Hoya vs Trinidad Unification
After seven defences of his Lineal/WBC welterweight titles, De La Hoya fought rival and IBF Champion Félix Trinidad (35–0) on September 18, 1999, in one of the biggest pay-per-view events in history, setting a record for a non-heavyweight fight. Oscar dominated the vast majority of the first nine rounds, staying just outside of Trinidad's range while generating much success with his stiff jab and blitzing combinations. But in the last 2-3 rounds of the fight, heeding the strict instructions of his corner who felt that De La Hoya was way ahead on the scorecards, De La Hoya shut down much of his offense and evaded trading with Trinidad. De La Hoya virtually gave away the last couple of rounds. Though landing well over 100 more punches, Trinidad was ultimately awarded a majority decision. The judges scorecards came under question after the decision. Fans and boxing analysts called for a rematch, which never happened.
De La Hoya vs Mosley
On February 26, 2000, De La Hoya knocked out Derrell Coley (34–1–2) in a WBC eliminator. The WBC awarded De La Hoya their welterweight title, which he lost, to Shane Mosley (34–0) by a split decision on 17 June 2000, giving De La Hoya the first sound defeat of his pro career. The fight was a disputed decision, with one judge scoring the fight 115–113 for De La Hoya, and the other two scoring it 116–112 and 115–113 for Mosley.
De La Hoya took promoter Bob Arum to court in the fall of 2000, trying to break his contract with the promoter. The courts ruled in favour of De La Hoya in February 2001.
Tempers flared during the battle and reached a low in March 2001, when De La Hoya called Arum racist in a newspaper interview and then apologized for the remarks.
"I don't have blue eyes and I am not white, but a Mexican arriving on the cusp of fame, and that is what they do not support," De La Hoya told La Opinion in 2001. "Bob Arum's people hope I lose because they can't see a Mexican above them, and also that he defeated one of the biggest Jews to come out of Harvard."
De La Hoya defeated Arturo Gatti (33–4) by fifth round TKO on March 24, 2001.
He then moved up to light-middleweight, challenging the Spanish Lineal/WBC champion Javier Castillejo. De La Hoya dominated the fight, winning almost every round and knocking Castillejo (51–4) down with ten seconds to go to win the title by a unanimous decision.
Rivalry with Fernando Vargas
De La Hoya did not fight for the 15 months and in this time the rivalry between him and WBA champion "Ferocious" Fernando Vargas (22–1) grew. They knew each other as amateurs and it is said the rivalry began when Vargas was angered by De La Hoya laughing at him after he fell into a snowbank. De La Hoya said he would never fight him.
Eventually, however, De La Hoya accepted a match. The fight was scheduled for early 2002, but De La Hoya had to withdraw because of a hand injury.
The unification bout, labelled "Bad Blood," finally took place on September 14, 2002, at the Mandalay Bay on the Las Vegas Strip. The fight was even for the first six rounds, with Vargas landing punches on the ropes in the odd rounds, while De La Hoya outboxed him in the even rounds. De La Hoya took over the fight in the seventh round and hurt Vargas with a left hook in the tenth. In the next round, De La Hoya knocked Vargas down with a left hook and stopped him moments later. The win is widely considered to be the biggest of De La Hoya's career. Vargas tested positive for stanozolol after the fight.
De La Hoya vs Mosley II
De La Hoya defended his unified title against Yori Boy Campas (80–5) with a routine seventh round stoppage then faced Shane Mosley (38–2) in a rematch. The fight, billed as "Retribution" and staged at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, was more of a boxing match than their first encounter, and while some rounds were close, De La Hoya's game plan utilizing his jab seemed to be paying off, leaving Mosley visually frustrated. It was De La Hoya who seemed to be landing the cleaner, more effective punches, and obliterated Mosley in Compubox, landing over 100 more. But judges apparently didn't see it that way awarding Mosley with the controversial unanimous decision. Mosley was later connected to the BALCO Labs steroid scandal. Jeff Novitzky, a lead investigator on the BALCO case, reported that documents seized from the lab show that Mosley received "the clear" and "the cream," both designer steroids. Mosley reportedly began his doping regimen prior to his rematch with Oscar De La Hoya. Mosley would later admit to using performance-enhancing drugs from BALCO for this bout, saying he thought they were legal supplements.
Middleweight - Sturm vs De La Hoya
De la Hoya next challenged Felix Sturm (20–0) for the WBO middleweight title on June 5, 2004, and a shot at the undisputed World middleweight champ Bernard Hopkins. De La Hoya was awarded a unanimous decision, becoming the first boxer in history to win World titles in six different weight divisions. All three judges scored the bout 115–113 in favour of De La Hoya. The decision was very controversial, far more so than his decision wins over Pernell Whitaker or Ike Quartey: Whereas the Whitaker & Quartey fights were considered close bouts that could've gone either way (or called a draw), the feeling from most is that De La Hoya flat-out lost to Sturm. Compubox counted Sturm as landing 234 of 541 punches, while counting De La Hoya as landing 188 of 792. There had been some rumblings throughout the boxing community that the decision was made to insure that De La Hoya would fight Hopkins, a mega-dollar fight that would've drawn more money than a Hopkins-Sturm matchup would.
Iain Darke of Skye Sports said the decision looked "tailor made" to set up De La Hoya versus Hopkins. "(De La Hoya) got the benefit of high charity," Darke said. Sturm & his promotional team, Universum Box-Promotion, filed a protest with the Nevada State Athletic Commission over the decision, but it was to no avail, and the decision still stands today.
Hopkins vs De La Hoya
De La Hoya fought Bernard Hopkins (44–2–1) in a unification match on September 18, 2004 in Las Vegas. Hopkins held the WBC, WBA, and IBF middleweight titles, was recognized as Lineal and The Ring champion, and was considered by many to be the number one pound for pound fighter in the World.
Although the fight was at a catchweight of 158 pounds (72 kg), many thought De La Hoya was too small for the weight class and Hopkins was considered a heavy favourite.
Several days before the fight, De la Hoya's hand was cut when his hand wraps were being cut off after training. The cut required eleven stitches.
De La Hoya fought a tactical fight. After eight rounds, De La Hoya was ahead 77–75 on one scorecard. He was behind 78–74 and 79–73 on the other two scorecards. In the ninth round, Hopkins knocked out De La Hoya with a left hook to the body. It was the first time in De La Hoya's career that he was knocked out.
De la Hoya later said he couldn't get up because the pain of a well placed livershot is unbearable. Despite losing, De La Hoya made over $30 million from the fight.
Bob Arum claimed De La Hoya took a dive. Although it may not have mattered as it appeared Hopkins was going to win the bout one way or another. Like Mosley, Hopkins would get a job with Golden Boy Promotions.
De La Hoya responded, "So now he's going to attack me left and right. He's going to keep saying that I took a dive against Hopkins and that I'm in this only for the money. I can't stop him from saying those things. I think he's hurt. He's hurt because I chose not to stay with him until the end of my career.
Comeback - Mayorga vs De La Hoya
De La Hoya took a layoff of 20 months before signing to fight WBC light-middleweight title-holder Ricardo Mayorga (27–5–1). In the buildup to the fight, Mayorga insulted everything from De La Hoya's sexuality to his wife and child, but when they fought on May 6, 2006, De La Hoya knocked Mayorga down in the first minute of the fight with a left hook. He knocked him out in the sixth round to take his tenth World title.
De La Hoya vs Mayweather
In early 2007, De La Hoya signed to defend his title against WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather, Jr. (37–0–0)De La Hoya was a two to one underdog in the fight.
The fight took place on May 5, 2007. De La Hoya pressed throughout all the rounds, doing his best when he used his left jab. Mayweather controlled the later rounds and was ultimately rewarded with a split decision victory in front of a sold-out arena at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Chuck Giampi saw the fight 116–112 for Mayweather, while Jerry Roth also scored it for Mayweather at 115–113. Tom Kaczmarcek ruled for De La Hoya 115–113. The Associated Press had Mayweather winning 116–112.
Although Oscar was the obvious aggressor, chasing Mayweather and throwing many combinations, Mayweather dominated the stats, according to Compubox, connecting on 207 of his 481 total punches thrown. De La Hoya threw more punches 587 but landed only 122.
On May 3, 2008, at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California, De La Hoya fought Steve Forbes (33–5) in a tuneup for a possible rematch with Mayweather. De La Hoya showed a more relaxed style, throwing a constant jab and always staying on his toes. He opened a cut near Forbes' eye in the sixth round.
On June 6, 2008, Floyd Mayweather, Jr. announced his retirement from boxing, effectively ending talk of a rematch.
De La Hoya vs Pacquiao
De La Hoya faced Manny Pacquiao (47–3–2) on December 6, 2008 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Presented by Golden Boy Promotions and Top Rank, Inc., the bout was a twelve round non-title fight at the 147-pound (67 kg) welterweight limit. Although Manny Pacquiao went into the fight recognized as the leading pound for pound boxer in the World, some pundits speculated that 147 pounds could have been too far above his natural weight against the larger De La Hoya.
However, Pacquiao's trainer Roach was confident of a victory as he stated that De La Hoya could no longer "pull the trigger" at that stage of his career. De La Hoya, who was favoured to win the bout due to his size advantage, was expected to be the heavier of the two on fight night. However, though Pacquiao weighed 142 pounds (64 kg) and De La Hoya 145 pounds (66 kg) at the official weigh-in on Friday, De La Hoya entered the ring at 147 pounds to Pacquiao's 148.5 pounds (67.4 kg).
De La Hoya took a beating and his corner stopped the fight after the eighth round. Pacquiao was ahead on all three judges' scorecards before the stoppage, with two judges scoring the fight 80–71 and the other judge scoring it at 79–72. After the bout, Pacquiao's trainer Freddie Roach stated, "We knew we had him after the first round. He had no legs, he was hesitant and he was shot." Confirming Roach's pre-fight predictions that he'd grown too old, De La Hoya crossed the ring to Pacquiao's corner after the bout was stopped and told Roach, "You're right, Freddie. I don't have it anymore." When asked by reporters whether he would continue fighting, De La Hoya responded, "My heart still wants to fight, that's for sure," De La Hoya said. "But when your physical doesn't respond, what can you do? I have to be smart and make sure I think about my future plans." During the first episode of the HBO 24/7 Pacquiao–Hatton series, Roach had said he saw IV marks on De La Hoya's arm, pointing out that he needed to be rehydrated surgically as a last resort.
De La Hoya announced his retirement on April 14, 2009, ending any speculation about a potential fight with Julio César Chávez Jr.
De La Hoya was accused in a lawsuit of rape in 1998. The lawsuit, filed in San Bernardino (Calif.) County Superior Court, alleged that De La Hoya raped a woman, who was 15 at the time, in a hotel room in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, in June 1996.
The case was settled out of court in 2001.
In 2000, he released a Grammy-nominated CD, entitled Oscar De La Hoya. Released through EMI International. The self-titled CD is a Latin pop album with 13 tracks in both English and Spanish written by Diane Warren and the Bee Gees.
On October 5, 2001, De La Hoya married Millie Corretjer.
They have two children together: Oscar Gabriel (born Dec. 29, 2005) and Nina Lauren Nenitte (born Dec. 29, 2007).
He also has three other children from previous relationships: a son Jacob with Toni Alvarado, a son Devon with Angelique McQueen and a daughter Atiana with Shanna Moakler.
On December 12, 2002, the Consulate General of Mexico in Los Angeles granted De La Hoya Mexican citizenship. De La Hoya stated: "I've always felt that my blood is Mexican."
In 2004, he debuted a clothing line of casual, and active-inspired apparel through Mervyns department stores. In the summer of 2004, De La Hoya starred in and hosted a boxing reality television series on Fox and Fox Sports Net titled The Next Great Champ.
In 2005, Golden Boy Enterprises announced the formation of Golden Boy Partners, a company focused on urban development in Latino communities.
This fictional picture book was the 2007 Bilingual Children's Picture Book of the year.
In 2006, De La Hoya authorized a children's picture book titled Super Oscar published by Simon & Schuster and released in his name. The book was written by noted children's author Mark Shulman and illustrated by children's illustrator Lisa Kopelke. The book tells the story of young Oscar as a daydreamer, who uses his great physical ability to prepare an elaborate picnic for his entire neighbourhood in just fifteen minutes. Written in English and Spanish, the book received unanimously positive reviews from the publishing review journals. Super Oscar was selected as the winner of the 2007 Latino Book Awards Best Bilingual Children's Picture Book of the year.
In September, 2007, De La Hoya's company Golden Boy Enterprises acquired The Ring, KO Magazine, World Boxing Magazine and Pro Wrestling Illustrated from Kappa Publishing Group.
In late 2007, photographs featuring De La Hoya cross-dressed in company of a woman not his wife were posted on a tabloid website and received extensive publicity across the internet.
De la Hoya has denied the authenticity of the photos. His lawyer stated, "The photographs depicting Mr. De La Hoya's image that were posted online today by an obscure paparazzi Web site are fake. Many of the Web site's viewers (as reflected in postings on the site) identified the photos as 'a really bad photoshop job.' Unfortunately, with today's technology, anyone can make any photo seem like something other than it is."
In September 2007, Mila Dravnel, the woman who sold the photographs, recanted her allegations against De La Hoya and denied the authenticity of the photographs. However, in May 2008, Dravnel sued De La Hoya for slander, but she dropped the lawsuit after experts determined the photographs had been digitally doctored. However, in De La Hoya's August 2011 interview with Univision, he confirmed that it was indeed him in the leaked 2007 photos.
On May 1, 2007, the Staples Center sports arena announced that a 7-foot (2.1 m) bronze statue of Oscar De La Hoya would join similar tributes to Los Angeles sports stars Magic Johnson and Wayne Gretzky at Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles. The statue was unveiled on December 2, 2008.
De La Hoya in 2010.
In February, 2008, Golden Boy acquired a 25% stake of Major League Soccer side Houston Dynamo, along with Brener International Group.
De La Hoya started a charitable foundation to help underprivileged youth to education. In 2008, he donated $3.5 million to the De La Hoya Animo Charter High School.
In June 2008, De La Hoya published his autobiography entitled "American Son".
He is a member of the 2008 United States Olympic Hall of Fame.
Oscar De La Hoya is on the front covers of the PS3, Xbox 360 and PSP versions of EASports' Fight Night Round 3.
In 2008, De La Hoya starred in a commercial alongside several Mexican boxing champions for Pronosticos lottery in Mexico. The 300 film inspired commercial featured the Mexican champions battling giants and other large creatures.
In early 2011, De La Hoya visited U.S. military personnel in Kuwait and Iraq under the auspices of the USO, holding boxing clinics and greeting the troops.
In May 2011, De La Hoya acknowledged he has a problem, but the nature of the issue was not revealed. "After doing an honest evaluation of myself, I recognize that there are certain issues that I need to work on. Like everyone, I have my flaws, and I do not want to be one of those people that is afraid to admit and address those flaws." He underwent treatment at the Betty Ford Center in Rancho Mirage, California for his alcoholism.
In September 2013, just a few days before the Golden Boy promoted match of Floyd Mayweather vs Saúl Álvarez, De La Hoya announced that he was returning to a drug and alcohol treatment facility to address his disease.
* 1989 Gold Medalist National Golden Gloves
* 1990 Gold Medalist US National Championships
* 1990 Gold Medalist Goodwill Games
* 1991 Gold Medalist US National Championships
* 1991 Gold Medalist US Olympic Festival
* 1992 Gold Medalist World Championships
* 1992 Gold Medalist Olympic Games
Ricardo Mayorga (born October 3, 1973 in Managua, Nicaragua). He is the former WBA/WBC Welterweight champion and the former WBC Junior Middleweight champion.
He holds a fair record of 29-6 with 23 knockouts and 1 draw.
Mayorga is known as "El Matador" for his incredible power, knockout record, and having one of the best chins in the boxing industry. He was featured for the first time on the cover of Ring Magazine on the December 2003 issue, released in October. The cover read "The craziest man in the sport: Mayorga lights up boxing."
Mayorga lost his first pro bout, being beaten by a TKO in the six round of his first professional bout by Humberto Aranda in 1993. He came back in 1994 to win three fights, all by knockout, including the third round knockout win over José Morales, which was his first career win. His first fight in 1995 was also his first fight in Nicaragua, and it was fought for the Nicaraguan Welterweight title. Mayorga won the title when he knocked out Miguel Pérez in six rounds. After two more knockout wins, he defended it in a rematch with Perez, and the second time, he defeated Perez by a knockout in three.
He then took off three years from boxing, and when he returned, in 1998, he beat German Espinales by a knockout in four, but in his next bout, he lost a ten round decision to former Edwin Rosario rival Roger Flores. After the Flores bout, he fought Henry Castillo and suffered his second loss in a row, also by decision in ten.
In his next fight, in 1999, he beat Porfirio Miranda by a knockout in one round. After one more win, he gained revenge against Castillo, defeating him by a knockout in seven, and then he met Jose Cordova for the Central American Welterweight title. He added that belt by beating Cordova by a decision in twelve.
After one more win, Mayorga went to Puerto Rico to meet Cuba's fringe contender Dyobelis Hurtado, a boxer who had faced Pernell Whitaker and Kostya Tszyu in World title tries, among others. Mayorga and Hurtado came up with a technical draw in two rounds, and in his next fight, Mayorga lifted the WBA's Latin American Jr. Middleweight belt with a two round knockout of Marcos Avendano. A rematch with Espinales for the Fecarbox Welterweight title, brought Mayorga exactly the same result as their first encounter: A four round knockout win, and another minor title belt. He won seven more fights in a row, including 2 defences each of his WBA Latin American and Fecarbox belts
On July 28 of 2001, he challenged the WBA's World Welterweight Champion Andrew "Six Heads" Lewis at the Los Angeles Roy Jones Jr.-Julio César González undercard. The fight was declared a no contest after two rounds because both fighters had cuts opened by a headbutt and they were unable to continue.
However, they had a rematch on March 3 of 2002 and Mayorga became the fifth Nicaraguan to win a title, by knocking Lewis out in the 5th round. Even though Lewis was very aggressive in the fight, Mayorga was able to withstand his attacks, and sent a flurry of right crosses which sent Lewis crashing to the canvas. As a result, Mayorga was crowned the new WBA's World Welterweight Champion.
Mayorga and then WBC Welterweight Champion Vernon Forrest quickly signed up for an unification bout, and on January 25, and in front of an HBO Boxing audience, Mayorga upset most boxing critics and experts by dropping Forrest in round one, and once again in round three, winning the fight by a knockout in the third, and becoming the WBA and WBC's Unified World Champion. On July 12, also in front of an HBO boxing audience, Mayorga and Forrest had a rematch, and this time Mayorga retained the title by a 12 round majority decision. The decision caused controversy among some, as many felt Forrest had won the fight. Many people were amused that Mayorga stuck his chin out to Forrest. In an interview, he stated why he did that. "I wanted him to know that he couldn't hurt me," Mayorga said with a smirk after the fight. "I know it's not a wise thing to want to get hit, and Mr King told me after the fight that he doesn't want to see me doing that again, but it's what I wanted to do at the time. I wanted to let him know that I was the boss, I was his daddy, I was the champ."
On December 13, 2003, Mayorga lost his World titles, to Cory Spinks,the son of former heavyweight champion Leon Spinks, by a majority decision in Atlantic City. This came after Mayorga had made tasteless remarks about Spinks's deceased mother. Mayorga apologized after the fight
Mayorga next would have fought for the WBA's version of the World Welterweight title on April 17, 2004 at Madison Square Garden in New York, New York against the Puerto Rican champion, José Antonio Rivera. However, Mayorga showed up with six pounds over the Welterweight division limit, prompting an unexpected debut at the Jr. Middleweight division instead in which he beat Eric Mitchell by decision in twelve rounds
Mayorga was in a training camp for an upcoming fight on October 2 with Félix Trinidad, but Mayorga was arrested on September 3, putting his fight with Trinidad in serious jeopardy. However, soon after, he was arrested at Augusto C Sandino International Airport, and his lawyer obtained permission for him to leave the country because he was leaving the country for a job that he had been contracted to do. Mayorga resumed his training once he arrived to the United States, having to face the criminal charges after his fight with Trinidad. Mayorga dropped Trinidad in round three of their confrontation, but he was dropped himself three times in round eight, the only three times Mayorga had ever been knocked down in his pro career, leading to a technical knockout loss.
On October 5, 2004, three days after his fight with Trinidad, Mayorga announced his retirement from boxing, but he returned to boxing, and, on August 13, 2005, Mayorga became a two division World champion by gaining the vacant WBC World Super Welterweight title with a twelve round unanimous decision over Michele Piccirillo of Italy, in Chicago.
On May 6, 2006 Mayorga lost to Oscar de la Hoya by TKO in the 6th round. Although Oscar de la Hoya had been very inactive in the ring, due to the high personal disregard Mayorga had against him, including saying that Oscar's people are behind Mayorga, and comments about his wife, de la Hoya decided to put the gloves back on and fight Mayorga.
SHOWTIME Boxing showcased Ricardo "El Matador" Mayorga in a boxing match against "The Aztec Warrior" Fernando Vargas on November 23, 2007, at a catch-weight of 164-pounds, 10 pounds higher than the Jr. Middleweight limit. Vargas stated that making 154-pounds was "too much for his body to take". It was rumoured that Vargas had to melt off close to 100 pounds to make 164 lbs.
In a closely contested bout, Mayorga defeated Vargas by majority decision. The scores were 113-113, 114-112, and 115-111. Vargas was knocked down in the 1st and 11th rounds and Mayorga dominated early and later rounds of the fight. Vargas was able to come back and take the middle rounds but he could not keep up at the end and went down once again in the eleventh round. Post-fight, Vargas officially declared his retirement.