PPV BOXING Presents: Floyd Mayweather vs. Carlos Manuel Baldomir Saturday November 4
The fight will be broadcast live on HBO Pay-Per-View , beginning at 9pm ET/6pm PT.
The Mayweather vs Baldomir pay-per-view show is turning out to be packed with action as it was announced that two more fights have been added to the already stellar line-up of televised bouts. The #1 WBO undefeated welterweight contender Paul "The Punisher" Williams (31-0, 23 KOs) will face Jacy Kuhn (15-2-2, 10 KOs) in a special 10-round bout and two undefeated California-based heavyweights in Chris Arreola (17-0, 15KOs) and Damian Wills (21-0-1, 15 KOs) will face each other in a special 8-round contest.
HBO Pay-Per-View will televise three fights live and show highlights from the heavyweight bout presented during the telecast. The additional bouts join the already announced welterweight championship between "Pretty Boy" Floyd Mayweather and Carlos "Tata" Baldomir and the featherweight championship between IBF Featherweight Champion Robert Guerrero, against No. 1 ranked contender Orlando Salido. All bouts are part of "Pretty Risky", presented by Goossen Tutor Promotions in association with Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino.
Mayweather vs Baldomir
Boxing’s universally recognized “Pound-For-Pound” best fighter in the World is set to collide with the premier titleholder in the welterweight division, as “Pretty Boy” Floyd Mayweather and Carlos Manuel “Tata” Baldomir square off for the WBC World Welterweight Championship in an HBO Pay Per View blockbuster on Saturday, November 4, 2006 from the beautiful Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas.
Mayweather vs. Baldomir is looking like the ‘Fight of the Year’ candidate and from a sports fans perspective.
Mayweather is undefeated and has won championships in four separate weight divisions has blossomed into boxing’s global marquee superstar. He feels the challenge he faces November 4 is another step to cementing his legacy as what could be one of boxing’s all time greats.
The supremely talented and flashy 29-year-old Mayweather (36-0, 24 KOs) has established himself as a favorite of fans and boxing insiders alike and one of the greatest stars in the business. With his unblemished professional record and lofty status as the sport’s premier athlete, the Michigan native, now living in Las Vegas, carries the welcomed burden associated with possessing the most coveted title as “pound for pound best” with pride and honor and a willingness to take on all worthy opposition.
Floyd “Pretty Boy” Mayweather Jr, universally recognized as pound-for-pound the best boxer in the world will battle world welterweight champion Carlos Manuel Baldomir at Mandalay Bay event center in Las Vegas, Nevada. Carlos Baldomir vs. Floyd Mayweather Jr has already generated enough excitement to be the biggest and most compelling fight of the year.
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. Baldomir, a crafty boxer as well, turned the tables on the slugger Gatti, by dominating the fight and dropping his opponent to the mat twice in the ninth round before referee Wayne Hedgepeth stopped the bout.
Baldomir—whose size and power will be the real challenge for Mayweather, is boxing’s most recent and best “Cinderella” story. The Argentinean, who hails from the same hometown as the late, great World Middleweight Champion Carlos Monzon—thoroughly upset the boxing applecart with his back-to-back dominating victories over Judah and Gatti in their respective backyards of New York City and Atlantic City, New Jersey earlier this year.
Baldomir’s promoters declare that their fighter will make history by being the first one to defeat Mayweather.
Both Mayweather (36-0, 24 KOs) and Baldomir (43-9-6, 13 KOs) convincingly beat common opponents in the last 15 months: Zab Judah, by unanimous decision, and Arturo Gatti, by stoppages.
WBC welterweight champion Carlos "Tata" Baldomir
(43-9-6, 13 KO's) Los Angeles, California, via Santa Fe, Argentina. 35-years-old, 5'9", 146-pounds, trainer of record Jose Lemos, manager Javier Zapata.
Baldomir is a seasoned pro and a grinder that simply outhustles his opponent. He likes to dictate the pace and control the tempo of the fight by outworking his opponents with busy hands. However, when he faces a puncher, Baldomir is just as adept at staying outside and looking to land sharp counter punches. He is clever, tough, and very awkward but his self-taught style seems to work for him in close quarters. At times he seems crude and clumsy, however, he fights within his own pocket and is a very tough customer if he catches you on the ropes. Going back to March 1999, Baldomir is 19-0-2.
Baldomir is a steady, compact puncher/ brawler that likes to apply heat from the opening round. He has only average power but he will get in your grill and fires leather. An awkward welterweight, Baldomir's unpolished style confuses opponents and often throws them off their rhythm. He is a tough guy but only an average athlete and was only stopped once in his career. Baldomir has got a very good chin, which he needs because his defense is suspect.
Baldomir fires wide looping shots and lacks balance, footwork, and athleticism. In effect, he is a short 34-year-old banger without much power that is prone to cuts above both eyes. Factor in lack of head movement and below average hand speed and you have a somewhat surprising WBC welterweight titleholder.
Challenger Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
(36-0, 24 KO's) Grand Rapids, Michigan. 29-years-old, 5'8", 145 ¾ pounds, trainer of record Roger Mayweather, self-managed.
Mayweather is a rapid-fire combination artist that simply can overpower most mortals with a chainsaw attack of blistering hooks, crosses, uppercuts, bolo punches, overhand and lead right hands. He is probably the most athletic boxer in the profession and he has a rare combination of lateral movement, foot speed and hand speed. He was the entire package at 140 but is now fighting at the 147-pound limit and there is a slight drop off in power output.
Mayweather possibly has the fastest hands in the sport. He can get off with both hands and in the process also embarrass you with his speed. Factor in lateral movement and the ability to feint and then strike before leaving you in the dust. Mayweather's precision punching takes its effect and grinds people down over the distance if he doesn't stop you early.
Well, there is always overconfidence. Mayweather tends to be very cocky and since he has been lionized for so long and Roger Mayweather is the quasi-trainer of record, there is an air of invincibility that seems to surround the training camp. At 5'8" and with small hands for a boxer, Mayweather's power has slipped noticeably. He looked invincible at 135, excellent at 140, however, at 147 he faces his toughest test in Baldomir.