Rodriguez turned pro in 1988 and won the International Boxing Federation light welterweight title with a decision win over Charles Murray in 1994. He defended the title twice before losing it in 1995 to Kostya Tszyu. Later that year he took on WBC welterweight title holder Pernell Whitaker, but lost via knockout. He retired in 1997.
|IBF Light Welterweight Champion
13 Feb 1994–28 Jan 1995