|Born||Ricardo Antonio Mayorga Perez
October 3, 1973
|Other names||El Matador|
|Height||5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)|
|Division||Light Welterweight (140 lb)
Welterweight (147 lb)
Light Middleweight (154 lb)
Middleweight (160 lb)
Super Middleweight (168 lb)
|Reach||69 in (175 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Granada, Nicaragua|
|Professional boxing record|
Ricardo Antonio Mayorga Perez "El Matador" (born October 3, 1973 in Granada, Nicaragua) is a Nicaraguan professional boxer. He is the former WBA/WBC Welterweight champion and the former WBC light middleweight champion. He holds a record of 29-8 with 23 knockouts and 1 draw 1 no contest. 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." He is known for his relentless trash-talking before most of his fights and his smoking and drinking habits outside the ring. He started his career on August 29, 1993 when he lost to Humberto Aranda by a 6th round TKO and after that, he stayed undefeated until he lost again to Roger Benito Flores by UD in the Gimnasio Alexis Arguello in Managua, Nicaragua. He is known for his slow style and to opponents who are not afraid to punch him, he is a very easy target. Ever since he made his debut in 1993, he has captured 3 titles mostly in the Middleweight and Welterweight divisions.
Retirement from Boxing
On March 12, 2011, Mayorga faced Miguel Cotto, in what was a deeply personal feud. During the bout Mayorga suffered a broken finger and in the 12th round, he motioned for the referee to stop the fight. After the match Mayorga announced his retirement from boxing, (he apparently had already made up his mind before the bout and would retire regardless of the outcome) and stated that it was "time to find a new job". Mayorga and Cotto then hugged.
He has since stated that he does not entirely dismiss the possibility of a comeback. Sources close to Mayorga predict between Ricardo Mayorga and Antonio Margarito that's supposedly going to be dubbed: "When villains collide". The winner of the fight having one final shot at resurrecting his career and the loser retiring from boxing, a fight that will entertain fans not only in a press conference, but also in the ring as well.
On March 23, 2013, more rumors came up about Mayorga's future. The rumours implied that Mayorga might take part in a fight against the undefeated Russian middleweight: Dmitry Chudinov, on the undercard of the Denis Lebedev vs. Guillermo Jones fight, but eventually the fight did not take place.
Mixed Martial Arts career
Mayorga was scheduled to make his debut 15 May 2010 against UFC veteran Din Thomas in the Shine Fights: Worlds Collide: Mayorga vs. Thomas card. Don King filed for an injunction the week of the fight to prevent him from participating, claiming Mayorga had an exclusive contract with Don King Promotions (DKP).
Shine Fights stated that Mayorga's contract with DKP was for boxing, and as such did not apply to mixed martial arts. Judge Marc Gold granted the injunction just several hours before the fight. Later on the same day, Shine Fights officials conceded defeat in the matter and Mayorga was pulled off the card.
At the press conference, he was seen typically smoking cigarettes and looked a lot heavier than he usually does. Mayorga got under Thomas' skin with his trash talking and by blowing smoke in Thomas' face. Thomas reacted badly having to be held back by members of his camp, then after it settled Mayorga chopped Thomas in the neck.
Following his retirement from boxing, Mayorga decided to properly embark on a professional MMA career and faced Wesley Tiffer on May 3, 2013. Mayorga was kept on the ground but able to survive round 1. Tiffer continued to grapple with Mayorga on the ground until a controversial illegal knee by Mayorga to Tiffer's spine where he was heard screaming after the blow. Mayorga won via TKO after Tiffer didn't answer the bell on round 3. On May 10, 2013 the Nicaraguan Mixed Martial Arts Commission declared the fight as No Contest for the illegal knee, and suspended Mayorga for 3 months for being 20 pounds over the contracted weight limit of 165-lbs. 
Professional boxing record
|29 Wins (23 knockouts, 6 decisions), 8 Losses (5 knockouts, 2 decisions), 1 Draw, 1 No Contest|
|Loss||29-8-1||Miguel Cotto||TKO||12 (12), 0:53||2011-03-12||MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada||For WBA (Super) Light Middleweight title.|
|Win||29-7-1||Michael Walker||TKO||9 (10), 1:09||2010-12-17||American Airlines Arena, Miami, Florida|
|Loss||28-7-1||Shane Mosley||KO||12 (12), 2:59||2008-09-27||The Home Depot Center, Carson, California||For vacant WBA Inter-Continental Light Middleweight title.|
|Win||28-6-1||Fernando Vargas||MD||12||2007-11-23||Staples Center, Los Angeles, California||For vacant WBC Continental Americas Super Middleweight title.|
|Loss||27-6-1||Oscar De La Hoya||TKO||6 (12), 1:25||2006-05-06||MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada||Lost WBC Light Middleweight title.|
|Win||27-5-1||Michele Piccirillo||UD||12||2005-08-13||United Center, Chicago, Illinois||Won vacant WBC Light Middleweight title.|
|Loss||26-5-1||Félix Trinidad||TKO||8 (12), 2:39||2004-10-02||Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, New York||For vacant NABC Middleweight title.|
|Win||26-4-1||Eric Mitchell||UD||10||2004-04-17||Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, New York|
|Loss||25-4-1||Cory Spinks||MD||12||2003-12-13||Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey||Lost The Ring, WBC & WBA (Super) Welterweight titles.
For IBF Welterweight title.
|Win||25-3-1||Vernon Forrest||MD||12||2003-07-12||The Orleans Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada||Retained The Ring, WBC & WBA (Super) Welterweight titles.|
|Win||24-3-1||Vernon Forrest||TKO||3 (12), 2:06||2003-01-25||Pechanga Resort & Casino, Temecula, California||Retained WBA (Super) Welterweight title.
Won The Ring & WBC Welterweight titles.
|Win||23-3-1||Andrew Lewis||TKO||5 (12), 1:08||2002-03-30||Sovereign Center, Reading, Pennsylvania||Won WBA (Super) Welterweight title.|
|NC||–||Andrew Lewis||NC||2 (12), 0:08||2001-07-28||Staples Center, Los Angeles, California||For WBA Welterweight title.|
|Win||22-3-1||Elias Cruz||TKO||3 (10), 2:48||2001-02-03||Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada|
|Win||21-3-1||Adolfo Salazar||KO||1 (12), 0:41||2000-12-16||Forum Bicentenario, Maracay||Retained WBA Fedelatin Light Middleweight title.|
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|2 matches||1 win||1 loss|
|Loss||0–1–0 (1)||René Martinez||Submission (guillotine)||World Series of Fighting 1: Central America||July 27, 2013||1||1:45||Estadio Nacional de Futbol, Managua|
|NC||0–0–0 (1)||Wesley Tiffer||No contest (illigal kick) Original TKO win||Omega MMA: Battle of the Americas||May 3, 2013||2||5:00||Pharaoh's Casino, Managua||MMA debut, Original TKO win.|
- "Ricardo Mayorga Planning Yet Another Comeback: Wants Julio Cesar Chavez Junior Bout". 2011-03-29. Retrieved 2011-04-05.
- "Shine Fight announces "Worlds Collide: Mayorga vs. Thomas" for May 15 in North Carolina". 2010-02-24. Retrieved 2010-04-28.
- Official Website
- Ricardo Mayorga Fight-by-Fight Career Record
- Professional boxing record for Ricardo Mayorga from BoxRec
|WBA Welterweight Champion
March 30, 2002 – January 25, 2003
José Antonio Rivera
as Regular champion
|WBA Welterweight Super Champion
January 25, 2003 – December 13, 2003
|WBC Welterweight Champion
The Ring Welterweight Champion
January 25, 2003 – December 13, 2003
|WBC Junior Middleweight Champion
August 13, 2005 – May 6, 2006
Oscar De La Hoya