Felix Trinidad vs. Oscar De La Hoya
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|Date||September 18, 1999|
|Venue||Mandalay Bay Events Center|
|Title(s) on the line||WBC & IBF World Welterweight Unification|
|Tale of the tape|
|Trinidad won via majority decision.|
Félix Trinidad vs. Oscar De La Hoya, billed as The Fight of the Millennium, was a boxing match held at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on the Las Vegas Strip on September 18, 1999, to unify the WBC and IBF's world Welterweight championships.
After twelve tensely fought rounds, Trinidad was declared winner by a majority decision.
Planned by promoters Bob Arum and Don King, it pitted WBC world champion Oscar De La Hoya, a Los Angeles native, versus Puerto Rican IBF world champion Félix Trinidad. It was the last of the so-called superfights of the 20th century.
The opening 4 rounds were competitive as Trinidad seemed to have ring generalship and De La Hoya's scored with some quick flurries. The first 4 rounds are hotly debated among media and fan scores. De La Hoya let his hands go in the middle rounds. However, he backtracked from rounds nine to twelve, feeling he was comfortably ahead after his corner had told him he was; Trinidad thus became more aggressive, allowing him to win the last few rounds on the judges' score cards.
The bout set the pay-per-view record for a non-heavyweight fight with 1.4 million buys on HBO, until it was broken by De La Hoya-Mayweather on May 5, 2007. It set the record 2.4 million buys, the most in boxing history until that was surpassed by Mayweather-Pacquiao in 2015 with the record of 4.4 million buys.
- Steve Springer (September 23, 1999). "Four days after his controversial loss to Felix Trinidad, Oscar De La Hoya sits down and watches the fight with the Times and says: 'I demand a rematch'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2019-02-24.