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On This Day: Floyd Mayweather hints at greatness with thrashing of Angel Manfredy

Original Floyd Mayweather-Angel Manfredy ringside report from December 19, 1998

THOUGH Angel Manfredy claimed boldly he was going to be the biggest attraction since Muhammad Ali, young Floyd Mayweather appeared more likely to fill the former three-time heavyweight champion’s boots as he pounded out a stunning victory with only 13 seconds left in the second.

Unbeaten Mayweather, the first member of the 1996 US Olympic team to win a ‘world’ title, retained his WBC super-featherweight crown for the first time and notched his 19th win in succession.

Manfredy (9st 4lbs) wearing silver sequin trunks and white leggings, made a dramatic entrance. He flung his red devil’s mask into the crowd, then pointed theatrically to the roof of the 3,000 capacity pavilion at the Miccosukee Hotel Casino as though he was beseeching God.


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