6. Felix Trinidad def. Oscar De La Hoya
September 18, 1999
Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino; Las Vegas, Nevada
This fight was dubbed the “Fight of the Millennium”, a battle between two undefeated superstars to unite the WBC and IBF welterweight titles. Though the fight itself, some would argue, fell short of the hype, the controversial outcome was one that was hotly-debated, especially considering the stakes.
The Golden Boy dominated the early goings of the fight, and when his corner ascertained that they had enough of a lead on the scorecards, turned to dancing and avoiding in the final rounds, which allowed Trinidad to close in.
But many still feel that De La Hoya did enough in the early to middle rounds to win despite essentially conceding the last three rounds by not going on the offensive. Consider: the Compubox stats had him edging Trinidad 263 punches landed to 166. The edge of 97 punches is huge, and even more so when you realize that he was criticized for “running” and not throwing punches in the final three rounds.
Two of the judges scored it 115-113 and 115-114 for Trinidad while one scored it a 114-114 draw. Strangely enough, a rematch between the two fighters was never scheduled.