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Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. DeMarcus Corley

Light Welterweight

Mayweather, 27, made his 140-pound debut as he clinically dissected former titlist DeMarcus "Chop Chop" Corley, knocking him down twice officially in rounds 8 & 10 and scoring a lopsided decision of 119--108 (twice) and 119--107. The fight was billed as a WBC elimination bout, with the winner earning a shot at 140-pound champ Arturo Gatti.[85]

"Mayweather can flat-out fight," Corley's trainer Don Turner said. "He's like magic. He makes you move into the punches."[85] Mayweather would, after this fight, shortly ascend to No. 1 on the USA TODAY's pound-for-pound rankings with Middleweight Champion Bernard Hopkins at #2.[86]

On January 22, 2005, Mayweather fought against Henry Bruseles in another WBC title eliminator bout. Mayweather easily outclassed Bruseles throughout the first seven rounds. In round 8, Mayweather knocked down Bruseles twice and the fight was stopped. The win over Bruseles made Mayweather the mandatory challenger for Arturo Gatti's WBC Light Welterweight Championship."