Mayorga, a rough kid, attended a military school growing up in Managua. and didn't participate in other sports until a teacher suggested that he might enjoy boxing. He followed the suggestion and found that he took to it very well. As a resukt, Mayorga won the National Championship and was the Central American Golden Gloves champion as an amateur. He also had 103 amateur victories with only a few losses.
"He's very awkward and just comes forward, winging big shots," Bob Goodman of Don King Productions said. "He's a very heavy-handed guy with a belief in his own ability to knock anyone out. He's really quite a character, and it's quite refreshing. What other champion athlete will tell you that he needs a cigarette and a beer? That's the first thing he said after he won his first world title."
Mayorga Hits the Big Time
Mayorga has had some high-profile fights in his career before becoming a world champion. Two ended, literally, before they started. The first came against two-time world title challenger Diosbelys Hurtado on Nov. 27, 1999, in Carolina, Puerto Rico, and ended in a second-round technical draw. Another came in his first world title fight against WBA welterweight champion Andrew "Six Heads" Lewis on July 28, 2001, in Los Angeles. It went into the books as a second-round no contest. Making just his second start in the United States, Mayorga stung Lewis with a right hand late in the first round, but Lewis suffered a nasty cut on his left eyelid after an accidental clash of heads in the opening seconds of the second round. The ringside physician halted the proceedings immediately after just six seconds had elapsed in the round.
WBA Welterweight Title
The inevitable rematch with Lewis came in Reading, Pa., on March 30, 2002, amidst rumors of Mayorga "sneaking" cigarettes and drinking a few beers after training sessions. Regardless, once Mayorga stepped into the ring he looked strong, confident and fought with a dogged determination. He went so far as to taunt the champion by dropping his gloves to his sides, jutting out his jaw, and letting Lewis pummel him in the face at will, only to remain standing and fire back barrages of combinations, the last of which sent Lewis to the canvas in round five. Referee Rudy Battle determined that Lewis was unfit to continue, and Mayorga scored a technical knockout and walked off with his first world title.
WBC Welterweight Title
From the outset, Forrest appeared to be as perplexed as Lewis had been when facing the Nicaraguan bomber as power shots, thrown from unusual angles, rained down on him from the outset. Mayorga shocked the fans in attendance, experts and the world with a first-round knockdown. Mayorga continued to batter Forrest with bombs—and took his best shots—until referee Marty Denkin waved off the beating in just the third round. Mayorga was now the unified welterweight champion, picking up Forrest's World Boxing Council crown to go with his WBA title.
Mayorga won the rematch with Forrest and was recognized as the most exciting new star in boxing.
Following the wins over Forrest, Mayorga then attempted to become the undisputed world welterweight champion by facing International Boxing Federation champion Cory Spinks. Spinks would win a very close, controversial majority decision.
Trinidad vs Mayorga
In 2004, Mayorga moved up to middleweight to face one of the all-time great boxers in Felix Trinidad who had been retired for 29 months but decided to return to the ring. In a true fight fans' fight, the two combatants came out of their corners and threw punches with bad intentions from the outset. Mayorga fought valiantly but endured a flurry of punches from Trinidad and was eventually stopped.
Mayorga 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.
Major World Titles
WBC Jr Middleweight
WBA Welterweight Super
The Ring Welterweight
MD 12 Fernando Vargas - 2007
UD 12 Michele Piccirillo- 2005
UD 12 Vernon Forrest - 2003
TKO 3 Vernon Forrest - 2003
TKO 5 Andrew Lewis - 2002
NC 2 Andrew Lewis - 2001
TKO 2 Marco A Avendano - 2000
TD 2 Diosbelys Hurtado - 1999
TKO 12 Miguel Cotto - 2011
KO 12 Shane Mosley - 2008
TKO 6 Oscar De La Hoya - 2006
TKO 8 Felix Trinidad - 2004
MD 12 Cory Spinks - 2003
"I come from a country where everything is war," Mayorga said. "Even the women are tough. In Nicaragua, women give birth wherever - in the middle of the street, in the countryside - and with no medical attention. You see that and it puts a totally different persepective on things."