Floyd Mayweather famously told DeMarcus Corley to 'stop crying and fight' in 2004

  • Tom Ward
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Floyd Mayweather told former opponent DeMarcus Corley to ‘stop crying and fight’ in the eighth round of their fight – before forcing him to take the count.

The 45-year-old boxing legend moved up to super-lightweight for the first time in May 2004 up against ‘Chop Chop’ at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Mayweather beat Corley on points but had to overcome a massive right hand in the fourth hand which left him backing up against the ropes on wobbly legs.

But it was in the eighth round where Mayweather taunted his opponent after taking control of the centre of the ring.

After cracking Corley with a couple of unanswered shots to the face, Mayweather resumed his offensive, before taking a bit of a breather as the referee intervened to stop the scrap.

Then with their faces just a few metres apart, Mayweather said to Corley: “Stop crying and fight.”

Mayweather has often been accused of being a defensive fighter, boxing’s cardinal sin.

However, as this fight showed, he wasn’t afraid to get down and dirty with his opponents.

WATCH: Floyd Mayweather taunts DeMarcus Corley ‘stop crying and fight’

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During an interview with Michigan Live, Corley was asked to reflect on his fight with Mayweather ahead of the latter’s fight with Robert Guerrero in 2013.

After insisting he had the power to hurt him, the 47-year-old said: “Floyd had handspeed that I couldn’t match. 

“Me being the first southpaw he fought, one of the tactics he learned was when fighting a southpaw you have to break your opponent down, starting with the body first.”

Corley, a veteran of the ring with 85 fights to his name, last fought in March 2021.

‘Chop Chop’ admitted he quit during his Bare Knuckle debut against Reggie Barnett Jr at BKFC 16 in Mississippi because he didn’t want to get hurt.

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Speaking on Bare Knuckle News, he said: “It was a great night tonight, man, and I want to take my hat off to Reggie he came to fight.

“It was a great experience. There was a very fast pace in there. Reggie caught me some good shots.

“I got a little exhausted, and I took my hat off to Reggie.

“I told my cornerman we could have done another round, but I didn’t want to get hurt. And (my corner) stopped the fight.

“It was a great experience being in there. It’s very fast-paced. It’s rushing. But it’s a gladiator sport.

“I was happy to be a part of it for the first time. I would consider doing this one more time.”

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