Round 12: May 5
By Mauricio Sulaimán – President of the WBC – Son of José
Today, absolutely all Mexicans know the meaning of the
celebration of May 5, for as we know, it’s the Battle of
Puebla, the defense of our territory against the French
Yes, it was the boxing cards in Las Vegas that gave this the
dimension of a national holiday, and for more than 30 years
the most important fights in the world have been taking
place on the weekend close to this date and also that of
Immigrants from Mexico started this tradition of celebrating
May 5 with important fights, mainly in California and Texas
– Puas Olivares, Carlos Zarate and Salvador Sanchez, plus
It was in the 90’s when May 5 and September 16 became a real
fixture for the promoters and the largest television
networks, establishing their annual calendar based on those
Great representatives of Mexico have fought on this
important date. For example, the three great Mexicans in
lower weight categories: Erik “El Terrible” Morales, Juan
Manuel Marquez and Marco Antonio Barrera, also starring
Manny Pacquiao on three dates in Las Vegas The torch has
been handled from legend to legend.
Julio Cesar Chavez passed the torch to Oscar De la Hoya, The
Golden Boy passed it to Floyd Mayweather, who was the owner
of May 5 four consecutive years! And currently, Saul
“Canelo” Alvarez is right up there.
Canelo took pole position in 2016 when he defeated British
Amir Khan defending his WBC middleweight world title. This
was not his first appearance on May 5, as in 2012 he
defeated Shane Mosley on a card he shared with Floyd
In 2017 he defeated Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and in 2018 the
second clash against GGG was scheduled, a fight that had to
be put back until September due to the unfair controversy of
the Clenbuterol positive. Last year he defeated Danny
Jacobs, and just last Saturday there should have been one
more fight in Las Vegas against the Englishman Billy Joe
Some of the great fights held on this iconic weekend of May
Julio Cesar Chavez regains his WBC Super Lightweight World
Championship by defeating Frankie Randall at the 1994 MGM in
Juan Manuel Marquez gets up off the canvas three times in
the first round to magnificently fight back to a draw
against Manny Pacquiao in the first of his four fights, this
one in 2004.
Oscar De la Hoya knocked out Nicaraguan warrior Ricardo
Mayorga in 6 rounds in 2006.
Floyd Mayweather wins the WBC super welter world
championship by beating Oscar De la Hoya in 2007.
Floyd defeats Miguel Cotto and Canelo Alvarez defeats Shane
Mosley in a big doubleheader in 2012.
Floyd defeats Manny Pacquiao in what is the biggest fight in
boxing history in terms of money, highest box office,
highest pay per view event sale and highest earnings for
boxers, this happened in 2015.
WBC COMMEMORATIVE BELTS
The World Boxing Council instituted a special trophy to
commemorate these two Mexican dates, two Mexican dates and
the governing body of the boxing world based in Mexico. It
is a wondrous gift that Mexico and boxing gives the world.
Unique masterpieces, made by indigenous communities
representing the diversity of cultures in our Mexico.
In 2017 it was the turn of the Huichol culture, 2018 the
Chaiapaneca, 2019 the Mayan culture and in 2020 two cultures
from the State of Mexico were chosen to show the world its
greatness. For May, the “Mazahua” belt was produced and for
September, the Otomi culture belt will be produced.
Unfortunately, there was no fight this weekend. Canelo, who
owns the Huichol – May 5, Chiapaneco – September 16 and Maya
– May 5 belts, would have fought Saunders. The WBC is
evaluating the different alternatives so that Mazahua-May 5
finds the place where it will be placed for eternity.
Did you know?
Floyd Mayweather received the “WBC Emerald Belt” as a
special award for defeating Manny Pacquiao. This belt holds
the Guinness World Record for being the most expensive
sports trophy in sports history.
I was in a room at the Hilton hotel in Las Vegas with my dad
when the phone rang, and I heard my dad get very excited and
when he finished, he said to me, “Mijito comes down to the
lobby and brings my soul brother here to the room.”
After a long talk between them, we went down to eat and I
witnessed an endless tale of anecdotes and stories of their
experiences. That night my father gave me as a slogan to
make sure that this character was very good during the
fight. I sat in the front row and we witnessed the great
victory of Julio Cesar Chavez over Edwin “Chapo” Rosario.
We finished the night with friends at dinner in which my
dad, Jose Sulaiman and his soul brother, Don William Abraham
Daguer, enjoyed to the fullest. Today we remember Don
William. It’s fifteen years since he took the path of no
return. But his memory lives on forever and motivates
thousands of people to be better human beings.