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Augie 'Kid Vegas' Sanchez and his win over Floyd Mayweather, Jr.

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This weekend is the highly-anticipated match between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao.

Many are calling it the greatest boxing match of this generation. But while many may comment on the skill of both fighters, there are only a handful of people that can say they’ve faced them, and won.

Although Mayweather is unbeaten as a pro, in 1996 he faced Augie "Kid Vegas" Sanchez at the United States Olympic trials. And Sanchez came out on top.

Although Sanchez didn't make the Olympic team that year, Mayweather would avenge the loss and go on to win a bronze medal.

Sanchez now lives and works in Las Vegas as a coach for Barry's Boxing Center. 

Sanchez spoke to host A Martinez, and explained what he was thinking in that last round.

"Just keep throwing, I wanted to represent the USA in the Olympics and he was in front of me so that’s what I kept doing. Constant punching, pressure … everything I could do."

Sanchez didn’t make the Olympic team that year, but he went on to have a very successful career as a featherweight - with 28 wins and only 3 losses. He fought major contenders like Jorge Paez, Luisito Espinosa and "Prince" Naseem Hamed.

"Pressure and punching, I’m a hard puncher," Sanchez said of his style.

AM - What does that mean, because everyone assumes that all boxers are hard punchers … what does that mean for you?

"Getting respect in the ring. You know, my opponents respecting my power. Them having to figure out a different way of boxing me."

AM - So if someone were trying to beat you, what would their strategy be back then? 

"Uh, move … hit and move, the way Floyd fought me."