He was best remembered for three brutal fights with Micky Ward, losing on a decision in May 2002, then winning by decision in November ’02 and June ’03.
On July 11, 2009, Gatti was found murdered in a hotel in Ipojuca, Pernambuco, Brazil. Gatti’s widow has been charged with first degree murder after the strap of her purse was found stained with blood. Gatti was to attend his sister’s wedding the following day. Rodrigues could not explain how she spent more than ten hours in the hotel room without realizing Gatti was dead.