According to an ESPN May 4, 2014, report, reigning pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather kept his perfect boxing record intact with a majority decision victory over Marcos Maidana Saturday night. However, as the full fight video highlights show, the results were so close that a rematch appears to be the most likely scenario going forward.
In a shocking turn of events, “Money” was tested, battered and frustrated by the wild brawling style “El Chino” brought to the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. last night. After finding himself in a slugfest, and certainly on the losing end of the first half of the bout, the new unified welterweight champ made his adjustments and took the bull by the horns.
Improving his record to 46-0 (26 KOs), the 37-year-old weathered the storm by landing the cleaner shots, as his overly-aggressive opponent began to slow down in the later rounds. Love him or hate him, it was one of Mayweather’s most exciting and gutsy performances in years, but one that wouldn’t end without some controversy.
“I definitely think I won this fight,” Maidana said. “He did dominate some rounds, but the majority of them, I dominated. I’m not scared of him, why not give him a rematch. I have to give him a rematch because I won the fight.”
As it’s become customary in boxing, judging was again the hot topic after the bout. In particular, most people were up in arms about the fact that one judge saw a draw, while the other two witnessed a one-sided bout. The crowd was shocked when the decision was read, as Michael Pernick penciled in 114-114, while Dave Moretti and Burt Clements scored it 116-112 and 117-111, respectively in “Pretty Boy’s” favor.
“I don’t duck or dodge anyone,” SBN quotes Mayweather said during his post fight press conference. “If Maidana feels he won, in September, he can get it again. Did Maidana win some rounds? Absolutely. I’m not going to cry and complain.”
CompuBox numbers for this fight are also a perfect illustration of how deceiving statistics could be in combat sports. According to the official punch-stats, Mayweather landed 54 percent of his shots (230-for-426), while Maidana a dismal 26 percent (221-for-858).
After a great fight, will boxing fans see a rematch between Floyd Mayweather and (35-4, 31 KOs) Marcos Maidana? Only time will tell, but last night, the undefeated champ did his best to dismiss the notion that the 30-year-old from Margarita, Santa Fe, was his toughest challenge to date.
“Toughest wrestling match,” he said of the Argentine. “Miguel Cotto is a tougher fighter. One thing I won’t do is lie. Miguel Cotto is a tougher fighter, and he hit harder. Canelo hit harder.
“Maidana is tough and very rugged,” Mayweather added. “I could have made it easy, but it would be boring. I didn’t want to do that. Canelo hit me with a left hook that I still feel.”
In response, Maidana reverted back to the “glove controversy” that took place after Friday’s weigh-ins, as he continues to make his case for a second fight during the presser. Eventually, Maidana grew tired of the back-and-fourth with Mayweather and his camp, making his position very clear: “Enough words. Just give me the [expletive] rematch.”