The pride of Argentina, boxer Marcos Maidana (35-4, 31 KOs) lost a heartbreaker last night, but managed to make an exciting fight against pound-for-pound champion, Floyd Mayweather (46-0, 26 KOs). The bout was twelve rounds of toe-to-toe action, and was televised live on Showtime PPV from the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas.
It was action from start to finish, with Maidana walking Mayweather down and having success landing shots on him in the early rounds. The constant pressure applied by Maidana set the tempo, forcing Mayweather to fight Maidana's game, a tempo Mayweather usually sets.
Mayweather was pelted with some overhand shots thrown by Maidana that had Mayweather out of his element for a few rounds. It was clear, Mayweather would have a fight on his hands, probably the toughest opponent he has faced for some time. A head-butt in round four left Mayweather with a nasty cut over his right eye, as an aggressive Maidana continued his assault on Mayweather. Some great work by Mayweather's corner quickly had the cut under control.
With the onslaught of incoming punches thrown by Maidana, the pound-for-pound king Mayweather held his own, staying in the pocket and delivering some stinging right hand blows and combinations to Maidana.
By the mid-rounds, a patient Mayweather was beginning to take charge of the bout, but Maidana would not go away, keeping the aggressive pace. Maidana would throw twice as many punches as Mayweather, but was not as successful as Mayweather when landing the cleaner shots.
In the end, Mayweather would walk away with the win, scoring a majority decision win. Two judges scored the bout in favor of Mayweather, Dave Moretti scored it 116-112, Burt Clements scored the bout 117-111, but Michael Pernick had the fight even at 114-114.
Love or hate Mayweather, one could not argue his performance, it was one of his toughest fights, yet the aging veteran proved why he his the pound-for-pound king and a future hall of fame inductee.
For Marcos Maidana, he put up a great effort, but fell short. His performance was stellar, fighting with grit, heart and determination.