PHOENIX, Arizona – With barely three days after Floyd Mayweather Jr. unified the welterweight title belts from his perplexed majority win over Marcos Maidana, fight fans are crying out for a rematch. Mayweather made history Saturday night at MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas by being the only boxer to ever unify title belts in 147-pound and 154-pound weight classes, which he now hold at the same time.
If anytime one can say Mayweather earned his money, it would definitely be this most recent fight against Maidana. The 30 year-old Argentinean showed up with a fight plan that nearly cracked the Mayweather code. The quiet cowboy, also known as 'El Chino', came after Mayweather like a dangerous storm without any limitations of letting up until major damage was done.
From the opening bell, Maidana rushed in pushing and pinning Mayweather against the ropes before throwing bombs from every direction. There were wild overhand rights delivered behind the head of the pound-for-pound king that could have "knocked-out-cold" any young calf with one blow. Things got heated up in a hurry from the first round through the sixth.
This was not the kind of fight Mayweather wanted, but he said he was "doing it for his fans." During his pre-fight announcements, he said he was going to do something different than normal for this fight. He chose to stand in there and take punishment against the bigger and stronger Maidana, who rehydrated up to 165-pounds to Mayweather’s 148-pounds night of the fight. Mayweather's trainer, his dad Floyd Sr. was not in agreement with that idea.[He always thought his son fought better in the middle of the ring and off the ropes]
Mayweather didn't seem to get much help from referee Tony Weeks. Weeks did very little to warn Maidana about the rough tactics. He let them fight. Usually, that type of refereeing is more common with Steve Smoger, one who is known for letting fighters go at it without much interference. Unlike-Weeks or Smoger; Kenny Bayless, who is known for refereeing a lot of Mayweather's fights, would not have let those rough tactics go on. Bayless seems to always take control of his fights right from the start.
MAYWEATHER NEEDED BAYLESS LIKE 'NO TIME BEFORE
Trainer Robert Garcia put together a fight plan that nearly derailed Mayweather (46-0, 26 KO's) from his unblemished, undefeated boxing record. Garcia instructed Maidana to pressure his opponent with a relentless deadly assault hitting him anywhere he could land a punch: hips, shoulders, elbows, behind the head and below the belt. It was the right fight plan and almost worked.
The instructions given were as if Garcia was reacting a famous scene from a movie called 'Two for the Money' starring Al Pacino and Matthew McConaughey. One of the famous punch lines in the film was when the two colleagues took a trip abroad to close a huge deal with a potential client who is a multi-millionaire gambler. Pacino [Walter Abrams] said these words to McConaughey [Brandon Lang] at the airport:
When we get there and you're in front of him remember this, if you don't remember nothing else. There's no such thing as too far. You understand?You push everything as far as you can. You push and you push and you push until it starts pushing back. And then you start pushing some g**damn more. Remember that when you're with this guy today.
That seemed to be Maidana's attitude when he stepped in the ring with Mayweather. The only difference is Mayweather is not your average fighter. He's been known to make adjustments on a fly. He kept changing gears as the fight went on, even after suffering a cut over the right eye from a head butt. Maidana started to slow down going into the seventh round and Mayweather started to take over.
Mayweather's clean and accurate punches were right on target. He hit Maidana repeatedly using both hands with hard shots to the head and body. Maidana's expression on his face showed that he had entered into some unfamiliar territory. Too much speed for the younger fighter. Mayweather stepped on the gas pedal in the last four rounds to seal the deal. The judges had it 117-111, 116-112 and one had it even at 114-114. A majority decision win for Mayweather.
Marcos 'El Chino' Maidana's (35-4, 31 KO's) presence on the big stage Saturday night proved that he definitely belong there and may have developed a fan base here in this country that he didn't have before. A mix crowd partly Argentinians, Mexicans and some Americans rallied behind him with pure satisfaction of his fight plan.
Many of them thought he won and felt for sure he had earned himself a rematch if nothing else. Mayweather was not oppose to the idea, but quickly warned them during the post-fight press conference that a rematch would be totally different. He said, "It won't even be a close fight. Next time he will keep the fight in the middle of the ring." Anybody that knows him—knows what that means.