Mayweather outpoints menace Maidana again
Floyd Mayweather (47-0, 26 KOs) defeated Marcos Maidana (35-5, 31 KOs) on a unanimous decision to retain his WBA and WBC welterweight titles, along with his WBC light middleweight belt on Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
The 37-year-old American won his rematch with Argentinian slugger Maidana, 31, by scores of 115-112, 116-111 and 116-111.
The rematch was a far cry from the action-packed first fight in May. This time Mayweather adjusted by minimizing the sustained action with constant movement around the ring and grabbing his opponent when the ring was cut off.
Pound-for-pound king Mayweather edged the opening three rounds as he continually touched Maidana with jabs and counter right hands. He allowed Maidana the middle of the ring but used his feet to control the fight. Maidana did land some solid blows including a heavy right hand at the end of the third round, however, in this fight Mayweather wasn't going to take risks in engaging Maidana against the ropes or standing in the pocket but counter and move to avoid danger. Maidana had occasional success in the middle rounds, pinning Floyd on the ropes and firing his shots. But Mayweather was always able to escape.
A bizarre incident occurred in the 8th where Maidana appeared to bite Mayweather’s glove that was pressing onto his face. As they wrestled, Mayweather suddenly jumped away and complained to referee Kenny Bayless that Maidana had bitten him on his left hand. After the 9th round, another one seemingly for Mayweather, an apparently confused Maidana went to the wrong corner and Mayweather ran over to him and pointed in the right direction to the proper one, eliciting laughter from the crowd.
Maidana, already way behind, was deducted a point in the 10th for pushing Mayweather down with a forearm to the neck.
For the remainder of the fight, Maidana continued to chase while Mayweather comfortably negotiated the final rounds.
"I think the difference was I didn't stay on the ropes and I did a lot of movement and turning," Mayweather said. "He's a tough competitor. I do have some bumps and bruises but I listened to my dad (trainer Floyd Mayweather Sr.), who always says hit and don't get hit and that's how you last in this sport.
"I felt sharper in the first fight. My rhythm was a little off. I gave myself a C, C-minus. I thought I could have done a lot better. I got hit with some shots I shouldn't have."
On the undercard, Leo Santa Cruz (27-0-1, 15 KOs) halted fellow Mexican Manuel Roman (17-2-3, 6 KOs) in the second round to retain his WBC super-bantamweight crown.
Santa Cruz dropped Roman with an overhand right and when he struggled to get up the referee Robert Byrd stopped the fight.
Also, American Mickey Bey (21-1-1, 10 KOs) dethroned IBF lightweight champion Miguel Vazquez (34-4, 13 KOs) of Mexico by a 12 round split decision.
The judges’ scores were 115-113 and 119-109 for Bey, and 115-113 for Vazquez. Neither boxer threw or landed many punches in a clash that drew boos from the crowd throughout.
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