Mayweather Unifies Belts, Wins Majority Decision over Maidana

Published: May 04, 2014 03:22am EDT
By Michael Owen, Sports Writer for Konsume Sports

Please Note: This article was updated May 04, 2014 @ 03:22am EDT

 

(LAS VEGAS, NV) – Floyd Mayweather survived what may have been his toughest opponent yet and unified the Welterweight world titles scoring a 114-114, 116-112, 117-111 majority decision over Marcos Maidana at the MGM Grand Garden Arena Saturday night.

The 37 year old Mayweather improved his perfect record to 46-0 with 26 by knockout while Maidana, 30, fell to 35-4 with 31 KO’s.

Maidana who came into the bout as an 8-1 underdog was clearly the aggressor throughout most of the fight, throwing more than twice as many punches as Mayweather.  While the champion Mayweather was outpunched, he showed to be the more efficient of the two fighters as he landed over 50% of his punches.

Early on, Maidana seemed to have control of the fight as he frustrated Mayweather constantly with punches from every angle, consistently backing Mayweather into the ropes, seemingly unafraid of the pound for pound champion. While the Argentinian was clearly the aggressor, he was not connecting on many of his shots and never really took advantage of a cut that Mayweather received from an accidental head-butt in the 2nd.

Being the busier boxer of the two may have been the undoing for Maidana, who received $1.5 million for this fight, easily his biggest pay day, as he seemed to tire in the middle and late rounds.  Mayweather, the consummate professional boxer took advantage of this as he took over during the late rounds, picking his shots, using great footwork and counter punching almost at will.

In a fight that neither fighter seemed to ever be in any real danger, the overwhelmingly pro-Maidana crowd anticipated a big blow to connect at any moment, but it never came and Mayweather went on to victory as “Money” began to let the fight come to him. This was a well-deserved victory for Mayweather. He countered cleanly and weathered Maidana's storms well. Full credit to Maidana, however, for making Mayweather work more than any opponent in over a decade.

After the fight, Mayweather, whose purse will come in around $32 million after the Pay Per View numbers come in, stated that he’d be more than willing to give Maidana a rematch, possibly in September.

"If fans want to see it again we'll do it again” said Mayweather.

Maidana had a different view of the outcome but clearly had a rematch on his mind as well. "I have to give him a rematch because I won the fight” Maidana said thru a translator. “He didn’t fight like a man, I’m not scared of him” Maidana continued.

While most will agree that Mayweather did win the fight, those same people will agree that nobody really saw this coming and that Maidana looked to be the fresher of the two after the fight.

Clearly, Mayweather is not the fighter that he was 10 years ago and this fight proved that.  The debate can begin now as to whether he could have gotten by a better, more controlled puncher like Manny Pacquiao but unfortunately, the world will probably never know. For now, Mayweather is still the king and is not about to retire.

In the meantime, the world waits for Mayweather/Maidana II.  Count me in on that one.

 

 

Compubox Numbers thru 12:

Total Punches Landed/Thrown
Mayweather [230/426, 53%]
Maidana [221/858, 25%]

 

Konsume Media's unofficial scorecard

ROUND

  1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

11

12

Total

Mayweather

  9

10

9

9

9

10

10

10

10

10

10

9

115

Maidana

 10

9

10

10

10

9

9

9

9

9

9

10

113


 

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