Mayweather survives rough fight, beats determined Maidana

Floyd Mayweather got all he could handle from Marcos Maidana.
Floyd Mayweather got all he could handle from Marcos Maidana. Photo: Showtime

SAN DIEGO, May 4, 2014 – Floyd Mayweather (46-0, 26 KOs) got all he could handle from a determined Marcos Maidana (35-4-0, 31 KOs) of Argentina Saturday, winning a majority decision after 12 rough rounds. Judge Burt Clements scored it 117-111 and Judge Dave Moretti a little closer at 116-112 for Mayweather. Judge Michael Pernick had it a 114-114 draw.

It’s been some time since the words “exciting,” “action packed,” and “competitive” were used to describe a Mayweather fight, but they apply to this fan-pleasing bout.

Showtime will replay the Mayweather vs. Maidana fight along with the Khan vs. Collazo fight next Saturday, May 10, at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT. It is a free preview weekend, so non-subscribers will be able to see these fights for free. Set your DVR now.

Marcos Maidana made it a rough fight. It was the right game plan, and nearly worked. Photo: Showtime
Marcos Maidana made it a rough fight. It was the right game plan, and nearly worked. Photo: Showtime

Mayweather was overwhelmingly favored to win, but Maidana had the right plan and he executed it as well as he could. He came out quickly and got busy right away. He fought rough, and a little dirty at times. When Maidana put it all together, the plan was working. He got in close and threw looping overhead shots, followed by left hooks and body shots.

Maidana won the early rounds. Mayweather made adjustments as only a veteran fighter can do. He responded more aggressively, and began punching with his customary efficiency. Even against the ropes where Maidana preferred to work, Mayweather did more to win those later rounds with excellent counterpunching and defensive work.

Maidana said “I think it was a great fight, I did everything possible to win. For the judges, I guesss it wasn’t enough to win the fight … Floyd did not fight like a man like I expected him to.” What does that mean? “Other fighters respected me and went toe to toe with me.”

Mayweather said he wanted to give the fans their money’s worth, and it was worth it. “I wasn’t goint to do a lot of moving in this fight, I wanted to give the fans what they wanted to see. When you fight at this level, you have to be able to make adjustments.

He continued, “I think everybody is just used to seeing me outbox guys and not even win one round. If I’m in a competitive fight, they’re like ‘Damn, what’s going on with Floyd?’ But if I don’t let them win some rounds, then it’s not a competitive fight.”

Talk immediately turned to a rematch. After the fight, Mayweather said “If the fans want to see it again, we’ll do it again.” Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer laughed and agreed. Maidana said, “Yes, I want the rematch, I’m not scared of him, Why not give him a rematch?”

A Mayweather-Maidana rematch? Yes please! Photo: Showtime
A Mayweather-Maidana rematch? Yes please! Photo: Showtime

Amir Khan is the other logical candidate for a rematch, but the momentum is on Maidana’s side, and the timing might not be right for a fight in September, which is when Mayweather wants to schedule his next bout.

There were several firsts in the fight that help tell the story. Maidana landed more punches against Mayweather than any other fighter, 221 of 858 punches according to CompuBox stats. Mayweather landed 230 of 426 punches, for a 53 percent connect rate versus Maidana’s connect rate of 26 percent.

Mayweather suffered the first cut of his career, due to an accidental head butt. Mayweather said it affected his vision for two rounds until his corner got the bleeding under control. “For two rounds I couldn’t see. He’s a tough competitor, we gave the fans what they wanted to see tonight.”

Amir Khan did what he needed to do, winning in strong fashion against Luis Collazo.
Amir Khan did what he needed to do, winning in strong fashion against Luis Collazo. Photo: Showtime

Khan wins impressive decision; wants Mayweather next

Amir “King” Khan (29-3, 19 KOs) of Great Britain won his first fight impressively at welterweight against Luis Collazo 35-6, 18 KOs) of Brooklyn. Khan put on a good performance and scored effectively while avoiding any major damage himself. His objective was to position himself to be Mayweather’s next opponent.

“We have more tools. I really believe I can give him the most problems ever,” said Khan. “Floyd looks beatable, definitely. He’s getting a little older now. They want a young lion to come up and see him get beat. The only person who has a chance to do that is me.”

Khan may turn out to be the short term loser, because now it’s doubtful he’ll get that opportunity in the fall. It’s likely Mayweather will schedule a rematch against Maidana first. Mayweather also wants to fight in Septemer as he customarily does; as a Muslim, Khan observes Ramadan and he cannot train in time after fasting for a September fight. So he will need to wait.

Adrien Broner won Saturday, but didn't impress either in or out of the ring.
Adrien Broner won Saturday, but didn’t impress either in or out of the ring. Photo: Showtime

Broner, Love get victories on paper, but don’t thrill fans

Adrien Broner (28-1, 22 KOs) won on paper against Carlos Molina (17-2-1, 7 KOs) of California in a 140-pound super lightweight contest but he didn’t execute the kind of exciting fight he needed to rebuild his career. In his post-fight interview on Showtime, he chose to engage in some profanity laden smack talk along the same lines that got Donald Sterling in trouble. Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer said he and Bernard Hopkins admonished Broner afrer the fight, and he apologized. Isn’t that nice.

Super middleweight J’Leon Love (18-0 10 KOs) had a close call aginast Marco Periban (21-1, 13 KOs) of Mexico, who gave a strong performance. But Periban needed to be busier near the end of the fight. Judges forget what you did in the early rounds, even if you were impressive.

Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, APR, is President/Owner of the Falcon Valley Group in San Diego, California. She is also a serious boxing fan covering the Sweet Science for Communities. Read more Media Migraine in Communities Digital News. Follow Gayle on Facebook and on Twitter @PRProSanDiego. Gayle can be reached via Google 

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