SAN DIEGO, September 13, 2014 – Billionaire investor Warren Buffett had one of the best seats in the house at the MGM Grand Arena to see the rematch between Floyd Mayweather and Marcos Maidana. Before the fight backstage, Mayweather said Buffett and tech billionaire Mark Cuban were his heroes growing up.
Mayweather learned the lessons of his heroes well. He made just shy of $100,000 per punch landed in his unanimous decision win over Maidana Saturday.
Once the opening bell rang, the outcome was never in doubt. Maidana seemed to be in better condition than the first fight with Mayweather, and he didn’t burn himself out throwing punches in bunches as he did before. But if you’re going to throw fewer punches, they need to hit the target. Mayweather (47-0, 26 KOs) gave Maidana (35-5-0, 31 KOs) few chances to get a clean shot at him.
The connect percentage told the story of the fight: Mayweather connected on 55 percent of his punches; Maidana connected on just 22 percent of his punches. Mayweather landed 102 power punches to Maidana’s 87 power punches at a 58 percent connect rate. Maidana landed 100 fewer punches than he did in the first fight.
No one can win the game of ring generalship with Mayweather. Maidana had the right game plan, but he couldn’t execute it. He did what he could to move Mayweather into the ropes where he could do damage. But on the occasions when Maidana was successful getting there, Mayweather nimbly moved along the ropes and back into the center of the ring. When Maidana threw, Mayweather’s speed and reflexes kept any serious damage at bay.
Mayweather used a lot of clenches and holding to keep Maidana from working him on the inside and to interrupt any rhythm. Referee Kenny Bayliss let Mayweather get away with it, but Maidana’s trainer Robert Garcia should have raised a stink over it. He didn’t. He might not have gotten anywhere but he should have tried.
In round 8, Bayliss stopped the fight after separating the fighters. Mayweather wailed, “He bit my (effing) finger!” Bayliss walked Mayweather over to the ringside physician, who examined him and sent him back into the fight. Bayliss walked Maidana over to his corner, and said to trainer Garcia, “I don’t know if he bit him or not.”
Looking at the replay, it appeared Mayweather was pressing his glove into Maidana’s face during a clench, which could have prevented Maidana from being able to breathe. Whether he bit down on him hard, it did appear the glove was in Maidana’s mouth.
It didn’t change the course of the fight. Mayweather continued to be efficient and effective. By the final round, Mayweather put on a three-minute dance routine better than anything he did when he competed on “Dancing With The Stars.” All three judges would have given him a 10 for it.
The judges rewarded Mayweather for his command and efficiency. Bruno Cavalleri of Italy had it 115-112; John McKaie and Dave Moretti both scored it 116-111.
Asked about the biting incident after the fight, Mayweather told Showtime’s Jim Gray, “He bit my fingers, my fingers was numb, my hand was numb. He’s a tough opponent… We just tangled up in the center of the ring, the referee was breaking us and he bit my left hand.”
Maidana’s version of the incident translated by trainer Garcia: “Maybe he thinks I’m a dog, but I never bit him.” He then said something in Spanish that wasn’t translated for English speaking audiences, but ask your Spanish-speaking friends or check it on Twitter.
Mayweather said he felt sharper in his first fight with Maidana. “I give myself a C, C-minus, I was real dry tonight. I know I’m better than that.”
Maidana said he thought he won the fight. “This time I prepared myself very well, I thought I won the fight. But the judges like to give the rounds to fighters than run… I was the aggressor, I was attacking all the time. Maybe I’m wrong, but I was the aggressor.”
The inevitable question came up: Will fans ever see Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao? “I’m going to go back and talk to my team and see what we can assess… I’m not ducking or dodging no opponent. If a Manny Pacquiao fight can be made let’s make it happen… Manny Pacquiao needs to focus on the guy in front of him. Then we can talk about what the future holds.”
Mayweather will fight again in May. It’s not likely to be Pacquiao; place your bets on a bout between Money and Amir Khan, who was ringside and very visible on Showtime’s PPV Saturday. Assuming the stars align, we could see Mayweather vs. Pacquiao at the end of 2015, which is also potentially Mayweather’s last fight if he retires in 2016 after his Showtime deal is completed.
Everyone got one prediction about this event wrong: Justin Bieber did not sing the National Anthem. Instead, R&B singer Monica got the nod. But Bieber was backstage with his buddy Floyd, and brought actress Selena Gomez to see the fight ringside.
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 Ringside Seat in Communities Digital News. Follow Gayle on Facebook and on Twitter @PRProSanDiego. Gayle can be reached via Google +
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