On Saturday night, the boxing world saw Floyd Mayweather tested by the tough Argentine Marcos Maidana in perhaps his most competitive fight in years.
Mayweather - aged 37 - came into the fight with an undefeated record of 45-0 and as the massive favourite - as he always is. For most, there was a lack of belief that Maidana would be able to pose a real threat to Mayweather.
I myself felt that Maidana would give a few issues early on before Mayweather took over control and dominated the fight. Maidana's style was believed to be tailor-made for Mayweather and people thought that he would be picked apart in the later rounds.
Such sentiments were to be shown incorrect as Maidana put on a really good performance. He worked extremely hard, throwing a lot of punches and putting Mayweather under pressure of the sort he hasn't been under in a very long time.
Maidana did whatever he could to win, including several 'tricks of the trade', shall we say. There appeared to be rule breaks all over the place from the rugged Maidana who was prepared to do whatever it took to win.
Maidana had Mayweather backed up on the ropes in the early rounds especially and made Mayweather work hard defensively.
Mayweather wasn't being hit very often but he was being hit more often than we have become accustomed to in recent years.
Mayweather didn't fight in his normal style, rather he choose to stay flat on his feet quite a lot and try to get more power into his shots. Usually Mayweather looks to be evasive and make his opponent miss before countering but he seemed more determined to make a fight of it.
Maidana had some good success in the early rounds and had some moments of success as the fight continued but Mayweather landed the cleaner blows more consistently throughout the fight and was claiming the middle to late rounds quite clearly.
Maidana was often wild, failing to land his shots on a regular basis. Yes he was the aggressor in the fight and from a distance he may have appeared to be winning but he simply wasn't. Mayweather was making him miss and made him look very crude at times.
Maidana did put up a good performance and he tested Mayweather more than any man has in recent times but suggestions that he should have been give the decision are way off the mark. Mayweather was clearly the winner and the majority decision did him no justice.
For one of the judges to have scored the fight a draw was odd at best. It seemed to be a very naive score based on crowd reaction rather than by assessing what was unfolding in front of them.
Following the final bell, Maidana reacted as though he was the winner and you could tell that he genuinely believed he had won. He believes that he has had his win taken from him and he wants a rematch.
Mayweather seemed happy enough to have a rematch and many will be happy to hear that but I for one do not want to see a rematch. Maidana gave a good account of himself but Mayweather picked him apart late on and had worked out how to beat him.
If they were to fight again, Mayweather would know exactly what he would have to do and would probably go back to his more evasive style and prove that he can beat this man easily.
There are many people saying that they believe Maidana won the fight and fair enough he put up a good challenge and tested a man who hasn't been challenged in years but to say that he beat Mayweather just isn't true.
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