Last night Floyd Mayweather claimed yet another routine victory in a fight which failed to live up to the expectations of Marcos Maidana fans.
Mayweather, 37, has increased his record to an incredible 47-0 with a victory over the tough and rugged 31-year-old Argentine.
Mayweather on top
The first fight between the two was much more competitive than the rematch, with Maidana setting a higher pace throughout. In the rematch he wasn’t able to launch attacks at the same ferocious pace and Mayweather’s movement was much better.
Mayweather would counter and pick off his opponent with relative ease for most of the fight. Maidana was as expected the aggressor, but Mayweather landed the much cleaner shots and his accuracy was something to behold.
Referee Kenny Bayless allowed Mayweather to grab hold whenever Maidana got up close and that stifled the work of the underdog. It was intelligent tactics from Mayweather but he shouldn’t have been allowed to get away with doing it so frequently.
Mayweather moved around the ring a lot more than the first fight and only remained still for brief periods before moving again. This made it difficult for Maidana to land his shots consistently.
Both men had some success to the body but Mayweather was far too comfortable in the fight for Maidana to have stood a chance of claiming a win. It wasn’t a master class from Mayweather but it was certainly a good performance.
Maidana didn't perform
Maidana will be disappointed with himself as he was never really able to put a sustained attack together and didn’t ever pressure Mayweather as he did in the first fight. That is partly because of Mayweather’s change of tactics but also due to a less effective performance from Maidana himself.
In the final rounds he really should have gone for broke and thrown everything at Mayweather but he didn’t do so. He was clearly well down on the scorecards and the only way he could win would be with a knock out but he seemed powerless to even get close to achieving one.
A major talking point from the fight has to be the alleged bite in the eighth round. The two fighters were engaged up close. Maidana was lent forward and Mayweather’s hand was in Maidana’s face when it appears that Maidana lost his cool and bit Mayweather’s hand.
The pictures aren’t clear but there is a clear reaction from Mayweather at the point at which a bite looks to have taken place.
In the post-fight interview Mayweather claimed that he has been bitten and that his fingers went numb as a result. Whether this is an exaggeration is difficult to tell but there does appear to have been some swelling on the hand in question.
The fight was scored as a unanimous decision win to Mayweather on the scores of 116-111, 116-111 and 115-112. Personally, I felt that the fight was slightly wider than the scorecards and certainly reflected kindly on Maidana’s tame performance.
Who Is Next?
Mayweather once again showed that he is far too good for the man tasked with beating him and raised hopes that a fight with Manny Pacquiao is still possible.
The two have been rivals for years and the fight should have taken place a few years ago when both were in their primes. Fight fans have been robbed of the fight by the ever present politics of the sport.
People still want to see the fight take place but it is not the same fight that it once would have been. Pacquiao appears a faded fighter who isn’t as good as he once was.
Another possible option would be Britain’s Amir Khan. Khan has the speed to cause problems and would present an interesting opponent for an ageing Mayweather.