Sunday, 14 September 2014 06:11

Mayweather vs Maidana 2: Stats, facts and results

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Welterweight and jr middleweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. (47-0, 26 knockouts) stayed perfect last night, defeating Marcos Maidana (35-5, 31 KOs) via a unanimous decision.

Explosive at times and strategic at others, it was a virtuoso performance for boxing's top pound-for-pound fighter. However, the rematch was, in many ways, a lot different than their first encounter.

For starters, Floyd refused to brawl with the Argentine this time around and used his feet to effectively stay off the ropes. As a result, the rematch was not as close.

According to punchstats, Mayweather outlanded Maidana 166-122 in overall shots and 108 to 77 in power punches.

Not unlike their first fight, Marcos was busier and threw 246 more punches than his foe in their rematch.  

However, Mayweather, who appeared to land the cleaner, more effective blows, connected on 58 percent of his shots while Maidana landed at a 26 percent rate.


In the end, two judges, Dave Moretti and John McKaie, scored it 116-111 and the other, Guido Cavallerie, tallied 115-112.

FightSaga scored it 117-110 for Floyd.

Not unlike the first fight, however, there was controversy. While the outcome wasn't in doubt this time, Mayweather insists Maidana bit his glove during a clinch in Round 8. Also, Maidana had a point deducted in the 10th round for throwing a forearm to the champion's face and then tripping him.

In addition, the Showtime crew was critical of Referee Kenny Bayless, accusing him of pulling the fighters apart too quickly thereby hindering the Argentine's efforts.


Recap
In Rounds 1 and 2, Floyd would outbox Maidana who started off a little more tentative than in their first bout. Round 3 was full of action as Maidana asserted himself well early on only for Mayweather to seize the round with a second half rally.

But with fewer than three seconds in Round 3, Maidana staggered Floyd with a big right hand. Fortunately for Floyd, Maidana had no time to follow-up. The champion looked a bit shaken walking back to his corner while Maidana gestured as if to say, "I gotcha, Floyd."


Perhaps sensing Floyd was still hurt by that right hand, Maidana jumped on Floyd in Round 4. It would be his best round. Maidana pressured Floyd at the start of the round, forcing the champion to hold and retreat. Although Floyd didn't appear seriously hurt, he looked a bit vulnerable and allowed his opponent to pin him on the ropes and unleash to good effect.

The challenger was unable to carry his momentum into Round 5 as Floyd blazed back, landing some real humdingers while making Maidana miss. It would be more of the same in Round 6.

Not unlike their first meeting, Floyd's bodywork was a thing of beauty as he repeatedly landed thudding shots to Maidana's chest, liver and obliques.

Ultra quick and slick, Floyd continued to pepper his foe. Punch and move... punch and move. Although Maidana was able to crack Floyd a few times, he often air-conditioned the arena, whiffing massive shots.


In Round 8, Mayweather jumped out of a clinch roaring in apparent pain. Reminiscent of Tyson vs Holyfield 2, the bout was halted for about 30 seconds as Mayweather complained the Argentine bit his left glove. Referee Kenny Bayless sent the fighters to neutral corners and told both chief seconds he didn't see the alleged infraction.

“He bit me,” Floyd told reporters.

Showtime commentator and former world champion Paul Malignaggi defended Maidana, insisting Floyd was intentionally smothering Maidana's nose and mouth with the palm of his glove thus prompting the alleged infraction.

After Bayless warned Team Maidana, action would resume with Mayweather picking up where he left off.

A combination of holding, blocking, hitting and effective movement by Mayweather frustrated his opponent who tried earnestly to position himself to trap Floyd on the ropes and crack him wth big shots, just as he had done in Round 4.


Had Maidana not been deducted a point for forearming Mayweather in the face and tripping his foe, the challenger would have won Round 10. Mayweather landed clean shots in the round but Maidana outworked him and landed the more impactful blows.

Mayweather, showing incredible speed and formidable power, appeared to stun Maidana a bit with a body shot in Round 11 but played it safe, refusing to give a seemingly desperate Maidana any chances.

Much to the chagrin of fans, Floyd ran the entire final round. Although some are criticizing his actions, it's not uncommon for a fighter who believes he's comfortably ahead to 'get on his bicycle' and stay out of harm's way in the final stanza.

"I give myself a C, C-minus," said Mayweather who seemed disappointed with his performance.

"I'm better than that. I got hit with some shots that I shouldn't have gotten hit with."

Maidana denied biting Floyd and insisted he should have been awarded the fight based on his aggression. 

When asked about a presumptive superfight with Manny Pacquiao, Floyd said, "If the Manny Pacquiao fight presents itself, let's make it happen,"

"He's got a guy in front of him (Chris Algieri in November). Once he gets past that task, we'll see what the future holds."


More Mayweather vs Maidana 2 stats and facts
  • Mayweather, the highest paid athlete in the world according to Forbes, received a minimum of $32 million; The challenger, Argentine Marcos Maidana, earned a minimum payout of $3 million, doubling his guarantee for Mayweather vs Maidana 1 in May.
  • Mayweather has earned at least $25 million in each of his last 10 fights.
  • Floyd was a 8 to 1 favorite
  • Billionaire investments tycoon Warren Buffett was Floyd's special guest and spent time with the 'Money' man prior to the bout. Buffett joined Team Mayweather earlier this year.
  • At the weigh-in, Floyd tipped the scale at 146½ lbs while Marcos was a half a pound lighter. Maidana, having gained 11 lbs overnight, walked in the ring at 157 lbs. Floyd refused to be weighed upon entering the ring.

  • Maidana's crackling right at the close of Round 3 was the biggest shot landed by either fighter in the rematch and, perhaps, the series
  • Both fighters absorbed hard leather but, aside from being shaken at times, neither appeared "seriously" hurt. 

  • In he post-fight interview, Floyd stated his left hand was numb for the rest of the bout (following the alleged bite) and that he was not able to use it effectively from that point onward
  • Unlike their first meeting, Mayweather vs Maidana 2 was not a brawl and some are voicing their displeasure because Floyd didn't fight toe-to-toe and appeared to get away with more holding than fans are accustomed to seeing

  • Although Mayweather looked a bit faded (in comparison to his previous performances) in the first bout, he showed last night his speed and skills are still very much intact
  • Last night's loss will not likely impact Maidana's stock a great deal

  • If he doesn't fight Pacquiao next, look for Floyd to face Keith Thurman or Amir Khan in May
 

 

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