Floyd Mayweather got a test this morning, as Marcos Maidana bull-rushed his way into a competitive fight, but in the end, Mayweather made the adjustments, took over, and came out the winner via majority decision. Official scores were 114-114, 116-112, and 117-111 for Mayweather. BLH had it 115-113 for Mayweather.
Mayweather (46-0, 26 KO) was in some trouble early in the fight, as he was mentally and physically pushed by Maidana (35-4, 31 KO), who pushed Mayweather to the ropes and looked to unload with big shots.
Much of Maidana’s night was spent looking to land his big overhand right, which he chopped in a few times, but never landed the big shot that he really needed.
Maidana did a good work to the body, and was able to rough Mayweather up and seemingly get into his head in the first five or six rounds. But the second half of the fight belonged to Floyd.
As Maidana couldn’t keep up the otherworldly pace he had in the early going, Floyd was able to find his rhythm, staying in the center of the ring more often, and even when pressed to the ropes, moving and slipping punches better as the fight progressed.
“Finally, I was in a tough, competitive fight,” Mayweather told Jim Gray after the fight, offering the likely nonsense idea that he wanted to face Maidana in a toe-to-toe battle. The story of the fight was different. Mayweather fought that way because Maidana forced him to do so. To Floyd’s credit, he won a fight that wasn’t exactly the way he wanted it to go.
“I did go after him, but he was a difficult fighter,” Maidana said. He said he wants a rematch, saying, “I’ll have to give him a rematch, because I won the fight. I’m not scared of him. Why wouldn’t I give him a rematch?”
Mayweather said, “If the fans want a rematch, we’ll do a rematch.”
It was certainly an entertaining fight and a worthy pay-per-view main event, living up to the hype, or probably even exceeding it. Should there be a rematch, or should Floyd look to go on to another challenge, perhaps Amir Khan?