Sunday, May 4, 2014

Floyd Mayweather beats Marcos Maidana, but crowd unhappy

Floyd Mayweather and Marcos Maidana arrived together at their post-fight press conference Saturday night, about an hour after Mayweather had won a hard-fought majority decision in a much tougher fight than most expected.

The press conference began well, with Mayweather, sporting a cut over his right eye and a welt over his left, congratulating Maidana on a great fight.

"You're a great fighter and very tough competitor," Mayweather told Maidana, who hails from Argentina. "Congratulations on the new baby. She's beautiful.

"Next time, just don't hit me (below the belt) so much."

Maidana quickly replied: "Next time let me use my gloves," a reference to a drawn-out pre-fight controversy involving the gloves Maidana wanted to wear.

Things went downhill from there.

Maidana said, "give me a (bleeping) rematch."

Mayweather, standing at the podium while Maidana sat to the side, replied: "We can take it back down there right now if you want. Put the ring back up. … It's not a problem. If he feels he won, we can do it again in September."

September is when Mayweather is scheduled to fight again as part of a deal with Showtime.

For the 46th time 46 career fights, Mayweather, 37, came into the post-fight news conference a winner. And this time it was also as the world champ carrying the WBA and WBC welterweight titles

But it was not easy, a close, majority decision, much to the displeasure of the sellout crowd of 16,268, a partisan Maidana crowd that booed vociferously when the result was announced.

Judge Michael Pernick scored it 114-114, a draw. Burt Clements had it 117-111 and Dave Moretti scored it 116-112 for Mayweather.

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Mayweather (46-0, 26 KOs), threw half as many punches as Maidana (425 to 858), but landed nine more. Still, the 221 punches Maidana landed against Mayweather were the most in his last 38 fights, according to CompuBox statistics.

He didn't endear himself to Maidana when he said that Miguel Cotto hits harder than Maidana, and so does Canelo Alvarez.

Mayweather, who made $32 million for the bout, said he decided to stand and fight against Maidana, but Maidana did not leave him much choice. He came in wildly throwing his signature overhand right early and often and connected against Mayweather, who looked off his game early in the fight.

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