By Derek Bonnett: The Moment arrived for Marcos Rene Maidana and he seized it. The Moment arrived for Floyd Mayweather Jr. and he was stifled by it. The Moment arrived for boxing fans and they were divided about what transpired over the twelve rounds at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on May 3. Many agreed on the tallied scores, but disagreed about the fighter receiving them. This was no Bradley-Pacquiao I debacle, but the verdict delivered controversy, albeit more quietly. The advantage over the first six rounds belonged to Maidana, clearly. The Argentine stifled Mayweather’s offensive attack and penetrated his defensive fortress. The second half of the bout produced a much closer bout, with the outcome of the ensuing rounds more questionable. As the rounds passed by, fans kept telling themselves, "Maidana can’t keep this pace" and "Mayweather will take over". In the end, Maidana did and Mayweather didn’t. Sure, Maidana slowed down and Mayweather adjusted, but neither extreme expectation was realized.
My unofficial scorecard favored Maidana 117-112 or 8-3-1 in rounds. I’d be willing to consider trading two rounds the other way and I would still have Maidana a two point winner. Granted, my card may be the extreme one way; however, Mayweather leading 117-111 must be the other end of the spectrum. Truth usually lies somewhere in the middle. My unofficial scorecard followed a SecondsOut prediction of Mayweather dominance with Maidana barely earning a round. For me, when the Moment arrived, I was shocked.
On Saturday, May 3, at the Velodrom, Prenzlauer Berg, Berlin, Germany, Arthur Abraham won a unanimous decision over Nikola Sjekloca in a twelve round WBO super middleweight title bout. Abraham marked the first defense of his second reign as a 168 pound titlist and raised his record to 40-4 (28). Sjekloca dropped to 26-2 (8).
Abraham jumped from fifth to fourth among SecondsOut’s top-rated middleweights.
At Waterfront Hotel and Casino, Cebu City, Cebu, Philippines, John Riel Casimero scored a first round KO of Mauricio Fuentes in a IBF light flyweight title bout. Casimero lost the title on the scales, weighing in two weight divisions above the contracted divisions. Fuentes was decked three times before the contest was waived off at the 2:59 mark. The title remained vacant and it is unlikely Casimero will return to the 108-pound class. Casimero improved his dossier to 20-2 (12). Fuentes crashed to 16-3 (10).
Casimero has been pulled from the SecondsOut junior flyweight rankings. The three through ten ranked fighters each rose one standing. Takuma Inoue filled the void at the ten spot.
At MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, Floyd Mayweather Jr. won a controversial majority decision over Marcos Rene Maidana in a twelve round WBC/WBA welterweight world title bout. Mayweather overcame a lopsided start to make the second half of the bout competitive. The majority scores were 114-114, 117-111, and 116-112. Mayweather unified the WBC/WBA welterweight titles and remained unbeaten at 46-0 (26). Maidana fell to 35-4 (31).
Mayweather returned to the SecondsOut welterweight rankings at number two. Maidana jumped from eight to three. The two through four ranked boxers each fell two rankings.
Also on the card, Marco Antonio Periban lost a unanimous decision to J’Leon Love in a ten round super middleweight bout. The three cards favored Love by margins of 97-92, 96-93, and 95-93. Periban dropped Love in the fifth. Love improved to 18-0 (10). Periban fell to 20-2-1 (13).
Love climbed into the SecondsOut super middleweight rankings at number nine. Periban exited the top ten.