Maidana exploded out of his corner to begin the battle and as promised, he pounced all over the slippery Grand Rapids native. Maidana attacked Mayweather like a swarm of angry bees. “El Chino” threw punches with everything behind them and from every angle imaginable. All Mayweather could do was duck, dodge, parry and roll. Maidana didn’t let “Money” breathe for most of the first round and if he could somehow keep up this much intensity for every round, it would have been amazing to see if the world’s greatest boxer would adapt.
Mayweather always has said that the greatest champions find a way to win and that’s just what he did. As quickly as Maidana’s TNT exploded in the ring, it was muffled in the second. Mayweather was able to regain his composure and while he wasn’t safely picking him apart from the outside per the norm, Mayweather was raking the Argentinean with vicious hooks to the body and head. Mayweather jabbed and tagged his opponent with sneaky right hands all night but what made the fight so mesmerizing was how often Mayweather opted to trade blow-for-blow inside the proverbial phone booth.
Mayweather cracked Maidana repeatedly, but between his brilliant countering was a grueling battle in the clinches. Maidana grappled Floyd; Mayweather grappled him right back. Maidana hit him low on several occasions, but Mayweather returned the favor by stuffing his forearms and elbows under his foe’s chin. Referee Tony Weeks had his hands full the entire time as he had to pry Maidana off Mayweather and vice versa.
“It was a tough fight and he is a tough guy,” Mayweather said after the fight. “I had to dig deep and adapt but that’s what true champions do. We adapted and we came out victorious.”
Floyd was cut over the right eye in the fourth from an accidental clash of heads and Maidana tagged him several times throughout the duel. According to the stats, Maidana hit Mayweather more than any other fighter in history. Maidana threw roughly 400 more punches than Money, but as usual, Mayweather was far more accurate. Towards the end of the fight, Mayweather peppered him with dozens of stinging right hands, some of which seemed to stun him. As the rounds wore on, Mayweather seized complete control of the bout, but it was not easy
In the end, the capacity crowd felt that Maidana did enough to win the decision, but their collective dreams were crushed when Jimmy Lennon, Jr. announced the verdict in favor of Mayweather, now 46-0 with 26 KOs. Judge Michael Pernick had it a draw at 114-114, but that score was offset by scores of Burt Clements and Dave Moretti, who saw it 117-111 and 116-112, respectively. SecondsOut scored it in favor of Mayweather 117-111 as well.
Maidana (35-4, 31 KOs) protested the decision and said that he would gladly grant Mayweather a rematch because he felt as though he actually won. Most in attendance angrily booed the decision and Mayweather said he would gladly give the fans a rematch if they wanted it. At the post-fight press conference, both men agreed to lock horns again in September, but Mayweather said he foirst needed to see how much money he was going to make.