It wasn’t anywhere near as exciting as the original…but Floyd Mayweather is still undefeated.
Mayweather scored a unanimous decision (116-111, 116-111, 115-112) victory over Marcos Maidana on Saturday night in Las Vegas to boost his record to 47-0 with 26 knockouts.
From the opening bell, it was evident that Mayweather was more interested in outpointing his opponent than giving the fans the brawl they wanted to see. Although the bout’s action was flat at times throughout the fight, Mayweather countered enough of Maidana’s shots, while thwarting the boxer’s efforts to smother him against the ropes as he did successfully during their first bout in May.
"He's a helluva competitor. I listened to instruction my father gave me. Hit and don't get hit, " Mayweather told Jim Gray in the ring after the fight. "I give myself a C or C-minus. I'm better than that. I got hit with some shots tonight I shouldn't have."
During the eighth round, Mayweather and Maidana got tangled up and the Argentine fighter crouched and seemingly bit the tip of Mayweather’s glove, making the champ wince in pain.
“My hands were numb, my fingers were numb…he bit my left hand,” Mayweather said afterwards.
The undefeated champion even made it a point to track down his opponent in the ring and tell him that he bit him.
Aside from that moment, Mayweather controlled the tempo of the bout mundanely, but effectively throughout the 12 rounds as Maidana just never found his groove.
Mayweather’s guaranteed purse was $32 million for the fight.
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