In far more convincing fashion than during their first bout, Floyd Mayweather Jr. easily dropped Marcos Maidana by unanimous decision Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Erasing any question of a third bout between the two middleweight boxers, Mayweather improved his record to 47-0 after the judges overwhelming picked him, 116-111, 116-111 and 115-112.
However, there was some controversy in the eighth round, when Mayweather claimed Maidana bit him on his glove. The fighters clinched, and Mayweather pulled back his left hand and grimaced, but referee Kenny Bayless did not charge Maidana a point.
Nevertheless, the American cruised past the Argentine to retain his WBC welterweight crown, connecting on 166 of his 326 punches, and likely earning as much as $32 million for the bout. The 37-year-old also landed 58 percent of his power punches, and eluded 79 percent of Maidana’s overall strikes.
“I give myself a C,” Mayweather said afterward. “I can fight a lot better than that. I really thought I was better in the first fight. I didn’t know what happened to my hand. We clinched, my hand got underneath, and he bit my middle three fingers. I couldn’t use my left hand. My middle finger busted open. He said he put my hand in his mouth. ... He’s a rugged guy, Extremely dirty, but rugged. I believe he needs to move over to MMA.”
Maidana would deny the biting accusation. He also claimed he won the fight, but most in the arena would disagree. “How could I bite him? I was wearing a mouthpiece. I’m not a dog,” Maidana said. “He’s beatable. ... If you’re aggressive with him, he doesn’t know what to do. But he’s fast on his feet, I can tell you that.”
Then Mayweather unleashed a few words boxing fans have heard before, but they may have carried a little more weight this time. “I’m going to go back and talk with my team,” he said. “If a [Manny] Pacquiao fight presents itself, let’s make it happen.”