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Floyd Mayweather Jr. wins a tough fight

Mayweather Winner By Majority Decision


By TIM DAHLBERG
AP Boxing Writer

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- It might have been the toughest $32 million Floyd Mayweather Jr. ever made.

Marcos Maidana did everything Saturday night but beat Mayweather, taking him 12 tough rounds before losing a majority decision.

Mayweather remained unbeaten, but not by much. Maidana swarmed all over him from the opening bell and gave him perhaps his toughest fight in a 16-year professional career.

Cut over his eye and temporarily blinded by a head butt in the fourth round, Mayweather had to rally in the last half of the fight to avoid losing for the first time since he was beaten on a controversial decision in the 1996 Olympics.

In the end, though, Mayweather got the win - just as he did in his previous 45 fights in a decision that was met with disbelief by Maidana and booed heavily by the crowd. He retained his welterweight title by winning 117-111 on one scorecard and 116-112 on another. A third judge had it even at 114-114.

The Associated Press scored it for Mayweather 115-113.

Maidana threw far more punches, but Mayweather was more accurate with his as the two battled into the late rounds with the fight still very much in doubt. Cheered on by a large contingent of Argentine fans, Maidana took the fight to Mayweather, who was cut by the right eye in the fourth round by an accidental head butt.

"It was a tough, competitive fight," Mayweather said. "I normally like to go out there and box and move. But he put pressure on me. I wanted to give the fans what they wanted to see so I stood and fought him.

Maidana raised his arms in victory when the final bell sounded, and Mayweather watched pensively from his corner as the scorecards were added up before he was declared the winner.

"I think I won the fight," Maidana said. "He didn't fight like a man."

Punch stats by Compubox showed Mayweather landing 230 of 426 punches to 221 of 858 for Maidana. It was the most punches landed by any fighter against Mayweather in 38 fights where punch stats were compiled.

Maidana had a big lead in the early rounds through his constant aggression. But Mayweather won five of the last seven rounds on two scorecards and six of seven on a third to pull out the win by a narrow margin.

"I couldn't see for two rounds after the head butt," Mayweather said. "After I could see again it didn't both me. That's what champions do, they survive and adjust."

Maidana had said before the fight he was going to treat Mayweather like any other fighter and go right after him. He did just that, bringing the sellout crowd at the MGM Grand hotel to its feet as he landed some big overhand right hands to the top of Mayweather's head.

"He never hurt me with a punch," Maidana said. "He wasn't that tough, I thought I won."

Maidana complained about being forced to fight with gloves he didn't want to use when the two camps engaged in a standoff over gloves at the rules meeting a day earlier.

"If I would have had my gloves I would have knocked him out," Maidana said. "They took away my advantage."

Mayweather, who earned $32 million for the fight, was a 6-1 favorite coming to remain unbeaten. He had picked Maidana as an opponent because Maidana beat Adrien Broner in an upset in December, but he almost made the wrong pick.

Mayweather seemed confused early and unable to adapt to the wild punches thrown by Maidana. It wasn't until the middle rounds that he got into more of a rhythm, hitting Maidana with hooks to the body and right punches to the head.

Still, the fight was in doubt late as Maidana wouldn't quit coming forward. With the crowd on its feet in the final round he tried to land big punches, but Mayweather was able to escape most of them.

Maidana, who was cheered by the crowd as he left the ring, said he wanted a rematch, and both promoter Richard Schaefer and Mayweather said he just might get one after nearly pulling off one of the biggest upsets in recent years.

"If the fans want to see it again, let's do it again," Mayweather said.

Mayweather Hints At Rematch

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Richard May 04 2014 at 10:37 AM

Bob and weave, duck and cover --- not how you win a fight.

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Atley57 Richard May 04 2014 at 11:48 AM

These tactics applied along with accurate and timely punching.

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harleybv May 04 2014 at 12:34 PM

If you are the undisputed champ with 45 straight wins,then to lose a fight you have to be an overwhelming loss, preferrably a knockout..You cant come in and stand toe to e with someone who has not been beat and expect a "gimme" from the refs..You have to overwhelminly be him..Close should not count when fighting in such a high profile fight.If you want to take his belt, then you damn well need to take it from him and spank him like a stepson..That was not done..it was close, but again, maybeif they both had 45 wins he may have gotten it..But he didn't. He should be happpy he came closer than anyone else and may get a rematch

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imaprod harleybv May 04 2014 at 2:01 PM

that used to be the way it was done, but not any more.

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sweed7 May 04 2014 at 12:42 PM

Head Butt, head butt! Knock a guy silly with a head butt. Much better than a dozen body punches!

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omanolis May 04 2014 at 1:08 PM

I DONT REALY LIKE MAYWEATHER BUT THIS ARGENTINIAN PUNK IS GOING TO GET KNOCKED OUT NEXT AND I WILL BE BETTING ON IT...NOTHING BUT AN EMPANADA WITH A MOUTH...

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tresamoses May 04 2014 at 1:31 PM

No excuses maidana u lost

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Shock Wave tresamoses May 04 2014 at 1:59 PM

and he lost with all the advantages!

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fralano34 May 04 2014 at 1:39 PM

I think everyone is paid off and they make millions. That's why I never pay to watch any fight. Too bad sports aren't like they used to be. It's all about money. Bring back the old time boxing. Howard Cosell was exciting. Duran (manos de piedra)and Chavez. many others like Sugar Ray Leonard Remember the Monday Night fights? Now those were the fights..

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Damansonfire May 04 2014 at 2:00 PM

Mayweather Vs Maidana was a good fight. Mayweather still won. Maidana did pose a challenge for Mayweather but here is what I saw. When the fighters weigh in the weights are pretty close. On fight day Maidana weighed almost 20 pounds more. That in itself is a huge advantage. Mayweather’s skill set for a fighter his weight is unmatched only bigger and stronger fighters will prevail and Mayweather is reaching his limit in allowing fighters with so much weight gain after the weigh in. Mayweathter is a natural 147 pounder There is no way a punch from a 147 pound fighter will have the same impact as that of a 167 pound fighter over the course of the fight. Fight aficionados love seeing a brawl and will always cheer for the underdog but Roger Mayweather Jr. is still to good to be beaten and you have to beat the champion convincibly to have a case. Maidana fought an identical fight just like Mayweather vs Castillo 1 but Mayweather still out pointed Castillo just like he did to Maidana.

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Hello Bill May 04 2014 at 2:01 PM

32 million...32 million....I would duck it out with godzilla for 20 million bucks!!!! And his ugly cousin.....Where do I sign?????

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hendrickspi May 04 2014 at 2:16 PM

Very good, close fight. Still not as good as Mayweather-DeLaHoya. Mayweather won by a SPLIT decision, not a majority decision. Like all fighters, Mayweather is at the end of his career and he may have lost a step or two. He should get a lot of credit for fighting a guy 20 pounds heavier on fight night. The governing bodies should stop that kind of nonsense. Yesterday, you had a welterweight fighting a super middle weight? Ridiculous.

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babsczz hendrickspi May 04 2014 at 2:29 PM

I thought he was only about 1/2 pound heavier but maybe many years Mayweathers Junior.

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Brenda babsczz May 04 2014 at 3:02 PM

Only 1/2 pound heavier at weigh-in, he went into the fight 17 pounds over.

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dws51564 hendrickspi May 04 2014 at 4:27 PM

The weigh ins should go back to the morning of the fight.

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DocLagos May 04 2014 at 2:22 PM

No "Re-Match" FLoyd, No "re-match"!! You WON, not him!! You have it all to lose, he has Nothing to Lose!!!!

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James DocLagos May 04 2014 at 2:49 PM

I agree...Maidana came out in the first 6 rounds at a really fast pace. I honestly believe if Maidana would have paced himself a little slower, that might of made a difference going into the late round...by the 7-8th. round, Maidana had punched himself out of gas...

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