Floyd Mayweather vs. Marcos Maidana Results: Round-by-Round Analysis and Recap
It's all over in Las Vegas and Floyd Mayweather remains undefeated. But this one was by no means easy.
For his second straight fight, Mayweather wins by majority decision. Unlike his fight last fall with Saul Alvarez, though, judge Michael Pernick's score of 114-114 was entirely reasonable. I think Burt A. Clements' 117-111 for Mayweather seems a bit lopsided.
Many rounds were very close. Fans who hate Mayweatherer will say Marcos Maidana was robbed. That's a wild exaggeration. Since I was updating throughout the fight, I don't feel like I could provide a reliable score.
But to me it looked close enough to go either way.
The tough Argentinian "El Chino" fought a terrific fight, asserting his game plan for long stretches. His awkward, physical style made it very hard for Mayweather to counter with his traditional precision.
Maidana threw a lot more punches, but Mayweather landed with incredible accuracy, connecting with 65% of his power shots.
In his post-fight interview with Showtime's Jim Gray, Maidana remained unbowed. When asked if he would want a rematch, he proudly stated that he should give Mayweather the rematch, since he was the one who won.
Golden Boy's Richard Shaefer and Mayweather himself were quick to agree that a rematch would make perfect sense, if it's what the fans want to see. So don't be surprised to see these two back in Las Vegas again next fall.
Round 1: the Wild Bull of the Pampas Comes Forward
Marcos Maidana looked to establish his jab early, but the fight was not much more than 10 seconds old before he attempted his first overhand right. Floyd Mayweather controlled the range and established his jab, letting go with a hook to the body at just over a minute in.
As the round approached the midway point, Maidana swarmed as Mayweather attempted to clinch, throwing bushels of punches. Maidana continued the aggressive attack throughout the second half of the round, smothering any ability of Mayweather to counter attack.
Mayweather spent a long time on the ropes, blocking and slipping almost everything. But Maidana's activity level rallied the crowd.
Round 2: Maidana Digs to the Body, Mayweather Tries to Maintain Range
After Marcos Maidana threw an even 100 punches in Round 1, Mayweather attempted to maintain range and utilize his speed in Round 2. For the first half of the round, the strategy was working.
But Maidana managed to push Mayweather to the ropes about midway through and landed some thudding body shots to Mayweather's torsos. I don't remember the last time I've seen anybody score to Mayweather's body like that.
Mayweather re-established his range down the stretch, but Maidana's pure tenacity and aggression denied Mayweather the ability to be slick on the inside.
Round 3: The Boxer and the Brawler
I'm not sure the crowd had sat down once all fight as Round 3 began. Mayweather tried to reassert a boxing match while Maidana attempted to drag the fight into the gutter.
Mayweather started to time his lead right hand in this round, which is never a good sign for his opponents. But Maidana continued to have some success forcing the brawl.
About midway through the round Maidana was warned for rough housing. He didn't appear the least bit contrite. It was exactly the sort of fight he needed to fight to win.
Round 4: Mayweather Get Cut for the First Time in His Career
Although Mayweather asserted more control in the first half of this round, he also received a cut over his right eye. It was not immediately clear whether the cut came from a head butt or punch.
Maidana continued to come forward. The first cut of his career appeared to be bothering Mayweather, though he continued to land some good shots.
At the same time, Maidana pressed and finished the round with a great flurry on the ropes.
Round 5: A Great Brawl Continues
Usually by the time Round 5 starts on a Mayweather fight, it's already obvious that he is well on his way to victory. But in this fight, I was not even sure he was winning.
The referee ruled the cut on an accidental headbutt between rounds.
This round was more of the same, with Maidana pressuring and pounding at Mayweather's body, while Mayweather continued to land his own heavy shots. But Mayweather was having far more trouble countering the erratic Maidana than anybody else he's ever fought.
Round 6: Halfway Down but a Long Way to Go
Mayweather continued to look for his traditional counter potshots in this round and continued to have great difficulty finding them. Maidana's awkward style simply makes it tough for him to time a counter.
Paulie Malignaggi correctly diagnosed the problem as part of the Showtime broadcast team: Mayweather needed to get off with his punches off first. Instead he was spending too much time hesitating and allowing himself to be bullied into the ropes.
He's been so comfortable on the ropes for so long, it was almost like he was going there on instinct.
Late in the round, Mayweather started to find some very good scoring shots in the center of the ring. But the first half of this fight went exactly how Maidana wanted it to go.
Round 7: Mayweather Looks to Hold the Center of the Ring
Mayweather has always been a master of adjustments and over half way through the fight, he finally showed some signs of doing it against Maidana. He spent far more of the round in the center of the ring and was better defensively when he did find himself on the ropes.
Maidana's pace was notably slower and Mayweather landed his best counters of the fight from off the ropes.
The Showtime crew had two unofficial cards even and one with Maidana up by two rounds after the first six rounds of the right.
But Round 7 was clearly Mayweather's round.
Round 8: Maidana Digs in and Roars Back
After a tough round, Maidana came roaring out for Round 8. He bullied Mayweather into the corner and scored well to the body, not appearing to be too concerned about letting his shots drop below the belt.
Mayweather adjusted and took the fight back into the center of the ring in the later part of the round, landing a number of hard, chopping right hands. But Maidana's awkward, physical style continued to create problems.
I think the round went to Mayweather, but it was another very close, bruising three minutes that could go either way.
Round 9: Mayweather Scores Big
With the fight now two-thirds over, it remained very much up for grabs. Maidana's awkward, attacking style continued to make it difficult for Mayweather to land counters and often backed Mayweather up into the ropes.
Mayweather landed some very good left hooks and a jolting right cross near the two-minute mark. Just prior to 2:30 Mayweather scored with a blistering combination. As the round was ending, Mayweather actually backed Maidana up with quick right-left combinations.
This round was clearly a Mayweather round.
Round 10: This Had to Be a Swing Round
With the fighting entering the championship rounds, Floyd Mayweather looked like he could be on the verge of losing his first fight ever. With so many swarming, close rounds, there was no way to know how the judges might be scoring at ringside.
Mayweather scored well to both the body and head, but Maidana continued to maintain his busy, pressure-style. This was a potential swing round for determining the fight. Mayweather landed a nice right hand just prior to the bell.
Round 11: With the Fight on the Line, Maidana Continued to Swarm
With just six minutes left in the fight, both men needed to fight to win every second left in the fight. It's been a long time since that was the case in a Floyd Mayweather fight.
Mayweather had a very good round controlling the range. Maidana looked to have slowed down some, in spite of himself. Mayweather was able to land good scoring shots to the body and head for the first two minutes of the round.
As the round entered its final minute, Maidana picked up the pace and threatened to steal the round back. He bullied Mayweather into the ropes and swarmed, even wrestling Mayweather to the canvas.
A round that looked like Mayweather's suddenly became close in the final minute.
Round 12: Mayweather Forced to Fight to the Final Bell
For the first time in over a decade, Floyd Mayweather was forced to fight with uncertainty in the final round. It's been a long time since anybody has pushed the pound-for-pound king like this.
Mayweather did a good job holding the center of the ring and landing with more precision. But Maidana was once again able to bull inside and make it rough.
As the final bell rang, the crowd was on its feet. And the outcome was by no means certain.