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.