After a much more entertaining and close fight than many expected, Floyd Mayweather kept his perfect record with a victory via majority decision over Marcos Maidana at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on Saturday night.
ESPN's Dan Rafael tweeted the results:
Not many expected Maidana (35-4) to pose much of a challenge to Mayweather (46-0), but it was clear moments after the opening bell he was going to present some problems. Maidana was active and aggressive.
They met in center ring at the start of Round 1. Mayweather landed a combo and looked strong. Maidana got a warning for grabbing the head and soon after he was launching an arsenal of haymakers.
He quickly had Money retreating to the ropes, and all of sudden, this was a fantastic back-and-forth fight. Mayweather even picked up a cut over his right eye. Although, it was unclear if it was from a punch or a head-butt.
It was fair to wonder, as Al Bernstein did in the below tweet from Showtime Sports, if Maidana could keep up his viscous pace, but it was clear he wasn't going to be overwhelmed:
The early rounds were close. The below photo from Showtime Sports offers a good representation of a lot of the action:
Through five rounds, it was tough to separate the two. Money's trademark defense was not as sharp as usual. Where he can usually rely on his shoulder roll to deflect opponents, he was having a hard time getting his rhythm and was often up against the ropes.
All the while, Maidana was not slowing down. Sports Illustrated's Chris Mannix offered up this assessment:
Maidana piling up points with his relentless assault. Mayweather is going to have to turn this thing around in the second half of the fight— Chris Mannix (@ChrisMannixSI) May 4, 2014
Mayweather started to find his rhythm in the sixth. Mayweather hurt Maidana with a big right in that round, and his defense looked a little more polished.
Give Maidana credit, however; he never relented. As the tweet from SHO Stats displays, he threw over 400 more punches than Money:
#ShoStats: Total Punches Landed/Thrown thru 12 Mayweather [230/426, 53%] Maidana [221/858, 25%]— SHO Stats (@SHOStats) May 4, 2014
Maidana would never let Money get full control of this fight, but Mayweather did enough to earn the victory with the judges.
With the win, Mayweather's perfect record remains intact. However, the 37-year-old looked far from invincible. He left himself vulnerable to some big shots from Maidana, and this was a fight he was expected to dominate.
In the end, no one expected Mayweather to get hit as much as he did. Mannix helps point that out:
CompuBox has tracked 38 Mayweather fights. Maidana landed the most punches (221) of any against Mayweather.— Chris Mannix (@ChrisMannixSI) May 4, 2014
Mayweather will rightfully remain the pound-for-pound king after this fight, but he also appears a little more vulnerable.