Mayweather vs. Maidana: Breaking Down Biggest Moments of Money's Impressive Win

Sean ODonnellContributor IIIMay 4, 2014

Marcos Maidana, left, from Argentina, trades blows with Floyd Mayweather Jr. in their WBC-WBA welterweight title boxing fight Saturday, May 3, 2014, in Las Vegas. Mayweather won the bout by majority decision. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)
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It may have taken 12 rounds and a majority decision, but Floyd "Money" Mayweather now holds an unblemished 46-0 record after defeating Marcos "El Chino" Maidana on Saturday night.

Dan Rafael of ESPN tweeted the judges' scores:

Maidana put up a great fight, looking like the more aggressive boxer early in the contest; however, it was Mayweather's strong defense and stamina that decided the bout.

LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 03:  (L-R) Marcos Maidana and Floyd Mayweather Jr. exchange blows during their WBC/WBA welterweight unification fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 3, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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After surviving a flurry of Maidana's overhand rights early in the fight—and suffering a cut over his right eye (which was apparently due to an incidental headbutt)—Money found his rhythm and gained the edge.

Mayweather used his counterpunching skills effectively on Saturday, as Maidana threw plenty of punches but rarely connected. This allowed Money to deliver some hard shots with his opponent's guard down.

In the sixth round, Mayweather landed a couple of brilliant uppercuts which seemed to stop Maidana in his tracks. Kevin Iole of Yahoo! Sports noted the shots via Twitter:

Despite being worked into the corner more frequently than he would have liked, Money's strong defense held up nicely, as Maidana couldn't capitalize and make much solid contact.

The middle rounds really went in Mayweather's favor. He avoided any major contact, delivered some great counters and really got his rhythm going.

ESPN's Dan Rafael noticed this, according to a mid-fight tweet:

LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 03:  (R-L) Floyd Mayweather Jr. throws a right at Marcos Maidana during their WBC/WBA welterweight unification fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 3, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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Money continued to pour it on in the next few rounds. He landed some great combinations which staggered Maidana. However, El Chino has a very strong chin and wouldn't go away quietly.

Through 10 rounds, Mayweathers precision was well on display, landing a far better percentage of his shots than his opponent, according to a tweet from SHO Stats:

Maidana stuck to his scrappy ways though the championship rounds of the fight, throwing Mayweather around the ring—and almost out of it at one point.

LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 03:  (R-L) Floyd Mayweather Jr. throws a right at Marcos Maidana during their WBC/WBA welterweight unification fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 3, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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Despite his frustration, Money continued to land punches with great accuracy, sealing the fight and his undefeated record.

So, what's next for Mayweather after yet another victory?

Well, according to Money, a rematch against El Chino may be in order.

After the fight, Mayweather was asked about fighting Maidana again. Gary Parrish of CBS Sports tweeted his response:

Could we be in store for "The Moment II"?

We'll have to wait and see. Certainly, if it does happen—and it turns out to be nearly as exhilarating as Saturday's bout—we may be in for an instant classic.