It wasn't easy for Floyd Mayweather on Saturday night at the MGM Grand, but after 12 rounds and a majority decision, Money's unblemished record moved to 46-0.
Marcos Maidana deserves a large amount of credit for his effort. He put up a far better fight than many previously anticipated. However, due to his wild, scrappy fighting style, he couldn't land many clean shots on the defensively sound Mayweather.
This, in part, sealed El Chino's fate.
In the early rounds, it appeared as though Maidana had the upper hand.
Mayweather couldn't seem to get any kind of rhythm going and allowed his opponent to back him up against the ropes while unleashing a flurry of punches on numerous occasions.
Despite not landing a high percentage of shots early in the fight, Maidana landed a significantly higher amount of power shots through three rounds, according to a tweet from The Sweet Science:
During the fight's middle rounds, Mayweather began to find his rhythm and gain his footing against Maidana.
He began to keep the fight in the center of the ring while using effective counterpunching to slow down El Chino's attack.
Through 10 rounds, Mayweather landed one more punch than Maidana; however, the amount of punches thrown by each fighter was completely unbalanced, according to a tweet from SHO Stats:
Mayweather continued to attack through the 11th round and upped his advantage on punches landed. Kevin Iole of Yahoo! Sports tweeted the numbers:
Iole tweeted the final numbers for the fight upon the conclusion of Round 12:
That's not a typo.
Maidana threw 432 more punches than Mayweather over the course of the fight. However, quality far outweighs quantity, as Money landed nine more punches despite throwing far fewer.
Mayweather's accuracy produced the most telling statistic of the night—the judges' decision:
It wasn't smooth sailing for Mayweather. The amount of punches landed by Maidana was the most ever received in a single fight by the pound-for-pound king, according to a tweet from Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated:
Saturday's bout was certainly better than most anticipated. So, how about a rematch?
Mayweather was asked about it after the fight, and Mannix tweeted his response:
Of course, we know Maidana will be up for it as well. He also spoke of a rematch after the fight, according to a tweet from BoxNation:
Is "The Moment II" in store for us? We'll have to wait and see.
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