Floyd Mayweather Jr. preserved his immaculate boxing record on Saturday but not before surviving a dogfight with Argentine brawler Marcos Maidana in their WBC and WBA Welterweight unification fight at MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas, Nevada. Just hours after their showdown, a rematch between these two ring gladiators are now being talked, a fight that could happen later in the year.
The 37-year old Mayweather claimed his 46th career win as a professional boxer with a 14-114. 117-111 and 116-112 majority decision result against Maidana. However, the outcome of the bout was different than expected as the Argentine brought the fight to Mayweather right from the opening bell.
Maidana took away Mayweather's advantage in height and reach by relentlessly attacking the American. The Argentine used his wide frame to bully Mayweather on the ropes, firing overhand right punches that rattled the pound-for-pound king in some occasion of the match.
Mayweather even sustained a cut above the right eye in the fourth round that put him in a bit of trouble in the next two rounds of their championship match.
"I couldn't see for two rounds after the head butt," Mayweather said in an interview after the fight. "After I could see again it didn't both me. That's what champions do, they survive and adjust."
Mayweather, who landed 230 of 426 punches to 221 of 858 for Maidana, lauded his opponent for giving him the hardest bout he ever had since his showdown Jose Luis Castillo early in his pro career.
"It was a tough, competitive fight," Mayweather said. "I normally like to go out there and box and move. But he put pressure on me. I wanted to give the fans what they wanted to see so I stood and fought him.
On the other hand, Maidana thought he won the fight and believed Mayweather did not fight like a man as he expected from him.
Apparently, it seems Maidana will have another shot at Mayweather later this year as the American already expressed his desire to give the Argentine brawler a rematch in September.
"I don't duck or dodge anyone. If Maidana feels he won, in September, he can get it again. Did Maidana win some rounds? Absolutely. I'm not going to cry and complain," added Mayweather, who collected $32 million in guaranteed money along with his share in PPV and Merchandize buys.