Floyd Money Mayweather Jr. was not “distracted”. Instead, he appeared as focused as ever in the ring against a very difficult and unpredictable opponent in Marcos Maidana. Floyd was aggressive, entertaining, brave, gutsy, tough and extremely efficient.
I failed to comprehend on which planet was the judge who judged this fight even. Similarly I failed to understand what Stephen A. Smith meant when he alluded to the fight being a lot closer than the other two other judges scored. I think since Mayweather is so used to completely dominating his competition like a giant stepping onto an insect, they were unprepared for an intense, physical fight and surprise by the worth the world class opposition proposed by Maidana.
I had the fight 8-4 Mayweather. I can stretch a close round and say 7-5, but it is as far as one can stretch the truth. Floyd Mayweather Jr. won that fight decisively. He was monstrous in there. Floyd Mayweather put up a much more impressive offensive performance than I expected, and he was much more offensive than he was against Canelo Alvarez, Robert Guerrero, or even Miguel Cotto.
Floyd Mayweather was aggressive and always beating Maidana to the punch in the middle of the ring while he competed almost neck in neck with Maidana in the ropes. Even though Maidana’s volume of production was fast superior to that Floyd Mayweather Jr., Maidana rarely landed clean shots.
People have to realize that Maidana was being allowed by Mayweather to work in the ropes. And Even if he was hit by some shots, including landed power punches, he avoided most of Maidana punches. In fact, the Copy Box numbers are clear Maidana only landed 221 total punches out of 858 landing at a low 26%. To be precise Maidana did much better in the power punches department landing 185 out of 540 punches thrown. Landing 34% of his power punches got Maidana very much in the fight, but not close enough to beat Money May’s 65% power shot connecting rate. Floyd Mayweather landed 178 power punches out of 274 thrown, and connected a total of 230 out 426 punches thrown landing at an extraordinary 54%.
Numbers don’t lie! Floyd Mayweather threw nearly half of Maidana total punches, yet he landed more punches than Maidana did.
Mayweather has always fought well in the ropes. And in all his championship fights he always competed very well against his opponents in the ropes. Against Cotto, Mayweather was in the fights in the ropes. Even if I gave Cotto a 60/40 advantage for his work in the ropes, Cotto failed to land most of his combinations and never really cleanly landed his famous left hook to the body. Cotto was very active throwing hundreds of combinations, but he landed very few shots. This is the story of Maidana’s performance.
Maidana never rocked Mayweather or severely hurt him as many expected after he twice dropped “Mr. wanna be Mayweather” Adrien Broner. And he did not fight in Mayweather’s chest like Ricky “the Hitman” Hatton did with success for a few rounds. Pushing Money Mayweather in the ropes and throwing a lot of combinations hoping some punches land is not a new tactic or an effective one. This is what must of the fighters who got in the ring with the Emperor of Boxing have done. The problem is that they just fail to realize that they are not punching mists or a punching bag but the finest defensive boxer in the history of the sport. Mayweather shoulder roll defense and defensive body angles make all of his opponents miss the target, punch in the wind, land unclean accompanied shots which lose power and effectiveness. This was the story of the fight against Cotto as well as against Maidana.
I thought Mayweather looked very strong. All the great body shots Maidana threw never slowed him down one bit not even in the late rounds. This is a testament to his elite conditioning even at 37 years of age.
I saw him completely dominate Maidana in the center of the ring while he effectively held his ground in the ropes counter punching the high volume punching Maidana. I saw Mayweather square up sometimes just like he did against Robert Guerrero, and hook Maidana with power shots. I saw a Mayweather that never ran away, and was always in the pocket standing toe to toe with a dangerous and powerful puncher.
Yet even after such a great boxing spectacle I saw an avalanche of unfair and unwarranted criticism and talk of a close fight in possible need of a rematch.
On May Day, Pretty Boy Floyd Money Mayweather weathered the Maidana storm. He defeated him decisively in an excited fight which was worth the pay per view money spent by millions of boxing fans around the world. On May Day Floyd Mayweather Jr. reminded everyone why he is the Pound for Pound Emperor of Boxing by keeping his 18 years old Mayvinci code uncracked yet again.