It wasn’t the best fight to watch, nor was the PPV card the worthiest of them all, but bigger things could be on the horizon. Floyd Mayweather (47-0, 26 KO’s) chalked up another W to his undefeated record earlier tonight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, NV by grinding out another win against Marcos Maidana (35-5, 31 KO’s). This time around though, it was much easier for him.
Maidana still landed some big shots on Money Mayweather but he didn't get the opportunity as much as he did in the first fight. Floyd was on his legs, countering, and holding every time his back got on the ropes. Referee Kenny Bayless made his night a lot easier as Mayweather was able to hold Maidana every time he got to close making sure Bayless broke them up. Mayweather spend most of the night using the entire ring as his moving ground making sure not to allow himself to be on the inside with Maidana. Maidana, who’s plan coming into the fight was to throw 100 punches per round, barely averaged 50 as he spent most of the time trying to get in on Floyd, and taking big shots when he did.
It wasn’t easy for Floyd, and it was still one of his more difficult fight. Mayweather took some big shots, a bite, looked tired at times, and may have even got rocked at the end of the third round with a big right hand. At times he found himself on the ropes trying to defend a barrage of punches from Maidana’s arsenal. At the end of the day though it was Floyd’s masterful game plan that prevailed. If his back touched the ropes, he moved. If he couldn't move, he held, and everything that Maidana had used to his advantage in the first fight was nullified as much as it could be. Floyd cruised to a unanimous decision victory. Scores were 116-111, 116-111, and 115-112.
After the fight though is where perhaps the most excitement lied as Floyd once again teased the idea of a mega fight with Manny Pacquiao.
“I have to talk to my promoters. Pacquiao has to win his fight first. If the fight presents itself, let’s make it happen.” It’s not an agreement but it’s the closest thing that we’ve got out of Floyd in the past two years. Showtime has been reluctant to ask Floyd about the Pacquiao fight in his last three post fight interviews but with the Floyd’s contract running out, and PPV buy below average, the pressure may be on to make some big 2015 fights. We’ll see.