|Maidana had his Moments But Mayweather Seized The Moment
By Bill Tibbs, MaxBoxing on Doghouse Boxing (May 4, 2014)
Photo © German Villasnor, Doghouse Boxing Inc.
Mayweather (46-0, 26 KO’s) fight is an event. All the fanfare,
fireworks and fun you could hope for. Oh, yeah, and a boxing match as
well. The reigning king of the ring gets to inch towards his goal of
50-0 and his opponent (insert name here) gets to take a crack at
being “the man who beat the man”. And, make no mistake, if you
are getting a shot at Mayweather you better have something on that
night or you are in trouble. And, to get the “Mayweather
assignment” phone call, the call every fighter from 140-160 hopes
for, you must have had something to get on the radar.
Saturday night’s card, billed as “The Moment”, at the MGM Grand
Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, Mayweather’s opponent was rough
and rugged Argentinian Marcos “El Chino” (35-4, 31 KO’s)
Maidana who had earned a ticket to the big show by beating up on
slick, previously unbeaten Adrien Broner in his last bout. While the
Pacquio fight is always the chatter around Floyd, and the name ‘Amir
Khan’ had been bandied about, it was an impressive showing against
undefeated Broner by a tough, no frills, Argentinian slugger, that
got Marcos a shot at the brass ring. In terms of styles it was
Marcos, the rugged slugger who sported a “punchers chance” vs.
the unbeaten, slick, counter punching Mayweather. And while anybody
who can crack like Maidana always has a shot, most people felt, while
strong and determined, Maidana’s style of wading in throwing bombs
was tailor-made for an artist like Mayweather who sees everything and
controls predictable fighters like Marcos in a surgeon-like fashion.
PPV bouts have become "events" more so than sports
competitions. He spent most of the time on the Showtime pre-fight
build up series “All Access” talking about his over-the-top,
mega-rich lifestyle and personal life. If you watched it you had to
stop and remind yourself there was going to be a fight at the end of
all this. But that is the Mayweather focus these days; selling the
Floyd brand, boxing is only a part of it. And to keep the ‘Floyd
Express’ rolling, remaining unbeaten is vital. One thing he does
know how to do is box, remain unbeaten and look good doing it. And,
if the opposition’s style is right he’ll look even better doing
it; Marcos supposedly had the right style to move him into the
‘better’ category on this night. Frankly, and this is as much a
testament to the talent of Grand Rapids, Michigan's most famous
athlete, most of us view Floyd fights hoping for someone to give
him a run. But, more often than not, we're pretty sure of the outcome
before the first bell. And, while a tough, rough guy like Maidana had
more than earned his chance to topple the PPV king by slapping around
Adrien Broner for 12 rounds a few months back, Floyd ain't Adrien.
Most people figured they were going to watch the aggressive,
bombs away banger Maidana throwing caution, and right hands, to the
wind hoping to land the money punch and pull off the biggest upset in
the game in a long time. But, things usually play out as they are
supposed to and this was the case on Saturday night. Maidana was as
tough and effectively aggressive as you can hope for against Floyd.
In the end, in a (at-times) competitive battle, Mayweather had his
moment in the spotlight while Maidana simply tried to find the moment to land his looping right hand power shot and hand Floyd
his first loss. “El Chino” was aggressive and game, and had a few
moments where he landed some strong shots that caught Floyd’s
attention. However, not unlike the 45 previous opponents before him,
he plain and simply didn’t have the tools to solve the Floyd
puzzle. In the end, a focused and pin-point counter punching
Mayweather out boxed and out landed the game Maidana over 12 rounds.
The scores were 114-114, with 2 judges going with 117-11, and 116-112
for Mayweather. Marcos heads back to Argentina a hero, and a whole
lot richer having secured the biggest pay cheque in his career; he’ll
be back. For Floyd, it’s onward and upward as he looks for B-side
victim # 37 for his next event in the fall. The fight was not the
one-sided boxing match most people felt it would be and as a result
the immediate post-fight chatter found most people calling for a
rematch. As Floyd said in his post-fight interview with Showtime’s
Jim Gray,“If the fans wanna see it again, we’ll do it again”.
Ringside analyst Paulie Malignaggi added, “It was a good fight for
the fans, I wouldn’t mind seeing it again”. Sorry Amir, don’t
start prepping for a Mayweather bout just yet. Perhaps, “El Chino”
and “money” have some unfinished business.
Luis Collazo (35-5, 18 KO’s) was coming into the bout with English
star Amir Khan (29-3, 19 KO’s) hot off his last KO win over Victor
Ortiz. The feeling was that Collazo would try to keep the ball
rolling and use his hand speed and combination counters to try to
upset Khan and secure a possible shot with headliner Floyd
Mayweather. In the end, a sharp and focused Khan, who dropped Collazo
3 times in the bout, boxed off a strong jab and hard right hands to
secure a 12 round unanimous decision win and set him up for a
possible shot at Mayweather. Scores were 117-106, 119-104, 119-104.
other bouts of note, Adrien Broner (28-1, 22 KOs) won a ten round
unanimous decision over Carlos Molina (17-2-1, 7 KOs), scores were
99-91, 98-92, 100-90, all for Broner. And, unbeaten super
middleweight J’Leon Love (18-0, 10 KOs) won a ten round unanimous
decision over former world title challenger Marco Antonio Periban
(20-1-1, 13 KOs). Love was dropped in round 5.
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