The master boxer turned slugger tonight as Floyd Mayweather (46-0, 26 KOs) edged Marcos Maidana (35-4, 31 KOs) over 12 intense rounds at a raucous MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The scores were 114-114, 117-111 and 116-112.
Doghouseboxing, reporting from ringside, scored the bout 115-113 for Mayweather.
The fight was televised live on Showtime Pay-Per-View.
Mayweather opened fast, but it was Maidana who quickly turned the tables. He backed Mayweather into the ropes and fired punches. A clubbing right (the same punch that hurt Adrien Broner in his last fight) connected. A left hook to the body also found pay dirt.
When the action stayed in the center of the ring, Mayweather did well. He countered Maidana effectively. Maidana had success when he bulled Mayweather into the ropes. He dug to the body and head.
Mayweather was cut for the first time in his professional career in round four. A headbutt did the deed. Maidana continued to apply enormous pressure. Mayweather nailed Maidana with left hooks from a distance. Maidana landed to the head and body. His punch output had Mayweather on the defensive.
Mayweather did well in rounds five and six. He potshotted Maidana with left hooks and right hands. A couple of lead rights also landed. Maidana connected with another overhand punch. Mayweather’s bodywork was impressive.
Maidana pushed Mayweather in rounds seven and eight. He absorbed a volume of shots, but battled back to sting Mayweather. The slugger from Argentina refused to give in.
Mayweather landed a huge right hand at the end of round 10. The punch shook Maidana. Mayweather did well in the first two minutes of round 11, but Maidina willed himself to punish Mayweather some more.
For many, the last round could decide the fight. Mayweather opened the stanza by clipping Maidana with a combination. Maidana found Mayweather to the body and head. Mayweather connected with rights and counter shots.
“I wanted to give the fans an exciting fight,” said Mayweather after the bout. ”We gave the fans what they wanted to see tonight. If the fans wants to see, (a rematch) we‘ll fight again”
“I definitely did think I won the fight,” said Maidana. “Floyd didn’t fight like a man.”