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"The Moment" is finally here!
Later this evening (Sat., April 26, 2014) at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, pound-for-pound boxing emperor Floyd Mayweather (45-0, 26 KO) takes on one of the fiercest puglists in the sport, Argentina's power-punching Marcos Maidana (35-3, 31 KO).
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Mayweather was last seen trouncing "Canelo" Alvarez, earning a career-high payday in the process and handing the young superstar his first professional defeat. Maidana, meanwhile, most recently demolished Mayweather understudy Adrien Broner in Dec. 2013.
"MAYWEATHER VS. MAIDANA" QUICK RESULTS:
Welterweight: Floyd Mayweather vs. Marcos Maidana -- Mayweather via majority decision (114-114, 117-111, 116-112)
Welterweight: Amir Khan vs. Luis Collazo -- Khan via unanimous decision (117-106, 119-104, 119-104)
Junior Welterweight: Adrien Broner vs. John Molina -- Broner via unanimous decision (99-91, 98-92, 100-90)
Super Middleweight: J'Leon Love vs. Marco Antonio Periban -- Love via unanimous decision (95-93, 97-92, 96-93)
"MAYWEATHER VS. MAIDANA" PLAY-BY-PLAY UPDATES:
Floyd Mayweather vs. Marcos Maidana
Round one: Maidana moving forward, falls short with his right hand. Mayweather jabbing the body and head. Floyd spins away from the ropes. Right to the body from Maidana. One minute in. Nice chopping right by Floyd. Jab landing will. Maidana connects with a left into the clinch. Maidana clubs Floyd to the body and head in the clinch. Good chopping right by Maidana and he whacks Floyd against the ropes to the head and body. Maidana extremely active with a minute left. Floyd to the body. Maidana landing the arcing right hand. Floyd doing well with left hooks while his back's on the ropes. Both men land high and low. Clinch in the last ten seconds. Round ends, 10-9 Maidana.
Round two: Floyd continuing to jab the body well. Maidana jabbing as well, eats a lead right. Hard check hook by Floyd. One minute in. Maidana moves Floyd to the ropes, tries to roughhouse but gets tied up. Right to the body by Marcos. Good body shots by Maidana and right hands to the head against the ropes. Nice right from Floyd. Brutal left hooks to the body and a left uppercut to the head by Mayweather. Nice jabs by Floyd. One minute left. Maidana moves him to the ropes, Floyd clinches. Another move to the ropes, no luck. Floyd scores with a right before the bell, 19-19.
Round three: Floyd clinches as Marcos advances. Left hook by Floyd, Maidana stings the body in response. Floyd continuing to jab the body well. Counter right by Floyd. One minute in. Good combo by Floyd. Maidana steps in, gets clinched. Maidana moves him to the ropes and lands some solid shots around the guard. Arcing right hands and body shots landing for Marcos. Floyd reverses position, lands a left hook. One minute left. Floyd again targeting the body with his jab and landing right hands upstairs. Maidana clubs to the body and head in close. Good shots by Marcos before Floyd clinches. Closer round, 29-28 Mayweather.
Round four: Ref is not happy with the clinching and elbows. Left hook to the body from Marcos, one to the head falls short. Marcos digs to the body against the ropes. One minute in. Right to the body by Marcos. Floyd firing back. Maidana constantly moving Floyd about the ring. Halfway through the round. Floyd is cut over his right eye. Maidana continues targeting the body and flinging that wild right hand. Floyd lands a counter left hook. Clinch. Floyd to the body. Maidana dings the body, Floyd clinches. He does not look comfortable. Floyd whacks Marcos with an uppercut as he takes a left hook to the body. Maidana's round. 38-38.
Round five: Maidana lands a right hook to the body. Floyd keeping Marcos at range. Clinch. Lead right from Marcos, clinch. One minute in. Clinch. Good overhand right by El Chino, then a clinch. Both tag the body. Mayweather continues jabbing the body. Clinch. 0:45 to go. Maidana to the body, left hook upstairs blocked. Marcos continues tagging the body. Marcos digging away in the clinch before the bell. 48-47 Maidana.
Round six: Good lead right by Floyd. Marcos continues to force Floyd back and do damage from point-blank range. Clinch. Maidana works the body again, pushing Floyd to the ropes and working despite having one hand trapped. Ninety seconds in. Big right uppercut by Floyd. Jab to the body by Floyd. Left hook upstairs. Both land left hooks. Floyd to the body. Good right by Floyd. Lead right connects. Maidana to the body at close range. Check hook from Floyd and an overhand right. Close round. 58-56 Maidana.
Round seven: Hard left hook to the body from Maidana, clinch. Both land good body shots. Lead right by Floyd. One minute in. Floyd with a left hook to the body, eats hooks from Maidana. Floyd tagging the body while pressed against the ropes. Maidana winning the ring generalship so far. Maidana digging to the body, takes hooks to the head from Floyd. Clinch. Nice left hooks by Floyd. One minute left. Clinch. Maidana to the body. Floyd jabs the body. Good crosses by Floyd. Maidana presses Floyd into the corner and goes to work. These rounds are incredibly hard to score. 67-66 Maidana.
Round eight: Maidana to the body, again forces Floyd to the ropes and goes to work with hooks downstairs and swatting right hands. Floyd lands a counter right, Maidana works the body and one strays low. One minute in. Good cross by Floyd and another. Clinch. Floyd again jabs the body. Maidana to the body. Floyd to the body. One minute left. Left hook by El Chino. Floyd connects with a right downstairs. Maidana moves Floyd to the ropes and lands with some power shots. Chopping right from Floyd. Maidana to the body. Floyd counters at the bell. 77-75 Maidana.
Round nine: Maidana lands a right to the body and gets tied up. Flurry falls short. Floyd lands a right cross and another. One minute in. Jab to the body. Again. Clinch. Another solid lead right form Floyd and a left hook. Long left hook lands for Marcos. Floyd right connects. Another good right. Maidana moves Floyd to the ropes, can't get much done there. Mayweather whacks him with a right. Thirty seconds. Right hand downstairs. Maidana jabbing well to end the round. 86-85 Maidana.
Round ten: Marcos back in pursuit to start the round. Floyd jabbing effectively. Left uppercut, right straight both land for Floyd. Good flurry. One minute in. Marcos whacks him on the ropes, Floyd clinches. Again. Again. Lead right by Floyd. Jab to the body. Clinch. One minute to go. Clincnh. Marcos to the body with Floyd against the ropes. Clinch. Mayweather to the body with some go.od right hands. Nice right hand by Marcos. Floyd cracks him with a straight at the bell. 96-94 Maidana.
Round eleven: Nice left hook and body shots from Floyd. Right to the body again. Floyd connecting well. Lead right upstairs. Clinch. Floyd again to the body. Marcos steps in with haymakers and gets tied up. Minute in. Lead right by Floyd, Marcos clinches. Clinch. Again, this time Marcos does work against the ropes. Marcos again lands well after tying Floyd up. Marcos active in the final minute. Clinch, Maidana scores a takedown. Marcos digs in the clinch after the restart. Floyd connects with a pair of rights before the bell. 105-104 Maidana.
Round twelve: Floyd lands a left hook early. Marcos jabbing aggressively. Floyd jabs the body. Lead right connects, Maidana answers with an overhand. Clinch. Two minutes left in the fight. Maidana moves into the clinch, digs and then gets clinched. Clinch. Nice shots by Maidana as he pushes Floyd back. Clinch. One minute. Clinch. Clinch. Thirty seconds. Good right hand by Floyd. Clinch. Mayweather digs in the clinch. Fight ends, 115-113 Maidana. I don't know if he's done it or if I'm just an idiot, but he damn sure gave Floyd a fight.
Final result: Mayweather def. Maidana by majority decision