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Marcos Maidana gave Floyd Mayweather Jr. absolute hell last night (Sat., May 3, 2014), but it wasn't quite enough to sway the questionable judges.
Indeed, "Money" exits MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, his perfect (46-0) professional boxing record intact.
But, it was so, so close.
Maidana came out and did exactly what he was supposed to do: Throw a huge number of punches and roughhouse as much as humanly possible. For the first handful of rounds, it worked like a charm, as he repeatedly forced Mayweather into the ropes and bounced his customary haymakers against Floyd's arms, body and shoulders.
Unfortunately for him, Mayweather got to where he is by being one of the absolute best in the world at making adjustments. As the rounds wore on, "Money" began to focus his fire on Maidana's body, blunting "El Chino's" relentless assault.
As a result. Maidana's output waned, allowing Mayweather to do solid work at medium range.
Still, despite the hardships, Maidana never stopped coming forward and certainly gave Mayweather his most difficult out since at least his fight with Miguel Cotto. ThoughMayweather walked away with the majority decision win, both fighters and Golden Boy CEO, Richard Schaefer agreed (in the ring) that a rematch was in order.
It was the closest, most entertaining Mayweather fight in recent memory. Here's hoping the sequel lives up to the first.
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