Floyd Mayweather defeated Marcos Maidana (watch the highlights here) via majority decision (114-114, 117-111, 116-112) in the main event of last night's (Sat., May 3, 2014) "The Moment" pay-per-view (PPV) at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
But he didn't fight like a man.
That's what Maidana was claiming in the post-fight interview on Showtime, at least, indignant at the decision that had been handed down from the ringside judges. He was confident he was the victor, so much so that he said:
"I definitely think I won. Floyd did not fight like a man like I expected him to do. I had to change the gloves [after a last-minute problem with his original gloves on Friday] and I still gave him a great fight. He did dominate some rounds but the majority, I dominated them. I'll have to give him a rematch, because I won the fight. I'm not scared of him. Why wouldn't I give him a rematch?"
Maidana would later tell assembled media at the post-fight press conference that it was clear no one has ever attacked Mayweather the way he did and he was landing clean, hard shots. He made his case but finally lost his patience and let loose with, "enough words, just give me the fucking rematch."
He's right in one respect. No fighter has ever landed as many punches against Mayweather as Maidana did.
Floyd, for his part, admitted it was a hard fought battle but claimed he was trying to service fan interest:
"This was a tough, competitive fight. This is what fans want to see. I want to give fans an exciting fight. Normally, I box and move. Tonight, I gave fans an exciting fight. He put pressure on me and that's when I decided to fight differently. I stood there and fought him. He's a good fighter, I take nothing away from him."
With that said, "Money's" remarks at the post-fight press conference made clear that if the two tango again, the fight will look a lot different.
"He's a very rugged guy. ... I don't duck or dodge anyone. If Maidana feels he won, in September, he can get it again. Did Maidana win some rounds? Absolutely. I'm not going to cry and complain. ... Now, in September, if we fight again, will it be the same fight? Absolutely not. I could've made the fight a lot easier if I wanted to. ... He's a strong fighter. It's not like I've never been hit before."
Mayweather did say if the rematch does, in fact, take place, he doesn't want Tony Weeks presiding over the bout because he "was letting everything fly".
For complete results and blow-by-blow coverage of the bout click here, and for a detailed recap click here.