‘Money’ barely cashes in
By Kenneth D. Miller
Special to the NNPA from the Los Angeles Sentinel
As Floyd “Money” Mayweather approaches the twilight of his career facing four final fights, he emerged victorious from perhaps his most competitive battle to date, eking out a brawling majority decision win. In doing so, he captured the welterweight title against Marcos Maidana before a sold out crowd of more than 16,000 Saturday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, improving his record to 46-0.
“It was a tough fight, a tough competitive fight,” Mayweather said following the match. “I wanted to give the fans what they wanted.”
Maidana who threw 858 punches to Mayweather’s 426, landing just 221 to Mayweather’s 230, thought he won the fight. That’s the most any fighter has landed on him in 38 fights.
Mayweather suffered a cut as a result of an accidental head butt and bled for the first time in memory.
“A true champion can make adjustment to anything,” Mayweather said.
“I think I won the fight, because he didn’t come fight like a man,” Maidana said through an interpreter.
Mayweather has added all of the elements of a full ring circus to his showmanship repertoire implementing dancing clowns to his extravagant ring walk that included rap star Lil Wayne and troubled singer Justin Beiber.
The wild, freewheeling Maidana began the fight in his reckless swing style and did something few fighters have done against Mayweather, won the first round.
Maidana continued his assault of Mayweather through six rounds, ripping to the body and head and puffing the right cheek of Mayweather, although the undisputed pound-for-pound champ may have won a couple of them.
Mayweather got into a much better rhythm in round seven, using his savvy ringsmanship, fast hands and experience.
As the fight progressed, Mayweather proved why he is considered one of the best ever, making the essential adjustments, increasing his accuracy on jabs and body shots.
Ultimately, it became a matter of Maidana not having enough sustaining power, and Mayweather’s brilliant athleticism and tactical advantages.
Few can fault Maidana for his aggressiveness and intense effort, which may have earned him a rematch in September.